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Round Up!

At the end of Week 2, Lead Educator Rebecca Cosgrave reflects on what we’ve learnt so far, and prepares for Week 3. So you got to the end of week …

We’d like to know a little more…

So far we know a little about why you have joined this course, but not much about who you are! The below link will take you to a short survey, …

What is effective reading to pupils?

Having looked at some of the criteria to consider when choosing books to read to pupils, we will now focus on what makes an effective reading. Zevenbergen and Whitehurst¹, Biemiller², …

Pass it on

This course might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean your exploration of how to teach vocabulary has to. There are many things that you can continue with. …

Using the Vocabulary

There are a number of activities that can be explored with pupils in order to ensure that the meaning of the words on the word wall is developed. Some examples …

Gathering words to use in writing

Students can only develop rich and powerful vocabularies if they engage in many varied activities that invite, motivate and prompt them to learn and use sophisticated and appropriate words. Graves …

Does the context of a word always help?

Sometimes the misconceptions pupils encounter in their reading relate not to particularly complex vocabulary but to usual words being used in unusual combinations or challenging contexts. ‘You shall know a …

Which activities are the most effective?

In this step we will model three activities that can be used to teach vocabulary: The Frayer Model¹, The Paint Chart and a task from Beck and Meckeown’s Menu of …

How can you choose words to teach?

The focus of this week and next is direct instruction of vocabulary. If we are going to teach vocabulary then we need to decide how to identify the words that …