What is the function of your word wall? Is it so that students can spell words correctly or find good vocabulary words to use in their writing? Here's what I'm thinking... For the past 2 years I've had a traditional wall, a-b-c order, random words from our terrible vocab program, commonly misspelled words, etc. The kids don't use it. Last year they had personal word walls in their writing folders for spelling, these were heavily utilized, especially during editing and I will definitely continue this. But I don't want the traditional word wall anymore. What I'm envisioning is using my back board (the size of the whole wall) as my word wall and instead of putting up the letters, putting up pictures of books we've read or titles of articles we've read for close reading and having words from the books or the articles that we've discussed. Then having some sort of interactive piece where they can take the word back to their seat and see a definition or how it was used in the context of the article or story. I feel like this would be so much more meaningful. Truth is, I don't care that much about spelling. I like that they can refer to the words on the their personal word walls when editing but other than that I'd rather stress using better vocabulary than just having a list of words. Does that make sense? What do you think?