Here is a list of other bloggers / blog posts to check out. This list will be added to continuously as I stumble across them.
Jen Willis is a force to be reckoned with for vocabulary teaching. She is full of great ideas and hugely invested in developing the vocabulary of her students. This blog post in particular is tremendous.
Not necessarily a blog per se, just a space to collect and store all of his incredible resources.
“Introduction of new vocabulary, recapping older vocabulary, explaining vocabulary, writing and using new vocabulary, displaying new vocabulary, discussing vocabulary and totally immersing the children in an environment where they couldn’t escape vocabulary!”
“Riddles work in a similar way to puns but also encourage problem solving and lateral thinking as demonstrated by this popular riddle: What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? As adults it’s fairly easy to solve by applying our understanding of the words ‘face’ and ‘hands’ into our knowledge of the components of an analogue clock, rather than as human body parts. We make a semantic link. But for many children this is a challenging leap …”
“Did you hear about the farmer who sprayed his chickens with perfume? He couldn’t stand the fowl smell.”
First in a three-part series from the awesome Kelly Ashley.
“These questions formed the starting point for the bespoke training session that I created – Word Power – delivered over two half days with a gap task to trial approaches in between. In this sequence of blog posts, I will attempt to share some big ideas from these training sessions.”
Second part. “Once you have taken the leap by deciding that vocabulary development will be a prime area of focus and you’ve started to think carefully about how to provide opportunities for children to engage with and question systems of language, you will need to consider how to actually go about choosing words that will make the biggest impact on improving vocabulary. So, where to start?”
Third and final part. “In using word-attack strategies effectively, pupils will be more efficient at decoding, pronouncing and understanding unfamiliar words when encountered – but what does it actually look like, in practice? How can we encourage pupils to look for ‘chunks’ within words to facilitate meaning and understanding?”
Ace newsletter focusing on vocabulary. Follow the link above to download for FREE.
Aimed at MFL teachers, but lots of things in here that are transferable to teaching English vocabulary.
Again, MFL targeted, but lots we can take from it for our own vocabulary teaching practice.
“As teachers, it’s vital that we provide all children with the lexical dexterity to make sense of the world and to communicate their understanding.”
Check out the free-to-download PowerPoint on pre-teaching vocabulary.