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    By QW

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    I was thinking about how the poster said not to have the students predict the meaning of the word because it often stayed "wrong" in their head if they were incorrect.
    In Classroom Strategies that Work, the authors say that often, teachers introduce a new topic with something bizarre or unusual to get the students' attention, but that research has shown this is not a good idea. It is better to stick to the content that you really want them to know, because often their minds will focus on the bizarre or unusual, and remember that instead of what you are trying to teach that is important. Thought I'd mention it because it seems to kind of go along with what you were talking about in a round-about way. I'm thinking maybe that applies in this situation, too, and it is research based. Interesting topic--I'm going to look at those websites right away.

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