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Summer PD: The Value of Intentional Vocabulary Instruction in Middle School

Summer break is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing an eBook teachers can download and read this summer to improve their vocabulary instruction.

Summer break is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing an eBook teachers can download and read this summer to improve their vocabulary instruction.

As educators, we understand the power of words to inform, influence, and inspire. We recognize the beauty of a well-chosen word in a speech, marvel at the cleverness of a lyric in a song. Even our daily interactions are peppered with the vocabulary of our discipline and interests. When we open our mouths, we reveal our vocations. When we write a message, we reveal our avocations.

There is power in language. And there is power in the instruction of every new word. But sound vocabulary instruction requires attending to the selection, context, and grouping of words. In addition, teachers must model their thinking about the words, and students must be engaged in activities that get them using the words in the company of their peers. And finally, learners must have multiple experiences with new words so those words can become part of their personal vocabularies. Vocabulary instruction, therefore, must be intentional—that is, explicit—in order for it to be effective.

In the eBook below, Dr. Douglas Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey give tips on how to implement effective vocabulary strategies and instruction that are both intentional and explicit. This eBook outlines the following:

  • Using Gradual Release of Responsibility in Vocabulary Instruction

  • Teacher Modeling

  • Peer Interaction

  • Moving to Independent Word Learning

  • Selecting Words

  • Devoting Time to Word Learning Is Time Well Spent

As you participate in professional development activities this summer, don't forget to dedicate time to learning about tools and strategies that will enhance your classroom vocabulary instruction!

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As you participate in professional development activities this summer, don't forget to dedicate time to learning about tools and strategies that will enhance your classroom vocabulary instruction! Download The Value of Intentional Vocabulary Instruction in the Middle Grades eBook now.