Rebecca Loveless | Classes
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Studying online with fellow teachers and tutors is a wonderful way to build your understanding of English orthography. It is extremely valuable to undertake this work with a community of people who are dedicated to learning (and sometimes unlearning and relearning!). I offer a place to study, take risks, work through misunderstandings, and share the joyful successes you experience with your students.


Class offerings:


NEW: SWI for Early Readers


SWI is a powerful tool to use with our youngest learners, even those who can’t yet read. Once my colleagues and I were introduced to SWI and began to understand the truth about English spelling, we knew we couldn’t go back to a pure phonics model. Over the past seven years, we have tested and iterated, discussed and reflected, and we have seen the power of language come alive with our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students.
In this five-session class, I will take you through the basics of how to get started with early and emergent readers and writers, whether in a classroom, a small group, or one-on-one.

In this workshop we will discuss:

  • Getting started with word families and morphology
  • The role of phonology and phonemic awareness
  • Function words and first conventions
  • What reading instruction looks like
  • What writing instruction looks like
This class is perfect for teachers, tutors, or parents with any level of SWI experience.

Teaching Real Script

Based on a cursive script from the Renaissance, Real Script teaches the pathways of the Chancery hand. Using an ergonomically appropriate flowing motion, students learn to write with ease and legibility. Their script develops into its own comfortable form while maintaining proper pen hold and writing position.

For students who find the physical act of writing more challenging, script is often a way to alleviate their discomfort. Rather than working to emulate one ideal, adopting Real Script writing allows students to develop their own unique writing style from the start. Real Script is beautiful and honors the individuality of each writer.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • The history and philosophy of Chancery script – how it differs from “cursive”
  • The mechanics of healthy writing – posture, pen hold, etc.
  • The letter pathways and their terminology – how to write the alphabet
  • Teaching strategies for introducing Real Script

Intro to SWI

Structured Word Inquiry, or scientific word investigation, provides a lens through which we can understand the spelling of any English word. By understanding the interplay of morphology, etymology, and phonology, hidden connections between words rise to the surface to amaze and delight us.


This course is perfect for teachers and tutors who have heard about SWI and want to know more. Learn how to bring spelling alive for all of your students, including those who struggle, and watch your own understanding of language transform, too.

Contact me to do this course as a full day workshop at your school.

SWI Study Groups (Continually running programs)


You have been using Structured Word Inquiry in your teaching, and now you want to dive deeper with more complex words and concepts. In this collaborative study group, we will work together on:

  • using the four questions to guide an investigation;
  • understanding Greek, Latin, and Old English etymology and how it influences present day spelling;
  • incorporating phonology into any lesson;
  • structuring lessons to make the most impact for your students;
  • discovering fascinating word stories and surprising connections; and
  • any other topics that participants bring.

This is an ongoing study group that meets twice a month. I will have orthographic concepts prepared to share with you, but much of our course work will be based on the words that come up in your investigations with students. Meeting with a coach and fellow scholars is one of the best ways to upgrade your own knowledge of orthography and to gain confidence in your practice.


Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule:

Study Group #1: Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30pm PACIFIC TIME. Generally the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.

January 10th and 24th

February 14th and 28th

March 14th and 28th

April 4th and 25th

Sessions will be recorded and a link provided to you for downloading.

All of these classes are live. They will also be recorded and shared with you afterwards.


If you are interested in a class at a time other than those already scheduled, you are welcome to email me to propose another time slot. A class can run with at least four people.

To Get Started Working with Me