As a middle school teacher, I didn’t usually have to explicitly teach spelling. However, I did have to explicitly teach spelling in my first year of teaching, when I taught 6th grade English language arts. I was a little thrown off by this, because I didn’t think that spelling was taught beyond elementary school, but it was required of me, so I did it, obviously. 🙂 But then, that begged the question of how to make spelling fun for kids? I think we all know that kids, no matter what age, are not jumping for joy to be assigned spelling homework.