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The End Of K-3 Teaching Interruptions

By Patrick Lashmar June 20, 2014

Resourceful K-3 educators save valuable teaching time, expand their students’ vocabulary and language skills, and present lists of subject specific spelling words by insisting their students use personal word books in the classroom.

Stop Teaching Interruptions And Save Precious Classroom Teaching Time

We have all been there. You are in the middle of teaching when, suddenly, one or more of your students tug at your sleeve to ask for the spelling and definition of words they want to use that aren't on the classroom word wall. You spell the words for them and give examples of their uses. Refocusing, you get back to work, teaching. Just as you do, another student puts their hand up to ask how to spell a different word they want to use in their writing. Yet again, you stop your work to spell the word for that student. What is worse, many of your students ask for the same words over and over, day after day. This disrupts your classroom and takes away from your valuable teaching time. But, does it have to be this way? Most definitely not.


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Devote More Time To Teaching, Expand Word Study and Language Skills, And Present Lists Of Subject Specific Spelling Words

Personal word books put an end to teaching interruptions, build a personalized student dictionary and reference book for student writing, and include lists of the subject specific spelling words they need.

Personal word books have common and specific features to help improve your students’ language skills and can save you precious classroom teaching time, while your students develop into independent spellers.

Many features that are common to personal word books include an alphabetical listing of the most commonly used words, and the creation of a student-written personalized dictionary. They are also an easy-to-use reference handbook for student writing. They clearly present words by word families, themes, and subject areas. The books provide ample space for students to add their own personal words. And most personal word books these days are presented with exciting illustrations in full-colour to engage and motivate your students. All of these features are found in most modern personal word books.

Some specific features of personal word books include things like presenting motivational story starter ideas to “kickstart” the writing process. They present the writing process in student friendly language. Others present editing and proofreading checklists for students to use when creating their own writing. Still others are presented in an illustrated picture dictionary format. All of these features are specific to different types of personal word books. In short, using personal word books in your classroom will help your students to develop into proud, confident writers plus free up your time so you can focus on what is really important: teaching.

If you are interested in the different types of personal word books that are available for your classroom, click on the links below to learn more.

My Personal Word Book Level A

My Personal Word Book Level B

My Personal Picture Dictionary

My English-French Picture Dictionary

Mon dictionnaire illustré

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