This presentation opens with some thought-provoking points about vocabulary teaching and learning. Then it explains how these are brought to life with the Vocabulary Self-collection Strategy. It's nice to know that something works; it's even better to know why it works!
Here, the authors of the blog entry above, give you all the details about how students used WordSift, PowerPoint, and ThingLink to create their e-dictionary pages. You could get started on VSS-Plus tomorrow!
I love that the authors of this blog have come up a creative technology-enhanced follow-up to the post-reading component of VSS. They call the enhanced version VSS-Plus. They walk you through the simple "how-to" process, and they even tried it out with fourth grade students, and let you know how it went, The link at the bottom of the page is no longer functioning, but is included as the last item in this Collection, labeled “Wolsey Video.”
This resource is set to open to the “Instructional Plan” of this 6-tab page. I love that VSS is referred to as “Choosing, Chatting, and Collecting.” Additional tabs take you to a preview, connections to state and national standards, resources and preparation, and related resources. The resources tab includes a link to a downloadable Vocabulary Selection Worksheet. Note that the authors include as one of the objectives of the method that students will “become instilled with a word awareness.”
This widely-cited article proves the power of a good title! The article describes a study the authors conducted using VSS in an intensive reading intervention with middle school students. They conclude that the results of the study “provide strong support for the Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy as an effective means both for increasing the depth and breadth of student vocabulary knowledge and for developing students’ abilities to be strategic, independent word learners."
Lots of different versions of VSS can be located online, but this one is truest to the way the method was published and the way it was implemented in several research studies. The copy quality is not the best, but the content quality justifies its selection for use here. It begins with students working in small cooperative groups before reading. The pre-reading activity also provides schema activation for individual reading as well as a reminder to be conscious of the selected words.
“Word Consciousness” is the acquired habit of paying attention to words, noticing when an unfamiliar word is encountered, and attempting to attach workable meanings to these new words. Successful learners are more likely to have acquired this habit than their unsuccessful peers. This short video sets the stage for learning more about a research-based and widely acclaimed method for teaching vocabulary by building the habit of word consciousness.