Teachers pick up tips on making spelling fun for the whole school
The tables were turned on some 100 teachers, who became the students in a hands-on workshop, discussing fun ways to teach spelling and jotting down their ideas in groups.
The 10-minute activity of a special teachers' briefing on Tuesday to further spread spelling fever in schools is part of the third edition of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship (NSC). Among the ideas tossed up by the educators: Setting up a "spelling box" where pupils submit words to be randomly drawn out for a spelling quiz, giving groups of pupils letters of the alphabet to form words, and showing pupils how words can change by adding on affixes.
Over the next three months, more than 1,000 pupils islandwide are expected to vie for the title of Singapore's top speller. He will win $5,000 and the challenge trophy for his or school. Schools have until Feb 24 to register up to 10 participants and two reserves each to take part in the written preliminary round on March 1. A series of spelling tips will also run in Little Red Dot - The Straits Times' publication for primary schools.
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