Struggling writer, excellent reader!

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  1. goodnightstar

    goodnightstar New Member

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    I have a student who reads very well but struggles with writing. She struggles with her handwriting, but more importantly, can't use her phonics skills to spell words. There is a big disconnect and I can't figure out what it is. I'm going to start tutoring her, but would appreciate any suggestions/insights.


    (I don't teach in a public school, so I don't have access to specialists/resources to help.)
     
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  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    Many times my best readers are timid when it comes to writing. They feel the need to be perfect and dislike the fact that they cannot spell words correctly.

    I would definitely see if she is experiencing anxiety about her writing. If so, I would begin with oral story telling and shared writing to build her confidence.
     
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    goodnightstar New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion! I will look into that. But her issue is more with not being able to unblend words in order to spell them out. I'm thinking it might be dysgraphia.
     
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    I teach gifted third graders. Their reading ability is almost universally vastly better than their writing ability. Their hands just can't move fast enough to keep up with their brains.

    Also, as far as language arts concerns go, spelling is probably the last thing on my list of things to worry about. When I talk to parents and bring up spelling concerns, it is either to reinforce difficulty in phonics in reading, or because they literally do everything else so well that I bring up spelling because it's all I have. Different kids develop their spelling at different rates. Get this kiddo into something like Words Their Way, encourage her to keep reading, and she'll be fine. Dysgraphia is a very, very different issue.
     
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    Then you might start with some phonemic awareness activities that ask her to segment spoken words orally and slowly transition to spelling simple CVC words.
     

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