So many words…so little time…and what to do about it!

We think with words, therefore to improve thinking, teach vocabulary. — A. Draper and G. Moeller (see Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/vocabulary-instruction-teaching-tips-rebecca-alber ) At first, it seems like teaching vocabulary would be so simple – straightforward, easy as pie, a cinch – right? But, how do you keep it fresh and effective, without breaking out the dictionary or sending home […]

If I had only known that word! or…How to Become a “Worder”

No Fun! Why do we teach vocabulary as an add on, an annoying necessity, an interruption to reading? I certainly learned to approach looking-up-words as a pesky nuisance. Can we make the process of learning words from reading have its own identity and fun factor? Here’s my story of how I accidentally did just that. […]