Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thoughtful Classroom Word Works

                      Professional Development 
                 from the Thoughtful Classroom
http://www.thoughtfulclassroom.com/
This year, our school district's professional development training has been learning tools and strategies from The Thoughtful Classroom. If your school uses this PD, I would love to learn from you! What tools and strategies do you like best? 
I have enjoyed using Word Works to raise student achievement and expand my teaching repertoire! Word Works is a way of planning and teaching a classroom unit that helps students develop the skills essential in learning new academic vocabulary. 


The Thoughtful Classroom: Word Works CODE
The 4 phases of Thoughtful Vocabulary Learning:
Connect: Connect new words to what you already know.
Organize: Organize new words into meaningful categories and frameworks.
Deep Process: Deep process the most important words.
Exercise: Exercise your vocabulary.

Here are a few items that I made to use with my students for the Organize & Deep Process phases. My students like 3 Way Tie the BEST! Student samples are at the bottom of page!














Click to download SmartBoard Notebook File
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57181240/Thoughtful%20Classroom/VOcab.notebook

Click to download black and white PDF copies
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B95KQeLBDb6IRzFwMzFkd05UcUU

3 Way Tie






Found this awesome website by Marshall County Schools with ready-made Thoughtful Classroom printables! 

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