"How do you spell...?"
I can hear you now, "If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that, I could have retired years ago!"
There has been a lot of conversation in recent years about the importance and necessity of spelling instruction. Regardless of where you may stand on that issue, the fact remains that students are concerned about getting the spelling correct. Instead of simply telling them to spell the word the best way they can, provide them with their very own Word Wall or Writing Assistant.
This is a simple little tool I have developed that lists the most commonly used words in the English language and has spaces to write in those words that are regional or personal favorites. The best part of all is your students won't be asking you, "Teacher, how do you spell...?"