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Mark Weakland is a literacy consultant and coach, author, and musician. During his twenty-three years in public education, he was a fourth- and fifth-grade learning support teacher, a reading consultant, and a Title I reading specialist, K–6. His work with struggling learners and students with disabilities has taught him that all children can learn a great deal, and this makes him passionate about best practice literacy instruction.
In 2014 Mark founded Mark Weakland Literacy. Through his business, Mark presents nationally, works regionally with school districts to strengthen their literacy programs, and regularly teaches in elementary and middle school classrooms. His model lessons focus on writing instruction, reading strategies and routines, and effective instructional techniques that engage all learners.
Mark exercises his creativity through writing and music, as well as teaching. His award-winning books for children include more than fifty informational picture books, a book of poetry (and audiobook), and a middle-grade novel,The West End Tree House Mystery.His essays and humor pieces for grownups have been published inThe Funny TimesandReading Today; his resource books for teachers includeThe Dramatically Different Classroom(with Christine Laitta) andSuper Core! Supercharging Your Basal Reading Program(ILA, 2014).
Mark holds a master’s of education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching certifications include general science, special education, elementary education, and reading. He studied in Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund.
Once a full-time starving artist, Mark still performs as a singer, drummer, and guitarist. His original songs and compositions have been finalists in the John Lennon and USA Songwriting contests, he co-composed the symphonic piece Child of Wonder, and his collections of kids’ songs have won multiple Parents’ Choice awards.
Mark’s extended family lives in Seattle, but for the past twenty-four years, he has lived at Springwater Farm in the hills of western Pennsylvania with his wife, Beth. He hikes, bikes, and tries to live lightly on Earth. Mark communicates from the middle of nowhere viamarkweaklandliteracy.com, Twitter (@MarkWeakland), and Facebook.
Many teachers are frustrated with how spelling is traditionally taught and finding the time to support young spellers with explicit strategy instruction. Author Mark Weakland developed Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction, an approach to teaching spelling in a way that is research-based and tied to authentic reading and writing.
Super Spellers helps teachers understand what their students need through frequent formative assessments. The book focuses on the scope of spelling instruction and teaching spelling strategies to increase students’ word-solving skills. Once kids are comfortable and competent spellers they become super readers and writers, too.
In addition to step-by-step guidance, each chapter features an “If you only have 10 minutes” lesson plan segment. The appendix contains word inventories, a sample scope and sequence, examples of spelling list transformation, and word ladder activities.
Super Spellers Starter Sets
With Super Spellers Starter Sets, you have everything you need to bring to life the wisdom of Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction. Building on his research-based approach, Mark Weakland provides lesson plans and tools to create spelling centers and teach spelling strategies.
This teacher resource provides a wealth of material, all adaptable to match the needs of your students:
Seven spelling strategy lessons every student needs to know
More than 20 lessons for different grade levels
Pointers, differentiated word lists, sorting masters and correlating word ladders
Six must-have spelling centers for nurturing independent practice
A resource-rich appendix
With these resources, your students will notice and remember spelling patterns and words while making connections between spelling and their reading and writing lives.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion