If the learner has a past experience of failure, it helps to take a fresh approach to spelling - you can experiment with many different ideas in this book. Sometimes either a teacher's or a learner's attitude to learning/spelling can cause a block. The 'Attitudes To Spelling ' questionnaire explores many incorrect assumptions about spelling (see Worksheets below). You may like to complete it then work through the responses in the Wobbly Spelling book.
Pick and Stick takes into account how our weird and wonderful English spelling system really works and how our brain can best remember spellings. It also shows you in great detail how to analyse your learner's errors and find a possible reason for their difficulties. A good understanding of these can help you be positive and confident about your teaching.
Your learner may be feeling anxious or irritable, so it's important to tread carefully and take your time before starting the Pick and Stick programme - this can make all the difference to your success. Sticking power is essential, as is a sense of fun and adventure to keep your learner on track. Try some of the relaxation or soothing activities from the 'Relax into Learning' section (pages 27-35).
Is it hard to get your learner into the habit of practicing their spelling list regularly without nagging or tantrums? The key to success with wobbly spelling is to get organised and develop good learning habits. Every new project involves kicking off with a plan of action:this guide helps you do that with a host of strategies and worksheets. (See pages 18 and 22).