A few teacher friends- Mandy N., Tricia F., and Martha S.- and myself had the pleasure of meeting with Instructechs consultant, Karen Loman, for coffee last night. What a good time we had! We were all getting to share with each other and gain Karen’s insight on guided reading and spelling. It is rare that teachers get time to get together to share with one another and we enjoyed this so much. It was decided by the classroom teachers with Karen’s help to take the step to not do weekly spelling tests any more. Rather, they will be checking to see if the words have transferred to the students’ actual writing pieces. What about at your school: do you give weekly spelling tests or has your school done away with this?