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The Spalding Method
Transcript of The Spalding Method
The Spalding Method was created by a teacher who taught in Mississippi, California, and New York public and private schools. This teachers name was Romalda Spalding.
Mrs. Spalding studied under Dr. Samuel Orton (neurologist) and later adopted his whole class instruction to her own ways.
She then used her multisensory method teaching children at Harvard Children's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Later on she published the first edition of "The Writing Road to Reading" in 1957. This is the main tool for the Spalding Method.
This method uses explicit, integrated instruction and multisensory techniques to teach spelling, writing, and reading.
She finally went to certify 14 teachers in the Spalding Method in the 70's-80's.
Usage in the Classroom
Designed for grades kindergarten through sixth grade.
Students work on spelling, writing, and reading for 90-120 minutes a day.
Spelling: the students are taught to use a basic marking system to connect speech sounds to print. In order to do this they must first separate words into syllables and mark in notebooks which will eventually form a personal glossary of marked words. The spelling section also teaches students to read and write 70 common phonograms and how to blend them into high-frequency words.
Usage in the Classroom
Writing: the students practice using high-frequency words. The goal of this section is to work from composing sentences and paragraphs to writing stories, plays, poems, and research reports. The students will work in a focus of writing types, attributes, and structure.
Reading: The emphasis in this section is text structure, listening, and reading comprehension strategies. The students use what they learn about other words to read new words. The selections provided come from classical literature, biographies, poetry, and science.
This method uses trade books instead of Basal readers.
Learning with a child-centered approach.
Using multisensory instruction.
Encouraging higher-level thinking.
Achieving quality work.
Recognizing the value and importance of tasks.
Integrating language arts into all curriculum areas.
Savage, John F. "Approaches to Teaching Phonics: Embedded and Direct Instruction Pg. 133." Sound It Out!: Phonics in a Comprehensive Reading Program. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2007. Print.
Spalding method is based on both small and whole group instruction.
Research shows that this method is successful with diverse students including learning disabilities, and ELL students. Daily observation and assessment helps determine how to meet needs.
The Spalding Method is scientifically based content and methodology.
Tools used: 32 weeks of lesson plans, lesson plan templates, recommended literature lists, Spalding phonogram rules and cues, Spalding checklists, Spalding Spelling assessment, home educator kit, and an online course.
MILA Part 1: provides knowledge and skills necessary to implement WRTR in a variety of settings.
MILA Part 2: expands knowledge of scientifically-based language arts content and methodology.
Coaching Course 1: designed for individuals currently coaching Spalding teachers or those who may wish to do so in the future. It is designed to help you meet the challenges involved in mentoring your peers.
Parent Course: designed to explain the program to parents in simple terms.
Professional Development: this is for teachers that complete course 1.
Spalding Authorized Tutor: Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must complete WRTR 1 or MILA 1 with a grade A. Then you must send in an application and pay the fee.
Spalding Certified Teacher: Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Must complete WRTR 1 or MILA 1 with a grade A. Must have a minimum of 1 year of implementing the WRTR. Must complete WRTR 2 or MILA 2 with a grade A. Send in an application and the fee.
Spalding School Accreditation