“It’s all about the relationship.” ~ unknown, from many
After attending a conference on Building Engaged Schools, (http://www.marzanoresearch.com/Professional_Development/events.aspx?event=56), 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: http://esu4vocabularystrategies.wikispaces.com/