I've seen a few different schools of thought on this and am completely unsure of what to do. When I student taught in 1st grade, my mentor teacher would make sure all words were spelled correctly, give students a list of words on the board to write with, and do a teacher edit (no peers) during the lesson (kids would line up to see her, then go back to their desks to change mistakes). Now that I'm a teacher, my 1st grade team is saying that is what Kindergarten does, and I should let my kids use their own creative spelling, then peer edit. They say it takes longer, but it's better coaching. So... I'm thinking about combining the word lists (word wall plus words relevant to our topic) and peer editing... ideally I want most of the words spelled right because I think it's good practice... but I'm not sure anymore. What do all of YOU wonderful teachers do? I'm really really curious now about different ways this process can take place.