Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ABC Wednesday - Q

Quantify the acQuisition? 

One of my favorite memories involves my best high school friend and my being in our local high school Senior English class... learning wonderful vocabulary words!  There once were a couple of words for which neither of us felt affinity.  So she learned one (garrulous) and I learned the other (loquacious), and we would remind each other daily until we "got them!"  Neither of us could be accused of actually BEING one or the other....  lol.

As I write this post, I wonder if we learned these specific words for a reason?  Perhaps our class in general exhibited these attributes?

I just discovered a Word of the Week program online, that will mail words to my "mailbox!"  I look forward to this.  This is a link to their definition of loquacious!

My guess is that my love of words and root words, spawned my interest in supporting a "word-of-the-week" program in my second-grade classroom!  
I did not develop the program, as it was originally called "Word of the Day," but adapted it to fit my students.  I placed the next week's "word" in each child's "mailbox" on Fridays.  They took the word home with the expectation that they (and their parents) would look up and write down the meaning to present at some time during the next week.  They were further required to create a model, drawing, etc. to accompany the meaning of the word.  Once they were ready, they presented the "word" to the class.  My theory was that, by the end of the week, each student would have heard and seen (repetition) enough that they might remember at least some of the words.  And perhaps use them!  :-)

Raise your hands if you have Questions . . . 

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Anonymous said...

That's a great idea to introduce new words and reinforce them in your class. That's some quality teaching. :)

Roger Owen Green said...

I admire your QUEST for knowledge!


Trubes said...

Most interesting concept of teaching. I too had a teacher who would give out new words to learn and remember, then write a paragraph using the particular words.

best wishes,
Abcw team

Rose said...

That was a great vocabulary project for your second graders! I used to do a weekly vocab list for my seniors--it always amazed me at how limited their vocabulary was. But then I'm a word geek, too:)

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you, Happy Wonderer, for your compliment and for visiting and leaving a comment. :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you Roger. It could be a Quirk! ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Trubes, I think it's not only the repetition but our persona involvement and "investment" that helps us learn and remember. My theory, I guess. :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Rose, What do "they" say, that the average newspaper article is written at the average third or fourth grade reading level?? Vocabulary enrichment, even for ourselves alone, is an excellent goal. :-) (I could work harder.)