Well after several weeks of running around from spelling group to spelling group...there were 15 of them!!, I have simplified the process.
From now on, we will have ONE weekly lesson. Together as a class, we will brainstorm a list of words that coordinate with the lesson. Each student still has their own lists of words chosen with my help. They have a practice packet for the week that they have time each morning to work on. Then on Friday, the packets are collected and a test is given. They will be giving each other a "buddy" test. I am always giving tests as well, especially for those students who do better when I give them there words.
This week we are focusing on -tion and -sion words. We will be looking at root words on Tuesday to decide when to use -tion and when to use -sion.