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Double Duty

When Sharon Simeon isn't teaching special ed at a Flint, Michigan, elementary school, she's working on her second masters at a local university. We asked her how Visual Thesaurus helps her in -- both -- of her classrooms.

VT: How are you using Visual Thesaurus to teach your students?

Sharon: I noticed the kids using the same words over and over again. I wanted them to know they could use other words that meant the same thing, or close to it, and broaden their vocabulary. So we started plugging simple words like "run" or "went" into the Visual Thesaurus. The graphics grabbed their attention. They thought it was so cool.

VT: What kind of exercises did you do?

Sharon: We did writing and editing together. As we went through sentences, the kids took turns at a computer looking up words. After a while the kids themselves wanted to enter words from their everyday conversations. They were learning to build their vocabulary and describe their thoughts better.

VT: How about you?

Sharon: I'm a grad student at Saginaw Valley State University, where my professor introduced me to the Visual Thesaurus. I use it to tighten up my writing. I love it.

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Tuesday June 13th 2006, 10:26 AM
Comment by: anna S. (South Africa)Top 10 Commenter
you look and sound like a great teacher
Friday July 21st 2006, 8:21 PM
Comment by: Maurice H.
I admire you in praticing your lifelong learning reurning to school to study. After retirement from my 26 years of work on int'l cultural and education exchanges, I also plan to go back to school to teach basic English and business English where the vacabulary building is really important. I also plan to strengthen my Engish writing capability so that I can achieve my Chinese into English translation goals aimed to introduce and share Chinese history and culture to and with my overseas friends or potential audieences. I have found Visual Thesaus very practical and rich in help broaden my word choices or wording practice. I enjoy reading experiece by you. Yes, I am also performing double duty - teaching and learning - help others and myself to learning more words in order to write well. Thanks for the introduction!!
An excited reader, Maurice Huang from Taipei, TAIWAN, 7/22/06

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