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Words, Words And Words
My students need a class set of dictionaries in order to look up vocabulary words regularly.
Malcolm X said, "...the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary to study, to learn some words." The impact of learning new words lasts a lifetime.
We are a continuation high school.
Students who attend our school are placed here for several reasons. Most of my students have faced some challenge at their comprehensive high schools and are attending Olympic to 1) earn credits to return to a comprehensive high school, 2) earn credits to graduate, or 3) work towards a GED. Several are faced with challenges in their daily lives and have grown untrustworthy of authority. Being able to show these students that I care about their futures, has brought them one step closer to gaining that trust back. One thing all of my students have in common is that they want to graduate. I have never met a group of more motivated students in my life.
Every week I introduce my students to new vocabulary words. In the past, I have given the definition to them. They often express how they love expanding their vocabulary and try to use the words they have acquired on a daily basis. Although it is great to be able to expose them to vocabulary, I would like to expand that knowledge by having them practice another skill. Having them look up the words in a dictionary is a skill that will help them become accountable for their learning and encourage them to participate in the introduction of new vocabulary.
Vocabulary is the key to communication.
Hearing my students use vocabulary they learned in my class, is extremely satisfying. Something even more satisfying is knowing they are eager to learn new words. A class set of dictionaries is a way to ensure students will continue to expand their vocabulary for years to come.
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