The use of word walls is connected to the following practices:

Educators and learners model desired behaviors.

1. Educators and learners model desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.

Use of Complete Sentences

2. Educators and learners speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.

Teaching to mastery

3. Learners are taught thoroughly and to mastery, insuring success for all. Whole group instruction is interwoven with flexible group instruction and individual instruction.

Word Analysis

5. Critical thinking skills are taught.

8. Enriched vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writings, informational text, and/or wisdom literature.

11. Word identification skills are used as a foundation for expanding the use of the English language.

Real World Connection and Consistent Review

4. Learning experiences are integrated, related to the real world, reviewed consistently, and connected to subsequent curricula.

Effective Interpersonal Communication Skills

7. Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula.

10. Learners’ work is displayed in some form. Positive and timely feedback is provided through oral and/or written commentary. 

 14. All learners experience success. The educator guarantees it by comparing learners to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Learners are showcased, and past failures are disregarded. 

15. Educators teach on their feet, thus utilizing proximity. They engage learners personally, hold high expectations of learners, and should not limit learners to grade level or perceived ability. 

16. Educators and learners employ effective interpersonal communications skills.

17. Educators and learners celebrate the successes of others.