How did a small middle school in Virginia earn a third place national finish in the 2014-2015 Vocab Bowl? One teacher's creative contest-making gave kids min-goals to aim for all year long. Continue reading...
Teachers, we've got great news. Now, when you sign up as an educator on Vocabulary.com, you can can create classes for every period you teach, monitor the performance of each class, gain insight into where you need to focus your instruction, and use class leaderboards to light a competitive fire among your students. Continue reading...
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What's the best present to get a group of middle schoolers who have just learned a ton of new words? How about $500 worth of books that, thanks to their improved vocabularies, they'll be more easily able to enjoy and understand? Continue reading...
Are you headed to Houston for the 70th annual conference of ASCD (Mar. 21-23)? So are we! Come visit us at the Exhibit Show at Booth #455, where we'll be having fun with the Vocabulary.com Challenge and giving away prizes. And on the morning of Monday the 23rd, our director of curriculum development, Georgia Scurletis, will be making a presentation on "Vocabulary Instruction in the Age of Blended Learning" (Level 3, Room 372B, 8–9 am). Continue reading...
We have all seen this tired loop of "instruction": distribute word list, have students look up words, ask students to use the words in original sentences. While encouraging usage is never a bad idea, it's not realistic to expect students to pivot from definition to usage without guidance. We suggest ditching (or at least delaying) the idea of originality and instead asking students to model their sentences on usage examples written by those people who are especially skilled with using words: professional writers. Continue reading...
A literacy coach set out to storm the Vocabulary.com school leaderboards by herself and ended reaching her goal with an army of middle schoolers at her side, setting off a blaze of word learning excitement at her school. Continue reading...
In heated competition, Corkscrew Middle in Naples, FL topped the Vocabulary.com school leaderboard for the month of November and were awarded the Vocabulary.com Champions' Banner to display in their school. What's their secret? Making competition fun. Continue reading...
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