How to create your own education jargon
Ever heard or seen the phrase “phonemic awareness” and wonder exactly what it meant? Or “Bloom’s taxonomy,” “problems-based learning,” “brain-based learning,” “outcome-based education,” “holistic learning,” “formative evaluation,” or internal evaluation?"
How about my new favorite: "Unleashing research-based curriculum integration?"
Okay, that last one is made up, but the rest are phrases now tossed around in the education world as if they actually mean something to most people.
To help you figure out the jargon, here are Web sites that explain some of these concepts: A lexicon buster from ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. And here's another helpful dictionary .
For some fun, you can go sciencegeek.net and create your own education jargon. Have some fun here. It offers lists of verbs, adjectives and nouns and lets you create your own educational nonsense that may make as much sense as the stuff actually used in education schools!
Here are a few of my creations:
*morph performance-based assessment”
*integrate classroom-based pedagogy”
And I'm planning to start a new school reform program that unleashes the research-based curriculum integration within us all.
I’d love to hear some of the jargon that you have come across in your reading or at your child's school. Write in the comments section or to me at email@example.com.
| December 16, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories: Learning | Tags: educational jargon
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