YOU WILL GET A WORD YOU DO NOT KNOW

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Spelling bees involve more than just studying words. It's easy to think of spelling like this: A student gets a list of words on Monday, studies it over the course of the week, then has a written test on Friday. Lather, rinse, repeat until the school year is over. That was the scene during the bucolic days of the little red schoolhouse on the prairie. But nearly two centuries later, life isn't so simple...and neither is spelling. You…

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STAY CALM AND STAY FOCUSED!

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Spelling bees are notorious for their stress, rattling the nerves of spellers and audience members alike. Interspersed in the grueling pressure of bees are the occasional hilarious and spontaneous events that break the tension. One of the funniest and most memorable moments in bee history occurred in 2008, when eventual Scripps champion Sameer Mishra received the word numnah in round 8. Watch the video to see what happened. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjzrNWPul9E Pretty amusing, right? I know everyone in the auditorium appreciated…

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THE #1 RESPONSIBILITY OF A SPELLER

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! As bee season ramps up, and spellers begin to be tested on their linguistic prowess, it is good to dwell on the most important responsibility of a speller. Many spellers would half-jokingly say that the most important responsibility of a speller would be to spell the word right. That's certainly a great responsibility...after all, this is what spelling bees are all about, right? Learn about words, ideally be able to use them in conversation or writing, and most…

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SPELLING RULES – A DISCLAIMER

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Spelling in the English language is one of the most difficult academic skills to master. Part of the issue is that words in English come from all over the world. Literally. Name a language, and chances are it has contributed directly or indirectly to English. To make spelling easier, many people rely on rules. However, virtually every rule in the English language has an exception! For example, how about that one spelling rule virtually everyone knows? "I before…

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2019 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! The evening of May 30th, 2019, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was fraught with excitement and nerves…just like any other Thursday evening during Scripps Bee Week. This is the night of the ESPN Primetime Finals. Paul Loeffler, color commentator for the bee on ESPN, remarked presciently as the evening finals got underway that he was unable to choose a favorite speller to win because the field was so deep. The daytime finals had lasted five…

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