Thursday, July 14, 2011

Words Their Way

The year that I taught 2nd grade before, my school was a Reading First school. I had to go to a ton of workshops about literacy to comply with the grant. The best thing I learned about was Words Their Way. I remember initially thinking how overwhelming it would be to fill out those huge assessment sheets for all of the students in my class....but I tried it the following year when I was teaching 4th grade. I literally gave them the spelling test the first day of school (along with a math screener and a writing screener -- those poor children probably thought I was the meanest person in the world!).

It did take a LOT of time to grade them...but I put my students into groups and we fumbled our way through the process. I say fumbled because like anything new it does have its bumps. But by January, you would never know that these children hadn't been doing these sorts forever. They were amazing at them. They got so good that most of them could practice the sort for only 3-5 minutes a day Monday - Thursday and still pass the skill set that week! I also had students do so well that they actually SKIPPED a pattern style. 

As always, I am super ultra organized when it comes to keeping up with systems like this. YES, it is overwhelming and YES it will take you time. But it is worth it. I will shout to the rooftops that buying this set is the best $125 I have ever spent in my teaching career. 

First you start with the Words Their Way book itself (which is essential for the background and to get you started -- plus the included CD has a lot of great stuff!). I also have a binder to house my word sort books.

I found this great spelling test tracker at Laura Candler's website and had the students use it to track their progress with their sorts. We pulled these out at Parent Conference and it was really nice to be able to really show the parents how their children were doing. I can tell you that children who did NOT use their word sorts at home did not score as well as those who did and it was really evident on these sheets!

Inside my binder, I have 4 levels of Word Sorts. This is the newest one that I just bought, for Letter Name-Alphabetic Spellers. This one was essential for teaching 2nd grade because many kiddos in 1st-3rd are in this stage. The nicest part about these individual books is that they are already 3-hole punched and perforated. It makes it very easy to put them together into the same binder.

This is the final book that I have, intended for 5th - 12th graders and has pretty challenging sorts in it. When I was teaching 4th, I actually had to buy this one because I had some students who from fall to winter jumped from Within Word to this level and I wanted to have the sorts on hand. Unlikely that I'll have any 2nd graders at this level but you never know! And now I have a whole range so regardless of what grades I teach in the future, I'll be set.


So how do you get started using Words Their Way?

There are 3 different spelling inventories included in the initial Words Their Way book: primary (for K-3), elementary (for 1st-5th -- lower end of the grades if they get a lot correct on the primary test) and upper-level  (for 4th-high school). When I used this before, I used the elementary test and it worked out fine. This year for 2nd grade, I will use the primary test.

You give the test whenever you are ready to start this type of program. I liked giving it the first day even though it might seem overwhelming because then I had the rest of that week (as we were doing other beginning of the year assessments per the district and getting to know each other) to get them graded so we'd be ready to go by the 2nd week. 

You need to read Words Their Way and follow the directions therein but basically you analyze each child's answers and learn what kind of speller they are. Which ever area has the most mistakes is what group that child ends up in. There are forms in the book that guide you through how to group the students. It's really easy once you read through and look at the examples.

Working with Groups

When I did this before, I had 4 different levels at the same time (5 actual groups because one level had so many students). I just gave them group numbers 1-5 and at the start of each week, we would meet together for up to 10 minutes to model the new sort and answer any questions the students might have. I ONLY met with my groups the first day -- the other days they did partner sorts or speed sorts. After awhile we literally never spent more than 10 minutes a day on the sorts (after Monday when each group met with me to get their new list).

I have also read about teachers who stagger their groups so that group 1 gets a new sort on Monday, group 2 on Tuesday, etc so that it's a bit easier to manage within the time constraints of the particular classroom. I am a big advocate of finding what works in YOUR class.

Games

I didn't really use the games very much but it is something I want to do with my 2nd graders (which is one of the reasons I have pulled this out so early this summer -- I can make some of them!). I did use a couple of the games for a project for a reading class that I was taking to finish my masters and students LOVED them. You could have game day Thursday to practice the patterns or better yet, make them an Academic Friday choice activity.

Assessment

People would never believe me when I told them that I gave 4 spelling tests at the same time. They thought I was crazy. I'm sure many subs that year thought that as well if I was out on test day! I really did give 4 tests at the same time. I doubt I would do that with 2nd graders but my 4th graders did well with it. Most of the sorts have about 20 words and I would choose about 8 to test them on each week. It was enough for me to really see if they were getting the pattern that we were studying (because the point isn't to memorize the word, it's to learn the pattern).  

I bought these fun half sheets of paper online somewhere that were perfect for spelling tests. I would choose my words for each group and write them out on MY half slip and then we'd take our test. I would give the test like this: "Group 1, your first word is [word]" then I'd use it in a sentence and repeat and then go on "Group 2, your first word is [word]" and continue in that fashion. Again, it sounds bizarre and it was the first few times but I noticed two things.

a) very RARELY did the children ever get "lost" 
b) it forced them to pay attention so they wrote down the words for their group and not someone else's!
c) they heard a TON of other words as we were testing which can only be a good thing!

Overall

I REALLY liked using WTW as my main spelling program. I am not a big fan of giving children the same list and letting them basically memorize it. Using the patterns really helped a lot of my students that year grow as readers as well because they were able to find words in their books in the same patterns they were working on or had worked on previously. There is a lot of connection made and the children internalize the patterns because they use them over and over (and the sorts are fun!).

I actually had students who ended up with dozens of the little word cards because they never wanted to recycle them after we finished that sort. I just copied them normal size from the book and the kids cut them out but you could easily enlarge them a little and print on cardstock and then laminate and cut so they could be reused from year to year. I am still debating if I want to do that. It'll take a LOT of organizing and prep to start with but they'd be more durable and would last a long time.


Have you used Words Their Way? Do you plan to? What are your thoughts?

**If you have questions that aren't fully answered in this post, please leave it in the comments. I will try my best to answer them all. If I get quite a few I'll do a follow up post about this to answer the questions.


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55 comments:

  1. Hi Sunny...
    I love WTW!! I first learned about it in college and used it while I interned {great stuff}. Last year our school had a big push for WTW and word sorts. I gave both the PSI and ESI to my kids {they are just at so many different levels in 3rd grade} because I felt it would give me better data to work on. For the first part of the year it was great! I'll be honest - I didn't differentiate {It was my first year and I was a bit overwhelmed} But....then our principal had us do some other list of words {800 most used words} - it totally threw our word study off. I'm excited that our new spelling adoption is based on word sorts/patterns. They have already built in differentiation {the above level receives words that would have patterns more at their level, same with below level}. It doesn't give the full effect of WTW - but it's a great stepping block for me. It also already has the word sorts done for you! {YEA!!} This summer I started making all of my word sorts so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Unfortunately I lost my CD to my WTW book...otherwise I would totally be making games!Good luck and I look forward to hearing more about using WTW this year!
    -Audrey
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

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  2. I LOVE WTW, too! When I was a teacher in Va., our school paid for each of us to take the UVa. course on word study and using WTW, and I've used it ever since. Great post! Do you have the new 5th edition? I'm gonna get it this summer. It's got an online training component and new video clips included.

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  3. I got two different WTW books last year for my Kinders. One had rhymes and picture sorts and the other was more into spelling but I never used them. I planned to and I just never did it. I would love to get more organized about it this year and do the assessments so that I can group kids. Although I would love to do it with my whole class, the only time I could fit it in would be when some kids attend ELD class (which is really unfortunate because it would be great for them too). I was chucking about your comment that the books are hole punched and perforated making them really easy to put in binders because one of my books got totally torn up when I tried putting it in a binder. Many of the pages ripped. Next time I will send it to our print shop and they can take the binding off cleanly! I hate that it got ripped and it bugs me so much because it takes away from the organized feel! I am sure you can relate to that!! We perfectionists think alike. You have motivated me to try this again. Do you know if the picture sorts actually have an assessment? I have to take another look but the materials are in my classroom so I can't get access until next month when I return to the states. I should look up the books I got on amazon or something to see what it says. My teaching partner and I have been emailing like crazy...we are so excited to share new ideas for the next school year!! I am getting the itch to start planning! I wish I had all my good teacher books with me! Sorry for the essay!!!

    <3 KT

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  4. This sounds like a really great program! I had never heard of it before-- thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Audrey -- sometimes I have to wonder what administrators think. Like last year when mine told me I couldn't use Daily 5 because it's "not balanced literacy" :p Shut the door and do what you know is right :)

    Wendi -- I have the 4th edition. I did not know that they had a new one. Must.Refrain.From.Purchasing! :)

    KT -- I'm with ya!! One of my first books got ripped when I was tearing them out and I was SO ticked. And it KILLS ME when I flip past those pages! This time, however, I just broke the spine and then stripped the whole cover off first...and pulled pages out and cut off the perforation. ;) Cheating but it got the job done! The new book I just got has picture sorts to start with and there IS an assessment for them at the end of that unit. The kiddos get a series of pictures and have to write the correct letter on the line to indicate the sound they hear.

    Sarah -- it is a great program! It is definitely worth the time!

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  6. "Sunny" You rock! I was searching for a picture of a desk with chairs on it and I found you. I saw your pics from the beginning of the year and said out loud "Hey, that's my school!" This is totally amazing and I am so sad that we probably won't teach together next year. I see now that we have even more in common than I thought! See you soon :)

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  7. Hey lady! I knew someone would find me out sooner or later! Now you see why I am "Sunny" -- real name is too easily identifiable!! :)

    I'm with ya. Need a place to let it all out so my poor husband doesn't have to hear it all the time!

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  8. :) Your identity is safe with me. You have inspired me to start my own blog too. I haven't done much with it yet though, still in a summer frame of mind. www.wildworldofteaching.blogspot.com

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  9. Me too! I am ALL ABOUT SUMMER!!

    Can't help the teachery stuff slipping in every now and then though :)

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  10. I am a teacher in Queensland Australia. I got sick of the time taken to mark the sheets so I have developed an Excel Spreadsheet and some code that allows you to simply type in the words the way the children spelled the words and it works out the feature points, words correct, and areas where the child requires intervention. It also allows you to list your class in a column and it creates a tab and reproduced sheet for each child so you can add their spelling. What is even better is that it is absolutely free. If you want the files just e-mail me at: dier02@gmail.com and I will send you a link to a dropbox folder where you can download them.

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    1. I know it was a few years ago you posted this but I am wondering if you still have that file for WTW? That sounds amazing. My e-mail is hailey.marinn6@gmail.com Thank you!!

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    2. I know it was a few years ago that you posted this but do you still have that Excel spread sheet? That sounds extremely helpful. My e-mail is hailey.marinn6@gmail.com

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    3. Ever get a response? This tracker sounds good but I want to know the email address is legit!

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    4. It is. Just responded to the post above this one. I included the e-mail again so you can contact me if you wish. I have refined the sheet over the past two years and am constantly surprised by the demand for it. I have sent it to nearly every state in America, most of Canada and am quite happy to do so. Just e-mail dier02@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Promise.

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    5. I would love for you to send this to me...my email is amariahhash@gmail.com

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    6. I would love for you to send this to me...my email is amariahhash@gmail.com

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    7. I have moved the spreadsheet to TPT due to the demand. However, I am happy to provide additional support to modify it to your needs. The e-mail address is still the same.

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    8. I can't find this onTPT. What is your store name?
      Thanks~
      ant.trentham@gmail.com

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  11. I am teaching a class with a large part of the class not being able to hear phonetic sounds. Do you think this Program will help them?

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    1. It can't hurt! When I use this program, I REALLY emphasize having my students sound out the words so they can hear the patterns--there are a LOT of words in the program that will try to fool the kids because the letter pattern is the same but the SOUND is different and that's what you're teaching them to look at.

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  12. We started using WTW last year in first grade. We had the main book, but didn't use the colored books that you put in binders. What is in the colored books? Would it be worth the investment since it won't be refunded by my school. My husband still asks will you be reimbursed by the school. :)

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    1. The colored books are full of word sorts for every level. I think it's worth the money if you plan to actually use the program. Best money I've ever spent with the growth I see in kids who use it.

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  13. Our school is going to use WTW this coming fall. I have never used it before and would like learn more over the summer before I go back. Any suggested websites, books, or advice? I love your blog :)

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    1. If at all possible, I would read the Words Their Way text. It has everything you need to know how to effectively test your class(es) and how to provide the students with the strategies they need to know in order to be successful with the program.

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  14. Sunny...when I read how you used WTW, I felt like I was reading about my own teaching! Your program is exactly how I administer it in my room. I am so happy to hear that other teachers are using WTW because I am the only one at my school and once you find your niche, it's not hard at all. I've been lucky enough to work with the authors of the book here in Nevada and they are simply amazing people with a wealth of knowledge. Differentiation in spelling just makes sense! I will however borrow your half sheet idea for writing down which words you give to each group! Easier than using a copy of the word sort and writing the numbers all over it! :) Thanks! I enjoyed reading your posts!

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  15. Hi Sunny! My school is implementing WTW this year and I also teach 2nd grade! I was a K teacher for 3 years, so I feel a bit overwhelmed, but am excited about WTW. Thanks for the info on how you set your class up doing this. I am going to try to follow suit!

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  16. Did you know the Australian Supplement will be out in October?
    All the American spelling and pictures have been replaced.
    The spelling stages have been matched with the Australian curriculum.
    It includes lots of new sorts, including a number using the high frequency words, It has digital ones as well and an app for the phone too.
    I am excited!

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  17. Please help me! Both my daughter and I are very frustrated with WTW. My daughter is in second grade and she started WTW in first grade At first I thought it was great. They sent home a word sort list with about 20 words, with 2 or 3 different patterns like the short a sound and long a sound with silent e or consenant blends like fl, sl, and gr. They always told the kids what the pattern was though and never asked them to figure the patterns out for themselves. The teacher sent home several examples of activities/games to learn the pattern. On Fridays they would be tested on 8 of the sort words and 2 challenge words that they had never seen. This was working great and my daughter never missed a word and her reading was improving. Toward the end of the year she started bring home sorts with conflicting patterns. For example, the sort patterns would be long A and include silent e, AI vowel team, and AY vowel team. She had no problems sorting the words but on the tests when they gave her the 2 challenge words not on the sort sheet she had no idea if it was silent e, AI, or AY. I asked the teacher how she was supposed to know and the answer I got is that she just had to memorize it. How is she supposed to memorize words she has never seen before? There were only a few weeks left in the school year so I just let it go. Well the first week in second grade isn't going any better and I really don't want to spend the whole year like this. Her first word sort that came was short a CVC, long a CVCe, and long a CVVC. The long a CVVC was all AI vowel teams. She has no problems sorting the words (the patterns were again listed right on the sort sheet) but she missed the challenge word "claim" (she spelled it clame). I again sent an email asking how she was supposed to know which long a sound it was supposed to be and I again I got the response that she just has to memorize it. ARG! What am I missing here? She is doing fine on her reading skills but now she doesn't know how to spell anything! She is even getting confused on words that she has been spelling correctly for years like tail and boat. Do I need to buy a $150 book with associated workbooks to understand how to help my daughter! Can someone please tell me what I am missing so I can help her understand this program. Thank you.

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    1. No you don't need to buy the workbooks to help her. She should be memorizing the PATTERN, not the words. When those word sorts come home, she should be able to sort them by the pattern they have because it's the pattern that makes the word. In other words, once you learn the pattern for AI vowels, you should be able to encounter many words with that pattern and spell them correctly by paying attention to the letters AROUND it. Part of it is knowing when something doesn't look right. If she's learned the "ai" pattern and the "magic/bossy e" pattern, she should be able to look at "clame" and know that it doesn't look correct.

      I teach my students to analyze the ENTIRE WORD. So the CVVC ai teams should all be looked at to notice the letters around it as well....back to the word "claim"...LaiM (CvvC). Does that help?

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  18. Anonymous - I'm with you. This program may be a hit with teachers, but it stinks for learning. Our daughter was a fantastic speller through 3rd grade, mostly due to her reading habits, but she also had teachers who would stretch her abilities on spelling tests with extra challenging words. The 4th grade hit with this inane system of little pieces of cut up papers in plastic baggies so they wouldn't get lost that need to be sorted into rules that aren't rules (basically, you need to know how to spell the word to know which list it goes in, which makes the list stuff pointless). And on top of it being frustrating because it replaces learning to spell with learning to shoehorn words into nonsensical categories, her spelling went downhill.

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    1. I disagree that it is pointless. The research behind it well proves that when students learn the patterns of the words, they are better spellers.

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    2. We moved this summer to a new state and are now being introduced to WTW. Our sons were excelling in both reading and spelling. Our first grader is sorting beginning sounds yet spells at end of 2nd year level. I'm extremely frustrated but not as much as he is when we're doing homework. He actually said it's making him feel stupid last night. I think we're making it more difficult than it has to be for students these days. It's possible that the teacher's abilities have a great deal to do with the success of this program. We have a 2nd year teacher who seems quite unorganized and has yet to even send home any instructions regarding WTW or how to assist our children in making this seem sensible. Frustrated and annoyed that we are at the end of the 4th week of school and I'm considering homeschooling because of this and other ridiculous programs being used by our new school system.

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  19. My daughter just started this program. One thing that helps is to make a mental picture of the words that get sorted together. Ex: cruise, suit, juice -- on a cruise in a bathing suit drinking juice. Obviously some words lend themselves to this more than others, but I plan to keep trying this method as she like it and the imagery definitely aided her memory.

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    1. I find it very important to use strategies like this to help the children. Every teacher also adapts it their own way--some may be more successful than others. In my experience, once I have taught children how to really analyze the word, their spelling ability skyrockets.

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  20. I am considering WTW for my fifth graders. I have a huge gulf of abilities. Dome spell on a college level and a few on third grade. Can I use this system when we come back from Christmas break?

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  21. I am considering using WTW with fifth graders. I have a huge ability gulf in my classes. Is this effective for this age group? The spelling system we use know offers some dory's based on patterns, but the kids did not know why they were doing what they are doing. Would it be a good idea to start this when we come back from Christmas?

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    1. I have used it with 2nd, 4th and 5th graders. It is very effective. The last book in the series (syllables/affixes if I remember correctly, although it may be derivational) is geared for kids up through college. Personally I would buy the first book and read it to see if it is something you're willing to try. That would give you time to set it up for after Christmas if that is something you were still interested in doing :)

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  22. I am ready now to step off the cliff and start using WTW after Christmas break. I will be giving my kids the spelling inventory next week. My question is this: what do you do besides the daily sorts as activity? Do you assess based on the eight word test? My last hurdle is showing my department head what a week of lessons will look like and how much assessment there will be with this curriculum. Do your students keep a spelling journal? I am nervous but excited about this change. I have kids who spell on a third grade level in the same room as kids who are college level. I can see the benefits, but I feel like I am stepping off a cliff. How do I start?!?

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    1. I have used it both ways...I have done a lot of the extra activities described in the original book (games, hunts, etc) and I've also just simply had the kids practice the sorts. The latter is a good option for when you're shy on time for it (aren't we always??).

      What I did with 4th grade is the inventory then I had 5 groups (two were the same level but I had to split them in half because I had so many students in that level). We practiced the sort together on Monday as part of the word work time we had. It only takes about 5-10 minutes tops to introduce and work through the new sort depending upon the size of the group. I have them focus on the SOUNDS and the PATTERN of the words (because visually some might have the right letters but not the right sound and thus wouldn't fit in the category). Their job throughout the rest of the week was to practice it whenever they had a spare minute. On Fridays I tested. 5-8 words for each group. I did the tests simultaneously as weird as that sounds (ie.Group 1, word 1; Group 2, word 1, etc). It was weird at first for the kids but they got the hang of it fast and it took me maybe 15 minutes to give the tests to my whole class.

      Personally I think it is vital to find what works for YOU and your class.

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  23. So, I know that this post is from last year, but did you decide to give all of your spelling tests at the same time or did you decide to stagger your groups instead? I have First Graders this year, and I am trying to decide the best way. I staggered my groups when I taught fourth. But this year, I am behind the curve with planning... I got my job literally on the first day of school, and I am just treading water to stay alive this year. I only just decided before Christmas break that my firsties are fine to deal with WTW, so we're jumping into the deep end on Monday (they don't know this yet... I hope they bring their floaties! :) Lol).

    Anyway. I'm a new follower of your blog, and I'd love for you to stop by mine. I've been sort of MIA in cyberworld for a couple of weeks, but I will be updating my blog soon! :)

    -Carrie
    Floating Through First Grade

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    1. Hi Carrie! With firsties I would probably stagger or they might get confused. When I had 4th (the grade I REALLY jumped in with this program), we did our tests all at the same time. (ie. Group 1, word 1; group 2, word 1, etc) because they were older and could definitely handle it.

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  24. Raye,

    We have started our first week of WTW this week. As the book suggests, we will all work on the same sorts for the first two or three weeks as my students transition to this system. My question is this: when you are sorting and students see more categories that are possible, do you make addtional header or key word cards for the sort? We have been working with -s and -es to form plurals. My students quickly caught that you should have categories for sh, ch, x, and s. How do you handle this?

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    1. I'm so sorry I missed this comment! :(

      I wouldn't add extra headers. If the kids notice there could be others, praise that because its fabulous! But I would let them know they only want to focus on the patterns given. If they are so inclined to practice the sort in another way they found, by all means let them! I think they are going to know the word soooo much better if they do that. But I would leave the extra headers out.

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  25. I know this post is older, but we are just looking into using Words Their Way. After using it for a couple of years are you still happy with the program? I loved how this post really lays out exactly how to implement it in a classroom.
    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  26. WTW is the best spelling and vocabulary building program I have ever used (in 10+ years of teaching). I started using it six weeks ago with my Gr.4/5 class and they love, love, love it. We do closed and peer (open) sorts with sentences to explain them. I give them a word list for school and one to take home. They do a wordsearch for each list. They use letter stamps, wiki stix, magnetic letters and/or stencils to practice their words. I test my highest group (4 or 5 students in this group) and then they test the other groups for me. We have word game day and they use scrabble, boggle, word tile games and the Smartboard and rotate in four groups to each "stop". I find they motivate each other and I have heard them talk about spelling and letter patterns and word meanings like I never have heard before! Beautiful :) Nadine

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  27. Raye,
    I am really excited to use WTW.Thank you for the great information on your blog. I have a 1st/2nd/3rd split. I have tried to google "What books will I need for 1st/2nd/3rd" but I did not find much. What books would you recommend for these grades? I want to get them soon so I can implement the program this September.

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    1. You will definitely want to have the original "Words Their Way" book that describes the program and includes the screener tests and information. You COULD get by solely with that book if you have the time/inclination to create your own sorts.

      If you want to buy the books that contain the sorts, for your grade levels, I would make sure I had the Letter-Name Alphabetic and Within Word pattern books to begin the school year. They will provide you with plenty of sorts to get you started. (In my experience, most kids fall somewhere within those two levels at the start of the year if they have never had experience with WTW before.) Hope this helps :)

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  28. When did your students practice the sort independently? I absolutely love the sorts and have all 4 books. I also teach 2nd grade and would also like to incorporate some games. I'm just struggling to figure out when in the day it will all fit in. :)

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    1. With my younger students, this was something they did before they went to their literacy station. It really only takes 5 minutes once they have practiced it a few times. I would get my group settled at my table with me and my kiddos who were at "word work" station would spend the first few minutes practicing their sort and then go to their station. I would imagine that you could easily put some of the games into the word work station as a choice for the students to practice. What kiddo doesn't want to play games?? :)

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  29. I must say I agree with some of the other parents' comments above. I am in Australia, and my daughter is using this program in her first grade classroom. Half the time *I* don't even know where to put the words (and for the record, my spelling and vocabulary have always been far above average). My daughter is an excellent reader, but I don't think this program is helping her. Some of the categories just don't make sense (eg should "broom" and "room" go in the same category as "pool" and "stool"? Because for my money that's a different sound, but she has been told they go together!) Add to this the fact that half the sorts only work if you have an American accent, and it makes things extremely confusing! My daughter has even brought home words that are spelled (for Australia) wrongly (eg "gray", when the English/Australian spelling is "grey"). I hate that my girl is being taught to spell things incorrectly! My daughter's teacher is lovely, but I wish she wasn't using this program. I would suggest that if any teacher IS thinking of using this program, they may need to consider putting some serious effort into teaching the parents how to use it as well. I am supposed to check my daughter's work each night, and it's very hard to be supportive of what the teacher has taught her when it seems so very wrong to me!

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    1. I just had a Mom give me the First Book Words Their Way. I have seen it used before and would love to use it in my classroom. What are the books I would need to print the words and things from to have the complete set. Can you please help me out.

      Thanks Alissa

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  30. Check out this new Spelling Assessment App - it will automatically grade the Feature Sheets and allow you to administer the inventories online! I developed it for my son's teacher when I saw how painful it was to grade those sheets manually! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smarty-k12/id767644570?mt=8

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  31. Hi Raye, Could you recommend a professional development workshop for Words Their Way? A few workshops were mentioned as part of other professional development programs, but I am interested in one specifically about WTW? Thank you! I have really enjoyed reading about this topic on your blog!

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  32. Hello,
    I and 2 other colleagues have a group of 75 first through third graders. We want to start WTW in the fall. Your information is very helpful. Do you have any additional thoughts for a group this large? Thanks for your time.

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