Vocabulary has always been critical to learning. With the emphasis on Common Core standards, more teachers are realizing the need for targeted vocabulary instruction.
 What Not To Do
Some common elements of vocabulary instruction could actually be working against you:
- Don't give students a long list of words each week. Focus instead on deeper understanding of fewer words, for long--term acquisition.
- Don't have students copy definitions. Focus instead on having them work with words, using some of the strategies below.
- Don't "hit-and-run" (new words every week). Review and recycle vocabulary constantly, holding students accountable for using terms in multiple settings. Maintain a word wall of previously learned words.
- Be careful with synonyms. Two words may have similar meanings, but encourage students to explore the shadings of difference between terms.
- Freyer model: