What is a Concept Capsule?
A Concept Capsule is a single sheet of paper (or digital document) that introduces students to key vocabulary terms using a specific format designed to increase understanding and lead to full ownership of the term.
Composed of four distinct parts, the Capsules are introduced and practiced using a research-based strategy specifically designed to work effectively in all content areas across a wide range of grade levels.
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Lisa’s master’s degree is a little unusual: It’s in the actual teaching of English. She’s spent her entire professional career laser-focused on excellent instruction. In her latest book, she continues the work of improving classroom experience, focusing on academic vocabulary. Lisa is an educator, a frequent and well-regarded conference speaker, and the former Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa. She works to make the world safe for gifted kids at GiftedGuru.com, and she shares ideas on vocabulary instruction at VocabularyLuau.com.
Lisa Van gemert, M.Ed.T.
Concept Capsules has given me a systematic method of instructing students in academic vocabulary & the tools to make sure the words stick. You’ll be able to put the ideas to immediate use.
If students are to truly undersand the discipline, they need to know the vocabulary. Lisa’s book will help teachers ensure that.
Teachers will have no problem implementing this meaningfully into the classroom…She discusses how to implement it in ways that won’t overwhelm students or the teacher — this is a key point so many “new ideas” miss! As an educator, I know that the most important thing for me in any professional learning is the ability to find an immediate takeaway for my classroom and Concept Capsules does not disappoint!
The book is your complete guide to the Concept Capsule Method.
Review Activities for any Teacher!
Over two dozen review games and activities are included. They can be used for any review experience!
Why This Method?
I’ve spent decades perfecting this method, adjusting it find that sweet spot where research and classroom practice meet in a way that is effective and actually works.
But’s it’s not just about the vocabulary. This method is specifically intended to build classroom community and develop relationships.
This is probably the most important work I’ve done as a teacher, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share it with you.
Lisa Van gemert, M.Ed.T.
This book is an essential read for any (and every) teacher, and you cannot say that about most educational books! Lisa makes the skill of learning Tier III vocabulary easily accessible while generously providing teachers with everything that anyone would need to immediately use this strategy in the classroom including scripts, templates, and researched support.
Lisa Van Gemert’s book, Concept Capsules, gave me SO much inspiration and a new direction that I will use to teach vocabulary this year and beyond! The book does well to explain the “how” and “why” Concept Capsules are an effective tool for students to comprehend and own newly presented academic vocabulary. The book also includes tons of examples, ideas, and tips to make Concept Capsules success for every teachers’ implementation!
Interested in a digital template for creating Concept Capsules? Join the Concept Capsule Insiders & you’ll get a free template you can use in your own classroom.
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