Beth Charlton believes teachers should focus on students' strengths to correct their weaknesses. As a literacy expert and lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, she travels throughout Nova Scotia assessing literacy levels in primary schools. Students can be taught to spell, she says, but they must also be recognized for having interesting ideas and using words well. The starting point for her and other like-minded educators is finding out what works for a student and taking it from there. See more at Reading, writing and reality (www).