Welcome to my "private stories!" These are actual Instagram stories I created just for newsletter subscribers- they can only be viewed here, not on Instagram. The theme of these stories is transcription, otherwise known as handwriting and spelling:
My latest obsession for isolated spelling practice (ie. without handwriting demands) is this $11 embossing label maker from Amazon. I feel like the novelty of an embossing label-maker is similar to that of a typewriter... It's so old-fashioned that students are immediately intrigued and eager to use it, even if that means they'll have to spell words! Then they inevitably fall in love with the satisfying, oh-so-analogue CLICK the machine makes as each letter is punched and the exciting ZZZZ sound of the label being printed.
The machine is also useful beyond securing student engagement. I've noticed that students sometimes remember the individual twisting motions required to spell certain words. For example, they may remember that going from "g" to "a" requires a longer twist than going from "g" to "i," and this helps them recall which vowel is in a red word. Interesting, huh!? I'll have photos of students using this tool in my next newsletter. In the meanwhile, if you end up buying your own, send me photos of how you use it- I'd love to see!