The beginning of the week brought with it new lists of vocabulary to consider. After visiting a few 5th grade classrooms this morning I was reminded of the importance of making connections to the words we study. Be it a story, rhyme, acronym, or other mnemonic device it’s important the vocabulary go beyond a simple list of definitions. So today I was able to think about dogs being dominant or submissive, what it would feel like to sing a solo, and what someone looks like when they are miffed. Perhaps this is a great lesson to all the content that learners engage in, make a personal connection and the ideas tend to stick.