5 Strategies for Reinforcing Vocabulary

Oftentimes in academia, kids will memorize vocabulary words and their meaning, take the test, and forget all about the words and how to use them.

But this misses the point of teaching. Kids need to retain their vocabulary words beyond the test. With this point in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a veteran high school English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, takes a look at some teaching strategies that teachers can use to facilitate and reinforce the retention of vocabulary words.

Jordan’s ideas include:

  • Play Games
  • Create a Word Wall
  • Collaborate with Other Teachers to Create Cross-Curricular Vocabluary
  • And More!

Jordan sums up his article thusly: “So whether you’re holding students academically accountable for building a cumulative vocabulary, modeling vocabulary usage itself, or showing students that the terms they’re learning are relevant beyond the four walls of your classroom, make sure that you’re taking time to reinforce vocabulary words that students may otherwise forget. Our brains are designed to get rid of unused information, and too often our important vocabulary terms are memorized and then forgotten. But when we strategically apply any of the simple techniques listed above, we’re much more likely to help students embrace new words for the long term.”

How do you help reinforce essential vocabulary for your students? Share your strategies with our TeachHUB.com community!

How to Get a Teaching Job in Today’s Economy

Finding any job in this economy can be difficult, and for potential teachers, it’s even more difficult. Teachers looking for jobs are up against both seasoned veterans and rookies for a coveted position.

Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributor Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator, takes a look at the top ways that educators can put themselves ahead of the job-seeking pack.

Janelle’s tips include:

  • Be willing to move
  • Substitute teach
  • Get letters of recommendation
  • And more!

All in all, by using the techniques listed out today, your search for a good job will be that much easier.

Do you have any tips on how to find a teaching job in today’s economy?