Vocabulary Must "Fit" Into Their World

So often we think of vocabulary in the context of a definition, but we need to be moving beyond...


Does Vocabulary Matter?

Yes! Vocabulary DOES matter! Research has show that kids need to understand 98% of the words they...


Frequency Matters in Vocabulary Instruction

We've gotten into the habit of teaching a vocabulary with a "one and done" practice. Teach a set of...


Fostering Independent Vocabulary Skills

  We all have a lot of tools in our vocabulary tool boxes as teachers and speech language...


Top 5 Reasons Why Vocabulary Matters

There has been a big push the last 10-15 years to improve a student's vocabulary skills, but do...


Students Creating Definitions

How do you define a word so that others understand? Students are expected to know how to do this,...


Think-Alouds in Vocabulary Instruction

It's not a new term, but it was new to me - Think-Alouds. It's just like it sounds - "think aloud."...


Previewing Texts for Reading Comprehension

Students in my private practice walk through the door with newly assigned literature texts every...


Aha! Moment at ASHA15

The American Speech Language Hearing Association's (ASHA) annual conference in Denver was...