Points of Pride

October 27, 2017

Instructional Focus:

I can't thank you all enough for the hard work and long hours that each of you put in this week. While I always loved sitting down and meeting with parents, the conference schedule was grueling!

Who wants a class of students that are better at reading, writing and math? In order for our students to learn, they have to be able to access the learning through the academic vocabulary. If a student does not understand the word/term or what's being asked of them, they are not going to be able to produce what we are asking. Educational researcher, Robert Marzano says that "the more expansive our vocabularies, the more background knowledge we possess, and the more background knowledge we possess, the more we are able to learn," (2004). Educational researcher, John Hattie, states that building academic vocabulary is the 17th best influence on learning (ahead of things like homework, study skills, peer tutoring, and even class size).

Harvey Silver and Robert Marzano say that in order for students to understand and remember a word they have to "Crack the C.O.D.E." To complete the acronym, students need to do the following:

  • Connect with the word: students need to build a connection so they are able to recall
  • Organize: students need to understand how this word relates to others
  • Deep-Process: increased rigor will allow for a deeper, better understanding
  • Exercise: meaningful review and practice activities ensure it goes into long term memory

If we want students to remember a word, we need to do ALL four. If you Google "Vocabulary CODE" you will get hundreds of activities to help build your students' vocabulary.

For example:

Try an activity that is new to you this week. Take a picture of a student sample and send it to me via text or email. Next Friday I will randomly select a teacher for a pair of two movie passes. That's right, date night on me (baby sitting services not included).