I really like reading The Answer Sheet. The author, Valerie Strauss, posts every day on current topics in US education. She also has guest authors contribute frequently. The goal of the blog is to “-help parents get themselves and their children through their formal education–while staying sane.”
While I worry about why our education system is now one that parents have to work to stay sane in, I do like the broad range of topics she covers.
Today she put up this post on Academic Vocabulary and how the state of Tennessee is tackling vocabulary instruction. There are several interesting links on her post, but you can click here to go right to the list of words by grade level.
These words seem to be ones that we probably think the students know, but in actual fact, they don’t.
I’m thinking of a conversation I had with a Grade 1 teacher today about a student saying they did not know what the word ‘cottage’ meant at the end of a fairy tale unit. “How many times had they heard the word cottage during our unit and not know what it meant?” Her guess: many!
Tennessee provides an overview of what is considered best practice for teaching words like these here.
Readers, I know you are out there! I’d love to hear from you.
- What do you think of a list like this?
- How do you teach these words in your classroom?