First off, I wish to thank both the highly-qualified readers here, as well as Eduwonk himself, whom I consider to be one of the kings of higher-order thinking, for allowing me to rant, rave, and post my way to a new paradigm for a few days this week. (Drink, drink, and drink!) Seriously, it was a pleasure to get as much feedback as I got here this week.
As promised, here is a list of 24 jargony words to drink by. Special thanks to all of those who played along, and to all those who will hoist a few henceforth. The rules are simple: Each time you hear one of these often-used words from the education world, take a swig of whatever makes you happy. If you have no beverage (as often happens when these words come up) feel free to giggle, as long as you promise to do it in a manner that is completely condescending to those around you!
Eduwonk returns on Monday. In the mean time, get your glasses ready…
1. Rubric (Just try not to laugh the next time you hear it!)
5. Dead white guys
6. Scaffold (as a verb)
7. Authentic learning
8. Differentiated instruction
9. Integrated learning
11. Balanced literacy
12. Highly qualified
17. Self-directed learning (Sounds too much like something that causes hair to grow on palms.)
19. Capacity building
20. Best practices (Mandatory group hugs, however, around anyone who uses the vernacular “stuff that works pretty good.”)
21. Higher order thinking (I had a roommate in college who was really into higher order thinking. He is no longer able to produce children.)
22. Collaborate (Not unless pastries are served.)
23. Transparency (It doesn’t really exist.)
24. Train wreck (When used to describe standards movement/NCLB, etc. )
— Joe Williams
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