|Professional Development News|
UPDATE: Ms. Joseph created: "Le Grande Balloon," a version of Ms. Lyttle's StemBall to learn French! New Photos Below!
To use a little common core jargon and poor grammar: "Tier two vocab is where it's at." The best thing you can do for your students is give them strong thinking skills and vocabulary. (Here is a short word list resource-- list of most used common core vocabulary. Use them in your lessons, have them on the board, offer students extra credit for working the words into their verbal responses, presentations, or written work in your class.)
I also recommend active motion-based learning. Strategies like Ms. Lyttle's Stemball help students to learn basic word roots and is one way to get a lot of bang for your teaching-time buck. The photos below to explain the game. To give it a try, you can use beach balls from th dollar store or even write on balloons for an economical game.
How to Play Vocab Ball:
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD