Skip to content says “Don’t memorize definitions!”

by on May 11, 2016

According to MISBO Digital Educational Resources Vendor, if your students are just memorizing definitions of a word, they’re liable to make embarrassing errors.

As Bob Marzano points out in What Works in Schools, “Direct vocabulary instruction does not imply rote memorization of definitions.” There is a difference. Words are multifaceted and quirky, and memorizing just one definition per word will not help a student unlock the word’s multiple meanings across content areas.

Take “figure” as a prime example. Students may need to analyze a figure of speech in ELA, interpret Figure A in science, calculate a figure in math, and maybe even draw a figure in art. teaches all of the meanings of a word and therefore prepares students to be able comprehend the word regardless of the context they encounter it in.

This makes it much more likely they’ll be able to answer a question like this on an upcoming high-stakes standardized test:

Students who only memorize definitions might struggle with this question.

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