Our two lovely hosts for this book study today are...
Raye from The Caffeinated Teacher and Misty from Think, Wonder, & Teach. Click on their button below to check out their posts.
I'm going to give you just a brief run down of my thoughts on this chapter but will leave the bulk of the information to the wonderful ladies above!
Thoughts and feelings!
- I was definitely intrigued by the idea of having kids practice getting excited and then immediately stopping to come back to the lesson. I never thought about that approach because my first couple of years my kids had no trouble with that area whereas last year's students could not come back quickly after getting excited or going off for an activity. Definitely be doing this next year!
- Loved the concept of a teacher-convenient classroom vs. student-convenient classroom. After reading the descriptions I really thought about my classroom and, thankfully, realized it was student-convenient!
- The choosing vocabulary words went right along with my other book study on building mathematical comprehension! Use words from the content you choose, words from your standards, and words that the students will see in other subject areas but need to know to be able to decode questions and what not later (Tier 2 words). LOVED the metaphor of "Goldilocks" vocabulary words - just right for the students in front of us. Don't we all know how that changes from year to year!
- I'm totally going to start calling it a Vocabulary Cycle as opposed to a unit! It's so true! With a unit, it ends and the student's never retain it, but a cycle continually repeats itself and the students will need to recall the words throughout the year and their life!
- Whenever I introduce vocabulary I always like to use a Prezi presentation with a kid friendly definition and a visual, but I really like their idea of the Vocabulary Planner to help me sort out all the information I need. I would also like to go to some sort of Vocabulary Notebook. Does anyone do this in their classroom? Thoughts? Ideas? Problems?
There you go folks, the writing in the margins so to speak! You should see my book, lol. It's all sorts of highlighted and written on with doodles and notes. I'm thinking of bringing into the classroom to show my kids how I text code as I read and they can too! Don't forget to check out Raye and Misty for their amazing insight to this wonderful book! Head on back later today for Day 3 of my 300 Follower "Fun in the Sun" Giveaway! If you haven't entered for Day 1 or 2 yet... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? There are so many wonderful goodies from some extraordinary bloggers :o)