Does Vocabulary Matter?

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


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,...


Mnemonics, Test-Taking Strategy

Last week, my fourth grade student, Gabe, needed help memorizing facts for his Iditarod Trail...


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...


Focus on Word Endings!

I recently worked with a Junior in high school who had failed two recent vocabulary quizzes using...


Aha! Moment at ASHA15

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


Robust Vocabulary Instruction

In the last ten years there has been a lot of research into Vocabulary and here is what I've...