You become what you think about most of the time.
When I made the decision to improve my financial literacy, I set up several new accounts online. Instead of entering my typical username and password, I decided to get creative and deliberately repeat a positive affirmation relating to my desired relationship with money. As smart$ch1ck (smart money chick), my password was “I@mprosperous.” (I am prosperous). In the beginning I didn’t feel like a smart money chick; I felt more like a blundering know-nothing. Prosperous thoughts weren’t first on my mind. I was worried about the economy, my kids’ college funds, and paying off debt.
With time and hard work, I began to smile when I’d type smart$ch1ck and see the results of my savings slowly accumulating. Logging in with I@mprosperous reminded me to breath and be grateful for all the small, ordinary ways that I am healthy and wealthy. It turns out that when I delved into the genre of finance and became more money fit, I had daily opportunities to affirm my positive intentions through usernames and passwords.
In my work life I’m also constantly setting up accounts. The password I use most for any coaching accounts is “listenX3” to remind me to “listen, listen, listen.” So what would your password be? What do you want to affirm and reaffirm when you touch the keyboard? If you are aiming to amp up humor in your life, what password would cause you to chuckle when you sign in? Perhaps you are looking to increase your compassion? Maybe “ch00sek!nd” (“choose kind” from Wonder by RJ Palacio) would work for you. “Inomypasswd” (I know my password) might be just the thing for someone set on improving his/her memory.
This week we’re unlocking the secrets of how to help students learn words. Plus more as always — enjoy!
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Here are three takes on word learning from the Choice Literacy archives.
In What’s Up with Those Word Walls?, Shari Frost considers the gap between research and practice in many classrooms when it comes to displaying words:
Heather Rader also weeds through the research to find the Best Practices in Spelling Instruction:
Doug Fisher talks about Vocabulary, Comprehension, and the Common Core in this podcast:
Is your knowledge of syllable categories a little rusty? You might enjoy this primer on the Six Syllable Types from Louisa Moats and Carol Tolman at Reading Rockets:
If you have one, and only one, iPad in your classroom, how might students use it? Jonathan Wylie compiles helpful suggestions from many teachers, with tips on everything from free apps to creating a set of class rules for handling the device:
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Maria Caplin describes how she integrates word study into writing workshops with intermediate students:
Katie Doherty shares many ways to make vocabulary learning fun in middle school, beginning with students working together to select words to study each week:
Bryce Bennett develops a four-step process to help high school students use their smartphones to master difficult vocabulary while reading:
In this week’s video, Stella Villalba scaffolds her class of first-and second-grade English language learners with a visual aid to help them try out new vocabulary and narrative language structures:
Karen Terlecky confers with fifth-grader Nora, and highlights wonderful language used in her writing as a springboard into revision:
If you are looking for more word learning resources, visit the Word Study and Vocabulary section of the site for dozens of print articles and videos:
That’s all for this week!