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  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  • Port Arthur, TX
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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I want to inject a lifelong feature in learning with my students. Understanding the meanings of words will follow them forever. I want the students to be lifelong learners and explore more and more each day. The understanding of words will help open and build their vocabulary. Children who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves better, and learn new things more quickly. They are also very likely to be successful not only learning to read but also in reading at or above grade level throughout their school years. I truly believe that the number of words one knows as well as the depth of understanding of those words is related to the ability to think. The dictionaries will be used to build vocabulary skills. Vocabulary games will be played with the dictionaries. It is very important to make students aware that dictionaries will also provide them with very useful grammar and pronunciation information that can be indispensable for them to properly learn the new vocabulary. It is also important to make students aware that each word can potentially have more than one definition and, ideally, they should be able to identify which definition they need or which definition applies to the context they have found the word in. I want the students to understand that dictionaries are resourceful and interesting books to enjoy and learn from.

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I want to inject a lifelong feature in learning with my students. Understanding the meanings of words will follow them forever. I want the students to be lifelong learners and explore more and more each day. The understanding of words will help open and build their vocabulary. Children who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves better, and learn new things more quickly. They are also very likely to be successful not only learning to read but also in reading at or above grade level throughout their school years. I truly believe that the number of words one knows as well as the depth of understanding of those words is related to the ability to think. The dictionaries will be used to build vocabulary skills. Vocabulary games will be played with the dictionaries. It is very important to make students aware that dictionaries will also provide them with very useful grammar and pronunciation information that can be indispensable for them to properly learn the new vocabulary. It is also important to make students aware that each word can potentially have more than one definition and, ideally, they should be able to identify which definition they need or which definition applies to the context they have found the word in. I want the students to understand that dictionaries are resourceful and interesting books to enjoy and learn from.

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