This post is about the need to give students the basic vocabulary and linguistic tools to communicate about the concepts and skills they are dealing with in each subject. I’ve seen excellent practice in my school where teachers take time to teach the language of learning in the subject, in parallel with teaching the subject itself. Very often students appear to be struggling with a concept when, actually, they are just struggling to find the right language to express their understanding. Here are a few examples.
In science, a recurring issue is with describing relationships between variables that are captured on a graph.
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