They Tried to Make Me Go to Vocab Rehab…I Said “Yes, Yes, Yes”

I am so glad I found this post! Vocabulary is so important!

The Wordy Teacher

So, I think I am officially addicted to these little ASCD ARIAS books.

With Common Core looming over us all, one of my main goals for this summer is finally establishing a vocabulary routine for my students that works.

My Requirements for Vocabulary Routine:

  • It cannot take up more than 30 minutes of in-class instruction time (including testing) per week
  • It has to be organic, but still organized
  • I want to do about 5 new words a week
  • It needs to go beyond the old define, make a sentence, match them routine
  • It needs to be something sustainable all year long
  • I can’t kill myself with grading
  • It has to be fun and educational

I honestly thought it was too much to ask for.

And then in comes this handy little book by Marilee Sprenger.

You may have seen my review of another ASCD ARIAS book The Five-Minute Teacher by Mark…

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“Seek First To …

“Seek First To Understand; Then To Be Understood” Steven Covey’s – 5th Habit of Highly Effective People

As I reflect on the first year of my principalship, the words from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People run through my mind. When I entered the field of education in 1995, my mom recommended that I read Covey’s book.  During the early years in my career, I read and listened to his book several times.  Since that time I have relied on these habits to help me to be a better person and educator.

Habit 1: Be proactive

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Habit 3: Put first things first

Habit 4: Think win-win

Habit 5: Seek first to understand, and then to be understood

Habit 6: Synergize

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

Although all of these habits were important during this school year, I believe #5 was the foundation for my leadership. I realized early on that it was essential to, first, be a listener and, second, share my thoughts and ideas. Authentic understanding, listening, and  communication were critical to developing and maintaining meaningful relationships and a healthy school culture.  I am grateful for my mom’s recommendation and for a great school year!

 *To prepare for the next school  year, I just downloaded the audible book so I can listen to it again (along with the #8: Habit From effectiveness to greatness), the book on tape won’t play in my car. 🙂