It’s All About The Relationship . . . & Vocabulary


“It’s all about the relationship.” ~ unknown, from many

After attending a conference on Building Engaged Schools, (, I came away with a renewed appreciation of how critical the teacher is in engaging students.  ENTHUSIASM, PASSION, ZEAL, EAGERNESS, GUSTO (pick your noun) without it, there is little student interest, engagement, passion, investment, (again, pick your noun) LEARNING.  Not rocket science, but a great reminder.

“The limits of your language are the limits of your world.  All I know is what I have words for.”  ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

Vocabulary was a strong thread throughout this conference – particularly the need for a comprehensive, systemic method of vocabulary instruction and development across all grade levels and curriculum areas.  Students need a common vocabulary to successfully learn what we are teaching them.  Check out this website to learn more about vocabulary instruction:


One Response to “It’s All About The Relationship . . . & Vocabulary”

  1. Jill Spencer Says:


    You are so right about the importance of vocabulary. Children from homes lacking reading materials and substantive conversations enter school with far fewer words than their peers who come from homes providing rich literacy experiences. Research dating back to the 1940’s shows that there is a 6000 word gap between kids testing in the 25% percentile and those testing in the 50% range on standardized tests. One teacher cannot eradicate that gap–it has to be a school-wide effort!

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