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

10 dosWe know that there is a strong relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Systematic vocabulary instruction must be an integral component of a K-12 comprehensive instructional framework

While there is no one correct way to teach vocabulary, common characteristics of effective vocabulary instruction have been documented in many professional journals and books. And yet, recent NAEP results for vocabulary reveal no significant change in vocabulary scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students from 2009 to 2011. In short, we still have a long way to go to improve vocabulary instruction and student word learning.

Effective vocabulary instruction across grade levels and content areas is key. Whether you implement Marzano’s 6-step vocabulary process or integrate digital tools into your instructional toolkit, the “10 Do’s and Don’ts” highlighted in this infographic can help you drill down to the basics and strengthen your instruction. It can also set the stage for discussions to improve vocabulary instruction and word learning across classrooms in your setting.

{12 Days of Literacy} Tool 11: Infographic: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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10 Do's and Don'ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction - Dr. Kimberly Tyson @tysonkimberly

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Kimberly is an educational consultant who works with district leaders to improve instructional effectiveness and student learning. No Tears for Tiers, a book about Common Core Vocabulary that she is writing, will be published by Solution Tree in 2014. In her other life, you'll find her in her gardens, biking, reading, or hanging out with her two teenagers (when they let her, that is).