Deos splng rlleay mttear?

I used to give this to the kids when I did school visits, much to the dismay of their teachers. But it fascinates me, how the brain works. So, in honor of all National Spelling Bee finalists, enjoy.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rseaerch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?

How’s your spelling? Have you ever been in a spelling bee? And why is it called a “bee” anyhoo?

0 thoughts on “Deos splng rlleay mttear?”

  1. Do you know if anyone has taken this research to another level to posit what it means about reading instruction and basals? If the brain decodes the misspellings based on a kind of whole-brain comprehension does this research reinforce whole language instruction?

  2. Connie … I don’t know of any other research, but that could be a significant discovery in the lives of teachers and students. I smell a thesis topic ….

  3. Ah, but they have shown that the consonants need to be in the proper order–which most are in your example. The words I struggled over were the ones where those were messed up or where there were extra consonants. So I guess you need to spell well enough to do that at least.

  4. Debbie … that’s the same problem with dictionaries. You need to be able to spell the word before you can look it up to see how to spell it!

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