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Susan Gibson
Rachel
Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:10
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For that specific cycle of words, we had to take the Cogat test one week and our 1st quarter benchmarks so both of those took up much of our day so I didn't do much talking on those days and was just trying to get through other content in addition to squeezing in vocabulary instruction. I know I could have done a better job of using them in speech if the timing had of been different. But in earlier cycles, I used many of the words in regular and classroom discussions and the students used the ones I used in speech frequently in their writing. So to answer your question, yes the more the teacher uses them in the classroom the more likely students will catch on and start using them in their speaking and eventually writing.

  • Re Susan - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 12:51
    Wow! Haughtily and Feverishly! It would be cool if they used them in their writing, but like your research said (if I remember correctly) words used in writing typically follow speech patterns. Did... more
    • Rachel - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:10
      • re-Rachel - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:20
        I agree with Susan. The more I modeled the words in speech, the more comfortable the students became using the words. In my classroom, I saw a great deal of growth in the words they were using when... more
      • Makes sense - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:23
        That does make a lot of since of the frequency of use, but you are right, the balance of time with so many areas that need addressed is a big struggle. Like I have been saying for the last year (lol) ... more
        • Vocabulary Ideas - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:51
          Some of the text talk strategies could be used to develop tier 2 words with the books you are reading. You could just introduce a few words a week. But middle school vocabulary is primarily developed ... more
          • Prefix, etc - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 16:47
            The middle school vocabulary is developed through word parts. I have to teach them how to break down a word in the first nine weeks or so, but then they can start to see how a word is built. You're... more
            • words at any age - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:27
              One of the things I found interesting within some of our research was that it doesn't really matter at what point we teach kids certain words. For example, many parents were surprised that my 2nd... more
              • any age - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 16:52
                i agree Emily. My first graders love using "big words." We have been discussing metacognition in reading. We even have a song about it. It is amazing to hear them using this word correctly in... more
              • Kid Friendly - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:20
                I agree, Emily. It is nice to know that word selection doesn't seem to be the biggest issue as long as students can understand the context of the word. Time, time, time, seems to the biggest issue... more
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