Reaction – A Professional Development Initiative for Developing Approaches to Vocabulary Instruction With Secondary Mathematics, Art, Science, and English Teachers

I really enjoyed reading this article and visiting the participating teacher’s web sites.  Having a clear understanding of vocabulary is essential for success.  It means we are better able to understand written and oral language in all forms.  This applies to everything from reading fiction and poetry for leisure to being successful in a content area classroom setting.  In the past, the burden has primarily fallen on Language Arts instructors to teach vocabulary to students and content area teachers only briefly attended to it and then typically only to the extent that students could remember the necessary vocabulary from one assessment to the next.  The methods for teaching vocabulary for all teachers in the past has involved mundane activities and methods.  This article stresses the importance of vocabulary success for students and points out that content area teachers should be focusing more on this area because it benefits the students directly in their classroom and has crossover benefits as well.  The article did an excellent job of pointing out some creative ways to engage the students more in the process and to thus ensure greater success.  Seeing various methods applied in different classrooms and with proven success was motivating to me as a future educator.  I hope that future initiatives will be implemented in other classrooms and that perhaps eventually vocabulary instruction will be closely linked to required standards in all content areas.  We know it is important for students on multiple levels, we know that it can be done in effective and engaging ways, so know we need to pursue it.  Great article!

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One Response to Reaction – A Professional Development Initiative for Developing Approaches to Vocabulary Instruction With Secondary Mathematics, Art, Science, and English Teachers

  1. stameyel says:

    I also believe that a clear understanding of vocabulary is essential for the successful comprehension of text. I really enjoyed the lessons and strategies which were learned and developed by these teachers. They were creative and I felt that each of them could be modified in some way to address vocabulary in various content areas. Overall I believe vocabulary is important and shouldn’t be boring and tedious so if we can take these strategies and apply them in future classrooms then I think our students will make great gains in their comprehension of text and thank us for inventive ways of learning vocabulary.

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