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Maggie Horne
Reply to Vocabulary Instruction
Thu Jun 11, 2015 23:24
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Tavia, you bring up an excellent point. While others have brought up the difficulties in determining whether or not students are struggling with comprehension during silent reading, I would like to make a connection to my Block 1 Practicum experience. My cooperating teacher often read material to our sixth grade students that were well above their grade level. As she was reading aloud to them she would stop at difficult words and ask the class what they thought the word meant. She would go back in the text and read the context around the word to try to find clues. If students were not able to guess, she would tell them the definition and have a short conversation. Doing this allowed the students to expand their vocabulary in a way that interested them. Our students specifically loved scary or intense poems. She would also have them make predications out loud using context clues of what they had already heard. I found that this made them interact with the text more closely and they would work hard to determine the definition of a word that they did not know. This was beneficial in a large group and small group setting.

  • vocabulary instruction - catheyt, Thu Jun 11 16:21
    One of the ideas that stuck out for me was the difficulties ASD students have understanding new vocabulary and accessing and using their background knowledge. Koppenhaver stated that "these students... more
    • Vocabulary Instruction - Lauren Livingston, Sat Jun 13 10:05
      This is so true that students with ASD have trouble understand new vocabulary by accessing background knowledge. Students with ASD need a pre-lesson to understand vocabulary and new concepts that... more
    • Vocabulary Struggle - whitemb2, Fri Jun 12 23:19
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    • Visual Thinker - Jean Milton, Fri Jun 12 21:10
      You mentioning using background knowledge when coming across new vocabulary and this made me think of Temple Grandin. She states that whenever she hears a word an image comes in her head, but never... more
    • Re: vocabulary instruction - hinesjd, Fri Jun 12 18:02
      Very nice! I can relate to your post. I have never been the best reader and throughout middle school and the first part of high school, I fell behind in my reading due to my lack of vocabulary. It... more
      • Re: vocabulary instruction - catheyt, Fri Jun 12 20:11
        Unfortunately I think vocabulary instruction receives less emphasis and importance than other areas of instruction. I think this is a mistake because it really plays such huge part in not only the... more
    • Reply to Vocabulary Instruction - Maggie Horne, Thu Jun 11 23:24
      • great instruction! - catheyt, Fri Jun 12 20:22
        That sounds like really great instruction! Did you find that the students had greater attention to words in general? I found that the more attention I gave to interesting and difficult words in text, ... more
    • re:vocabulary instruction - hillaryyarbrough, Thu Jun 11 17:17
      This brings up a very good point. If students do not understand words that they are reading then as you said they could miss a large portion of what the book is about. My question would be, how do we ... more
      • monitor comprehension in silent reading - catheyt, Thu Jun 11 20:31
        Its definitely difficult to monitor comprehension when students are reading silently. I thtkn the only way to do it is by asking them questions periodically or having them jot down notes... more
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