|Position:||Principal, Margate Middle School|
|Grades:||6th - 8th|
Vocabulary.com allows us to connect with our students and this is something they want to do.
I think this is a program that we all believe in. It works for Margate.
We talk about the rigor and relevance, but also celebrating at certain moments to allow students to have the confidence and the motivation to believe in themselves...
So now within the class I have students competing to be the daily leader for Vocabulary.com, or the monthly leader, or the weekly leader.
... it gives you a moment of, 'I can do this, I can compete, I can do my speech, I can read my poem that I wrote myself,' and be confident.
I think the students identify with the program. It provides competition but it also provides rewards.
I think learning the words supports their growth because the more words you know, the more that you understand what you're reading. It opens the door for more opportunities.
That tells me that it's a program that the community loves and we're all a part of. So it was exciting to see energy for academics.