Early this fall, we implemented a common instructional strategy (K-5) for the teaching of vocabulary. When teachers provide direct instruction in the deep understanding of words (vocabulary), students are better prepared to understand the information they hear and read in their studies. Much of this work was based on the research of Bob Marzano, international curriculum leader in the area of best practice instruction, K-12.
Under the guidance of our speech & language pathologist, Kristina Speidel, we also assessed all students in their understanding of this strategy so that we could make improvements to our instruction. The data that we collected helped us to identify missing pieces of our instruction, and also helped to move in the direction of small group instruction as a next step. Beginning this week, small groups of students in each grade will work with teachers to learn additional strategies vocabulary to improve learning in all content areas. In May, we will re-assess students and create a plan for improving instruction for the 2009-10 school year.
To see a video of the lesson modeled, visit: VOCABULARY