Posts made in June, 2013

Flash Freebies Sunday Returns!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Throughout the day today you will find freebies on my Facebook page! I have many items that I would appreciate some feedback on. Download as many as you want, but please provide some feedback.

Have fun, I hope you find some you can use.

Thanks,

Ann

https://www.facebook.com/Devotedtovocabularydevelopment

Flash Freebie Sundays

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My Summer Sale

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.

Hal Borland

My Summer SaleAh, the first weekend of summer, so many fun things to do, swim, picnic, visit friends and family. I don’t think reading blogs and finding new ideas for school are on may peoples lists of things to do today. But, if just maybe, you are in the mood to stay in out of the heat and shop, here’s a deal for you!

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Discover, Decode, Dissect, Develop, Discuss, DEFINE

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in comprehension, conversation as learning tool, Freebies, vocabulary, vocabulary development | 0 comments

Discover, Decode, Dissect, Develop, Discuss, DEFINE

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

Well, now it is time for definitions. We’ve found the word, decoded the word, looked at the parts to learn more about the word, done activities to get to know the word, and talked about and used the word. The word should be our word now. It is time to tell what it means. When students define words they shouldn’t spout words found in a dictionary. They should be able to explain, make connections, use analogies, and draw the word.

It is OK, I think, if some of our quizzes involve matching new terms and their meanings, but it is only OK if the meaning that the students have actively built in their heads will be able to be  matched to the words on the quiz. Students should never be asked to memorize new words and definitions with little or no regard to meaning. The words will never be retained and never be used. Time and paper will both be wasted.

It is better for the new words to be used and tested in real context. It is much better for the words to become an established part of the student’s vocabulary. It is best for students to assimilate words as their own for life.

This activity could be a weekly addition to a vocabulary journal. Students should be given the opportunity to share their new words with classmates, family, and any other interested learner!

My New WordMy New Word

More vocabulary development to come.

Ann

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Discover, Decode, Dissect, Develop, DISCUSS, Define

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in conversation as learning tool, Freebies, vocabulary, vocabulary development | 2 comments

Discover, Decode, Dissect, Develop, DISCUSS, Define

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

Yogi Berra

Do you ever feel like Yogi Berra in your classroom? There is so much talking, how can there be any learning? I wonder at times, being a strong intrapersonal learner, what prompted me to be a teacher. I love quiet. I love calm. Fortunately, I can put that aside for my commutes and computer time. I understand that students need to talk to cement their learning. My kids speak to their shoulder partner no less than 10 times a day. And I listen in and am amazed almost daily by their insights and their learning. In our daily poetry moment, the kids first predict the type of poem based on the title and a quick glance. They use complete sentences (learned by having stems on the whiteboard for as long as it takes to learn) to explain their thinking to their neighbor. Everyone gets a chance to talk. To train them, I sometimes have the partner closer to me go first or the partner closer to the door, etc. Next, we look at the poem and describe what we see and what new ideas we have with our partners. Then, we read the poem and add to what we know. Finally, students answer questions about the poem… setting, theme, author’s purpose, new title, what a certain line means, etc. Often I sum up what I am hearing by bragging about the great thinking that is being expressed.

Here’s a great source for daily poetry, http://www.gigglepoetry.com/

Another great source for vocabulary discussion in my class is Alphaboxes. I am including a generic form for this. I have made subject specific ones, but truly a piece of paper or student sized whiteboard works just fine! This activity can be done before a new unit of study, say frogs, everyone independently tries to fill the alphabet boxes with one or more word about what they already know about frogs. After 5 – 10 minutes of quiet time (I have to have some sometime), the students pair with their shoulder partner, sharing ideas and adding to their boxes. Again after 5- 10 minutes the pairs are asked to form squares by 2 pairs “squaring” up and the last conversation ensues. When the kids are all done talking, we quickly run through the alphabet shouting out words. This part is fun! It is also a good time to throw in any words that go with the unit that no one thought of.

This activity also works well at the end of a init of study. As you listen in you will see which of the vocabulary words of importance the kids are remembering.

AlphaboxesAlphaboxes

 

This may be my very favorite “D” word, so I would love some discussion about how you use conversation in the classroom or if you would be interested in trying mine.

Ann

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Discover, Decode, Dissect, DEVELOP, Discuss, Define

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Freebies, Uncategorized, vocabulary, vocabulary development | 0 comments

Discover, Decode, Dissect, DEVELOP, Discuss, Define

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie

Knowledge Rating Chart created by Ann Fausnight

Knowledge Rating Chart created by Ann Fausnight

Today I want to look at how to develop new words in the classroom. When teaching content subjects , it is beneficial to students to have some introduction to new words before learning more about the topic.  Of course, the new vocabulary we want to develop may not be new to everyone. It is important to have an idea of how familiar your students are with any set of words. This is why I developed my “Know or No” strategy. This strategy allows students to rate their understanding of a word. Do they “know” it already? Or is their answer, “No”, I do not?

Another way to develop vocabulary is to use the List-Group-Label strategy. With this strategy student groups make lists of all the words they can think of related to a topic. The next step is to find words in the list that go together in some way. Lastly, they label the groups by how they are related. This both a good introductory and concluding vocabulary activity.

List - Group - LabelMy List-Group-Label product is free on TpT.

I also have a book of vocabulary development strategies available on TpT.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Development-Strategies-268011

This is such an important topic. I will be sharing more ideas over the coming months!

Ann

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