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Education / 19.11.2017

After the exciting Word Bag lesson that sparked so much interest, the teachers came to me with some big questions. One of the children created a word family at home that contained several cards reading <mom> and a few cards with long strings of random letters....

Education / 21.10.2017

Lyn Anderson (Beyond the Word) first introduced us to the joy of the Word Bag game several years ago now. It’s a simple teaching strategy, but it inspires a kind of magical curiosity in kids. It’s genius. The teacher creates a set of words that share...

Education / 05.09.2017

The new school year has begun at The Nueva School where I am the SWI Coach, and already stories about words have been flying my way. The third grade teachers introduced a project on the first day to help their students build a deeper sense...

Education / 06.05.2017

People often ask about using Structured Word Inquiry with young children. How does it work? Can they really understand morphology and the terminology that goes along with it? What if they can’t read yet? What if they don’t know their letters and sounds yet? The answer is right...

Education / 23.02.2017

This is the first post in my series called “First Steps,” which is intended for anyone just beginning their journey with Structured Word Inquiry. Since SWI is not a program, people can feel very nervous about where to start. You are told there is no...

Education / 14.12.2016

I recently did a lesson with a class of 3rd and 4th graders, whom I visit once a week. This was only their second lesson with Structured Word Inquiry. I knew I wanted to keep the words we used fairly simple so that they could...

Education / 21.11.2016

"If it’s important, it will come up again." Pete Bowers has used this statement thousands of times, I'm sure, when teachers ask questions like,  "But how will we know that we're covering everything we're supposed to cover? One of the exciting, challenging, and sometimes scary aspects of ...