Do you teach vocabulary? How do you teach it? Did you know that "there is no one best method for vocabulary instruction." (National Reading Panel, 2000). And, did you also know that it takes "both direct AND indirect methods of vocabulary instruction" to reach and teach all kinds of vocabulary. Teachers often think there is a magic bullet or one size fits all program for vocabulary instruction, but that simply just isn't the case. AND, many of the indirect methods are free, they don't cost you any money, just a thinking cap.
09 March 2016
11 February 2016
Have your heard about the new (actually 1 year old, but in the world of social media, 1 year is still pretty new) and totally hot app called Periscope? Do you know what it is? Do you know what it can do? Well, personally, it is totally revolutionizing how teachers are sharing best practices. I actually feel like to Periscoping is the new blogging. Don't get me wrong, I will not stop blogging, but if you like reading my blog, then you will love listening to my Periscopes, and the "scopes" of other teacher bloggers.
06 November 2015
We went, we learned, we laughed, we wrote, we danced, we sang, we ate, we jumped, we slid, we conversed, we, tweeted, we instagrammed, we rallied, we smiled, we loved, we lived, we shopped, we dined, we valeted, we slept, we played, we caffeinated, we periscoped, we hugged, we cried and then we came home and blogged about it!
08 September 2015
First of all, welcome back to another brand new school year! You are feeling rejuvenated and refreshed and ready to make a difference in the lives of the 24 or so young people in your classroom? Summer was great. You read some books and blog posts or maybe even attended a conference. Hopefully by today, everyone is back in school starting a brand new school year, so I hope you make it your greatest year yet with high levels of thinking and speaking and that your students exceed maximum growth in all areas. With that said, let me go back to summer, and something that happened on my summer journeys that inspired this post.
25 June 2015
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