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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Effective vocabulary instruction should be a top priority for every teacher. Why? Because it makes a huge impact on learning and comprehension.

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About Kimberly Tyson

Kimberly TysonKimberly has been an educator for over 25 years. She actively seeks to improve instructional effectiveness, the learning environment, and integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. She currently serves as an education consultant and is completing No Tears for TIers, a must-have book about implementing Common Core vocabulary, which will be published by Solution Tree Press later this year.

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