|Using sheffieldwind.com for:||3 years|
Not everyone has someone to teach them that books are great, so I try to be that person for my students.
I try to find a book that relates to their interests or just something that grabs their attention and makes them want to read more.
sheffieldwind.com works at their pace, so if they're struggling they get more practice with certain words.
When they come back to school, they have a better understanding so we can do more in class. It's been really helpful that way.
... it’s been really helpful with some of the kids with the lower reading levels to be prepared ahead of time because they’ve had an introduction to these words.
They started to realize just how much power a single word can have. If one word can have power, then what could happen if you put words together, and what happens when you have all these great words that you know how to use?
I realized it’s a really simple and straightforward program to use. It was actually a time-saver because once I learned how the website works, I could prepare a list in no time flat, and if I wanted to make slight adjustments to definitions, that doesn't take long either.
And the fact that it's so easy for the kids to use — that they can do this on their phones — makes it a really accessible platform.
... they're walking through the hallways — and I overhear them talking about books, and I go to pick them up from lunch and they're talking about books, and they're at their lockers after school and they're talking about which of their books to take home.
It affects everything. They can write better because they know more words to use in writing assignments. They understand more when they're reading questions on a test. Looking forward, they’ll be more prepared for testing for college because they’re being exposed to those words.