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Teaching vocabulary – a whole school approach

In my last post, I queried whether schools should focus their vocabulary programmes on teaching tier two words, or if they would be better served directing their limited resources on improving the teaching of tier one words, particularly in the first instance. 1,481 more words

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Teaching knowledge through vocabulary: or why tier two words may not be enough!

There are many great posts on how to teach vocabulary, including this one by Katie Ashford and this one by David Didau. Doug Lemov’s… 1,565 more words

Teaching And Learning

Exploring The Orenda -- Part 2

Exploring The Orenda — continued…

How can I activate and provide background knowledge for myself? What questions do I have before reading?

  1. What is the book about?
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Exploring The Orenda -- Part 1

Exploring The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Picking up the book:

Confession: I am not drawn to books I “should” read — although, to contradict myself,  the book… 406 more words


Creating Context to Aid Memorization - the Grammar Stage

As a parent, I’m sure you’ve told your elementary student at one time or another that he really needed to memorize his multiplication facts.  For that, I (and all of my fellow educators) say a big THANK YOU!!   844 more words

Kumiko and background knowledge

This last weekend I say Kumiko The Treasure Hunter at my favorite movie theater. I enjoyed the movie but was also perplexed by it. I now believe that I could not fully appreciate the film because I had insufficient background knowledge, first because I had not seen the movie… 19 more words

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Building Background Knowledge with Oobleck? Part 3

From my last post about Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, I left off with a question:  if I am reading this book to my daughters (or any other book), I wondered about how much I point out certain ideas or concepts so as to deliberately build their background knowledge. 346 more words