Vocabulary in the classroom
Make vocabulary meaningful to your students!
- Tier 1 words are common, known words like big, small, house, or family
- Tier 2 words are high frequency words that can be found in all content areas like explain, summarize, compare, and contrast.
- Tier 3 words are low frequency words that are specific to a particular subject or field, such as tectonic plate, isotope, or metacognition.
As a teacher, I will need to explicitly teach vocabulary words that are specific to the content I am teaching, and words that are important for a student's vocabulary repertoire. This can be tricky for English Language Learners, so I will need to provide those students with meanings of words within the text, elaboration, and purposeful talk using those words. I will encourage my students to use these new vocabulary words in their everyday way of communicating.
Motivating your students
- Supply students with a variety of text
- Allow students to choose which books they want to read
- Turn their classroom into a coffee shop and hold a poetry night
- Implement a reader's theater production
These are just a few of the endless strategies that teachers can use to motivate their students. Whenever I teach poetry as a teacher, I will definitely turn my classroom into a coffee house and host a poetry reading where we invite parents, teachers, administrators, and anyone else students want to have come out and hear their work!