Back in October, I presented at CT COLT on the topic of vocabulary development. My session was voted best of Connecticut and so I get to represent CT at NECTFL in New York next month. I am very honored that my session was chosen as best of state and thought I would put online the resources explored for others to view and share.
Looking for a way to engage? Try adding a cootie catcher as a tool in your box. There are so many ways they could be used. I have used this with verb conjugations, speaking, and with reading comprehension in the interpretive modes! Below is a list of ideas and an example that I used with teachers within a professional learning session. How else could you use them?
1. Use as a warm-up
2. Formative assessment to check for understanding
3. Activating prior knowledge
4. Reviewing material
5. Interpersonal speaking prompts
6. Interpretive reading comprehension questions
7. Form in using with verb conjugations
8. Vocabulary and Circumlocution
Below is an example that I used with teachers around the book, Teaching That Changes Lives by Marilee Adams. I have also used in the classroom with students and they got so excited!
Below is a power point with the downloadable template. I found this from the following site!
Share with us your thoughts? How else do you use? how did it go in class? Love to hear from you!
A few years ago, I was looking for a more engaging way to present vocabulary words to students. I used to create extensive power points with an image on each page and the word, have students look at the image, repeat after me, and then I would share the definition and they would write on their graphic organizer. One day I found myself looking at my students and I wasn't seeing what I wanted. I was looking for collaboration, discussion, and critical thinking. I thought for a while and came up with the image below. Once I started using this format, I felt happier with the results, students were making connections with the language and it actually took half the time I was spending before in class teaching vocabulary. Here's what I did:
1. Once we had gone over essential questions of the unit and objectives, I would incorporate needed vocabulary. I would pass out an example like the one below.
2. First, students would work independently. I would ask them to take about five minutes and read the words to themselves and place an X where they thought they fell within the first three categories.
3. Then, came the collaboration. After five minutes, I would have students work within their teams to collaborate. The groups would take turns reading the definition out loud and compare what they knew. Students were now learning from each other. This made students feel empowered that they already knew something in Spanish class before the teacher taught them.
4. The last part of this process was whole group. After students had the time to work independently, and then collaborate in groups, we went over as a class. We would repeat the definition together but then I would allow for student participation to share their answers. With this process I had more students engaged and willing to share their answers. By this time, students already had most of their Vocabulary list filled in and all they needed from me was to fill in the gaps!
For students that were absent or needed readers, I would share with them the following on my class website using Microsoft Audio Notes. This allowed me to record the vocabulary word so students could hear my voice and go back if they needed to hear. The image of the blue microphone is where students would hear the recording. Instructions on using Microsoft Audio notes are linked below.
MS Audio Notes
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