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Structures Structures Structures

At the beginning of last year in the classroom, I  put up notecards in a line with a red string attached above my whiteboard like this: The idea behind it was that in a 90-120 minute literacy block, I would hit each of these structures and try to make as many...

A Dreamscape Scenario

I was checking out some artwork on the walls in the house of a new scholar and was asking about these landscape drawings, writing down a few of the words in the descriptions he was giving me.  Landscape is not a word I have studied before. It seems fairly...

#spellitout2018 Evening Tour

Friends, colleagues, fellow word scientists, I will be heading out on the road this summer and may be coming to a city near you to present! Of course, the presentations are dependent on space so feel free to share this flyer with anyone that might be interested and as...

Is bio- a prefix?

Dr. Jennifer Petrich and I did a one-day scientific spelling workshop at my school this weekend. It was so wonderful to see so many curious minds coming in and asking questions throughout about how orthography works, especially on a rain-filled Saturday during May...

Cognates in the Classroom

  PDFs of Handouts used in video for download: cameradiachronychart cameraentries   Resources referenced in video: Etymology Study Sheets Info Graphics for Educators...

Introduction to Structured Word Inquiry

Dual Language Education New Mexico (DLENM) is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring dual language students and staff everywhere get what they need. They issue a quarterly publication, Soleado, and I had the chance to write an article about introducing Structured Word...

A Sticky Situation

I walked into my morning classroom the other day to screams across the aisles: “The word is seerup” “No, it is sirup!” The students just couldn’t agree. I had never even thought about this word. No idea what could be related to it, no idea where to begin. This is...