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Audience: 3rd – 5th Grade Teachers

Presenter(s): Kaelee Saner and Keri Mulholland

Length: 80 minutes

Level: Intermediate Conceptual

Session Description:

How many of the subjects you teach would be improved if your students had greater word knowledge? Learning new words is not just about encountering them in context. Students must learn how to use, explore, and think about them. This session focuses on the research of vocabulary instruction, implementing direct vocabulary instruction to improve students’ reading comprehension, including reading in cross-curricular subjects, and emphasizing better word choice within students’ writing. Participants will partake in the modeling of a researched vocabulary teaching method and will be given a variety of resources to implement teaching vocabulary in their own classroom. Come and increase your word consciousness and learn how to make vocabulary fun and exciting in your classroom!

Speaker Bio:

Kaelee Saner is in her sixth year of teaching, three of which have been in fifth grade and three in fourth grade.  She completed her masters in Literacy Education, with an emphasis on vocabulary instruction within the classroom.  Literacy in the classroom is her passion!

Keri is currently a 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary in Sheridan.  She began her teaching career in 1998 teaching 2nd grade in Texas.  She taught 4 years of 2nd grade and then moved up to 5th grade.  In 2005, she moved to Sheridan and began her teaching career here.  All of her years teaching have been focused on all subject areas.  Her love for kids and learning keeps her teaching today.