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The non-existent magic e

Today it was like watching my students being told there was no Santa Claus for the first time. "You mean we have been lied to?!" they screamed at me, and across the room at each other. It took them a while for it to sink in. "What do you mean there is no magic e?!"...

Rejuvenating the Frayer Model

Dorothy Frayer at the University of Wisconsin and her colleagues came up with a nifty four-square type graphic to introduce a vocabulary word to students. It looks like this: The word would go in the middle and you would define it through a dictionary or...

Phonology and Technology

Working with the International Phonetic Association (IPA) this week. I am certainly not an expert in phonology or phonetics, but it doesn't take much to get a generative conversation going when you put up a chart on a wall and say, "Hey, let's study this." Here is the...

Hanging with Strong Verbs

A student had this question today: "I was reading a book at home and came across the sentence: 'She hanged herself' and I thought it was a mistake because the word should be hung and my mom told me that the author was correct as is, hanged. Who is right?" *Note: There...

Blending with Lewis Carroll

A student had finished writing her sentence using the word include for a routine and was reading it aloud to the evaluators (the class) as follows: "I always like to include waffles in my linner." She explained to the class (and me) that linner is a meal you eat...