If you have taken a few classes, and would appreciate talking to someone about your specific situation and how you might best incorporate Structured Word Inquiry, I am offering coaching sessions.  I have used Structured Word Inquiry in my classroom with 5th grade students for about 8 years now.  I have learned a lot since that first year regarding which activities have been more worthwhile than others.  Below are some of the things we could do/discuss in these sessions:


Walk through a word investigation.  They are different every time and it is worthwhile to know how to decide what is helpful in the resources – (or what resources are best for a particular investigation).
Walk through a word investigation, pausing to focus on Etymonline and the kinds of information provided that is useful.  We could also talk about the site in general and navigating it.
Talk about collecting related words (morphological relatives and etymological relatives).
Walk through using Mini Matrix Maker.
Look at the OED, so you know what kinds of information is available there.
Talk about some of the concepts that are most important to teach.
Suggestions for individual student work.
Suggestions for small group work.
How much time to spend on SWI per day, per week.
Suggestions for keeping track of investigative student work.
Review any Structured Word Inquiry topic.


Those are a few suggested topics for discussion, but I am open to anything you’d like to discuss as it relates to SWI and teaching in the classroom.

If you are interested, please contact me:
We can then decide how many sessions you’d like to schedule.  Here are my fees for this coaching option:

Each 60 minute session is $30.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mary Beth