"When all teachers in a school focus on the same academic vocabulary and teach in the same way, school has a powerful comprehensive approach." Marzano 2005

One focus of San Marcos Middle School's instructional approach is to use common academic vocabulary in all classes across all grades and subject areas. One new academic vocabulary word is taught each week on Monday, called W.O.W. (Word of the Week). The W.O.W. words are found in the SMMS student planner and are explicitly taught. Structured opportunities are created school-wide and in all other classes to use and practice these words.

Support your student's learning by using these words at home too! Try to use these words in conversation at home, especially in questions.

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