Vocabulary Demands- Module 4 Julia mccafferty


First, we will start with assessment.


Formal: Formal assessment is going to be a standardized test and many time used a grade and to determine a level of mastery.

Informal: Informal assessment is more natural and can occur in three different ways: content, interest, and attitude.

Three-Part Model Measuring Test Complexity

How should we be using readability assessments and tools?

These tools are meant to serve as a guideline for instruction. It is important for the teacher to take the student as a whole into consideration. Some assessments are not made by those in the education field, therefore. it is important to have background knowledge about the different aspects of different tests. Formulated tools are not always the best to use because there can be gaps- qualitative approaches are another option.

How can I use this in my classroom?

When I was reading the different articles, I looked for different aspects that I can use in my classroom. Below I am going to list some of my favorite parts from the articles that I plan on using.

Authentic texts

It is important to have more non-fiction books for students to choose from! They will gain more vocabulary exposure. Having authentic text is going to make their reading have meaning and apply to real life.

I need to be flexible when making reading groups. Students need to have a possible range of books and not be limited to a specific letter.

Author studies are a great way to reach multiple reading levels. We can discuss the author as a class and study him or her, and students can read the author's publications closest to their level.

When teaching vocabulary there are two different types: Domain-Specific and General academic vocabulary. I did not use a word wall in my classroom last year, but these articles made me rethink that idea. I really like the idea of using it across different subjects.

My favorite article was "How Can Teachers Increase Classroom Use of Academic Vocabulary?" because it gave me so many ideas that I will take with me!

Students need to make sense of words. They need to manipulate them and play with them. I want my students to have strategies in the back pocket to use when reading. One of my favorite ideas is students having their own vocabulary books at their desks. When we learn a new word, it can be added to their "dictionary". That way, students can always go back to the word later and use it. I also would have a section in the book for them to write down words they don't know to look up or ask me about later. This way they will always have this resource to use across subjects.

I also really liked the concept circles. This is something that I may give as a preassessment to see where students are at. I can also see myself using this is small groups because it allows for a lot of differentiation. The PowerPoint offered a lot of activities that I would love to implement in my instruction. I think some would make great centers and small group activities.

I would also love to have a word of the day on the board. It can be a part of morning work. I would have a new word on the board and used in a sentence below. Students would make predictions what the word means based on context, then we would use the word throughout the day.

Overall, I really liked this module because I have new ideas that I can take back with my to my classroom next year!

The End! :)


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