Today was the first day of my fifth year of teaching.
I've decided that my ninth graders will be choose their own vocabulary words. So, instead of handing them worksheets with vocab exercises from a book or using a list of SAT words, I asked each of them to identify one word to contribute to our class vocabulary list each week. I asked them to pay attention to the words they don't yet know as they read magazines, watch television, listen to music, or whatever. Each week when they turn in their words, they will write the word, the definition and the context in which they heard the word, and then the next week they'll be quizzed on all the words chosen by the class.
I'd gotten tired of my old vocabulary book, and I want to allow the kids ownership of what we're learning whenever I can. Plus, I think it will still prepare them for future standardized testing. I got an email from a student I taught three years ago last night.
By the way, moppet was one of my vocabulary words on the SAT. I thought you would like to know that since you used to call me a moppet all the time.
So, real words from real life. I like it.
After my explanation, a cute blond in the front row waved her hand.
Um, can I pick the word high-maintenance? 'Cause people are always telling me that I'm all high-maintenance, and I don't even know what that means.
I dunno if high-maintenance is gonna be on the SAT, but I guess learning for personal growth is a good thing too. Sure thing.