About the author:
After more than thirty years of teaching writing skills and developing his own unique mechanics exercises at a top New York school, Jim Halverson decided to share his successful methods with a wider audience. The result was Spelling Works, a book that makes the difficult task of English orthography both engaging and fun.
As Halverson says, “Every teacher knows the inefficiency of teaching spelling by rote memorization. The kids study for the quizzes, do well on them, and then misspell many of the same words the next day in their own writing.” To involve the students, he created exercises that are each part of an ongoing story, and at the end of each unit they review the new concept with games and a “spelling maze.” An added benefit of exercises that are stories is that the students also learn better proofreading skills as they scan sentences for misspellings.
Jim Halverson grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Brown University, and lived in Paris. After teaching in Baltimore, he and his wife Anita moved to New York where he taught at Saint Ann’s, a private non-sectarian school, for over thirty years and also wrote six books for Scholastic, Inc. He is now retired, and he and Anita split their time between New York and Maine.