The purpose of this research was to investigate how training in THE SPALDING METHOD® impacted teachers’ instructional methods, beliefs, and assessment of student literacy learning.
In particular, the teachers in this study found that their understanding of the English language and spelling rules was strengthened through the process of course work and classroom-based mentorship.
Some of the strengths of THE SPALDING METHOD® according to the teachers:
“With Spalding, my students have the tools to spell high frequency words. I am giving them tools to stretch out words and solve unfamiliar words. I feel bad that I didn’t give all of my students in the past these tools. I will forever have these techniques to use.”
”What I find interesting is that it was advertised as a program for kids with dyslexia and I have a student just diagnosed and he is really using the program. (…) He needs to know every sound and syllabication. He wouldn’t just pick that up.”
“The class taught me a lot of things I did not know. I think it’s nice to know why things in the English language are the way they are. I know how to spell certain words and I wasn’t able to explain it before. Now I have a greater base of knowledge so I can answer students’ questions.”
“It’s my second year teaching Kindergarten and I felt a need to get a better handle on the phonics. I do believe the students really do need it. We’ve had a few different programs that have not been successful. We were in dire need of this.”
“I like the systematic approach. The way you teach Spalding is different by teaching all the letter sounds up front. It is easier when students are writing to support them by thinking about which sounds they know. I now am able to talk a lot more about different letter sounds(…)”
THE SPALDING METHOD® has been praised by teachers for its consistent structure and its ability to provide them with a deeper understanding of the English language. They have also noted that the program provides students with the tools to spell high-frequency words, to decode higher-level texts, and to improve phonics skills. The systematic approach of teaching all letter sounds up front has been found to be easier for students, and it supports them when writing. Overall, THE SPALDING METHOD® has proven to be a valuable resource for teachers and students alike.
Our mission is to increase literacy for all children and adults by using THE SPALDING METHOD® to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished writers and spellers.