Any New Buzzwords?

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  1. iteachbx

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    My students love close reading. I never thought it was tedious. The key is what we're reading. I always find an engaging text and come up with some good discussion questions.
     
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    Close reading is another new phrase I've seen. I kept thinking that 'cloze reading' was being misspelled, until I asked, and found out it's a very different thing. What's funny is that the concept is not new at all. When I was in school (25 years ago) we were supposed to underline or highlight the most important things to be able to summarize and pick out the most important details. So it's a bit silly to me that they're trying toi make it look like it's such a new concept.
     
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    I agree that it can be a hoot when students are using books of interest but......unfortunately, the assessment texts our district doles out for practice and testing is AWFUL :( The topics are dry and the text complexity is ridiculous. We have to practice with this stuff or else our kids will not be able to perform for the assessment task.
     
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    As a new teacher (eight years ago) I used to enjoy attending county sponsored PD's because I got to clear up a lot of misconceptions, got answers to my questions and I walked away feeling like I'd learned something.

    Now I dread them because I leave with little to no new information and my questions are not answered. The presenters often are classroom teachers just like us and don't seem to have a real good grasp on the content themselves.

    Because of that, we're instructed to write any and all questions onto a post it and stick it to the "parking lot" hung up somewhere in the room. The questions are never addressed during the session or followed up with an email.

    We spend most of the sessions hearing the same things we've already heard/read from memo's and they'll typically give us 30 - 45 minutes to complete a 15 minute assignment from the curriculum. The times we actually look at the material, they have us turn and talk with our groups about what we think different things mean. It's a lot of fluff.

    It's no better when we have in-school PDs and planning meetings. If we ask anything about a deadline/requirement, the instructional specialists get defensive.

    I think everyone is confused by all the buzzwords and changes to the curriculum (our old standards look very different from our Common Core standards), so no one wants to give a definitive answer and be wrong, because then they're accountable.

    It's very annoying and something I am dreading as a new team leader for my grade level this year.
     
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    If that were used when I was a kid, my parents would have left me at school. They might have come to claim my brother, but probably not.
     
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    Honestly that's my opinion about all "buzzwords". It's the same concepts but with a new name. It's hard for me to think of any new concepts that are introduced, they're just the same olds recycled with a fancier name.
     
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    I haven't noticed use of "front loading or unpacking", but will now expect to start hearing them. Our buzz word for the last couple of years has been "rigorous".
     
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    I always find "rigorous" to be insulting. Oh gee mister PD presenter, I was planning on just having my kids do coloring pages all day, but now you've shown me the light.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Well, and people have different ideas of what rigorous is. I was at a training this summer about technology where they were showing people how to make games on the smartboard. They were all really low level-matching vocab to definitions, unscrambling words. So I asked the presenter how could you make this more rigorous. The answer-use bigger vocab words. :rolleyes:

    Yeah I get offended often. We have a new initiative to make sure all kids are reading by 2nd Grade...because we haven't been trying to do that already! :|
     
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    YES! We always hear about 'student engagement'. I always have the same reaction... "Oh THAAAAT's what I should be aiming for..." :dizzy: Insulting is totally the right word.
     
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    Funniest thing. this last year me and a collegue were talking. She pulled out a book that she got during teacher education class, it was copyrighted in like 1975. We looked through it and started rolling on the floor laughing.

    It had Plan-Study-Do-Act and like 2 other "things" that are considered new and innovative in our district. Funny that all this new stuff is just a pendulum coming back around...or so it seems.
     
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    Rigor and relevance are big in my area.
     
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    Project-Based Learning (PBL) aka Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) (gotta throw in a few acronyms to look cutting-edge!)

    Authentic Assessment aka Performance Assessment

    Those are just a couple "biggies" I've been hearing about lately.

    I especially hate the feeling I get that some people really just throw these terms around to look smart without actually meaning anything new.
     
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    The whopper of all buzzwords/phrases is "best practices." I hate this one with a fiery burning passion: "We must implement best practices to realize efficiencies," etc. It's corporate gobbledegook that originated in MBA programs, alongside other gems like "realize efficiencies" and "right-sizing." It's depressing that education appears to have adopted its use--though not surprising, given how much corporate influence there is over education these days.
     
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    Best Practices...duh!?!?! haha

    Let's make a list of definitions/"what they really mean" for all these much loved buzz words.

    Best Practices=Common Sense
     
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    Whenever I hear the term best practices, I hear Delores Umbridge using the word in her speech at Hogwarts, followed by that creepy giggle.

    Gives me the shivers every time. :lol:
     
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    I apologize for if these buzzwords have already been mentioned. Here are the buzzwords and reference sources:

    "Design Thinking" check IDEO's DT for Educator's Toolkit for reference

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    Carol Dweck's "Mindset" How You Can Fulfil Your Potential available on Amazon in book, Kindle and audio form

    "Grit" by Angela Lee Duckworth--check out her TED Talk Education and her interview on NPR for more.

    Hope this helps!

    Fred
     
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    hee hee!...so many drinking games to be created! (can be non-alchohalic drinks)

    Just back from two days of meetings. Kept having to ask other teachers what various groups of letters meant. DOK (depth of knowledge) ITL...forget ---something about leadership. The big buzz was "building capacity." (school teams of instructional leaders, parents, etc.) I agree non of it really changes anything except what it's all called. And all of it made me feel that I was less expert than people giving workshop. ...perhaps the point?

    Fred - I am in the process of putting together a unit for my 11th graders using some of Dweck's writing. I'm hoping they find it as interesting as I did...we shall see.
     
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    windy city gal,
    I think your idea of a "dictionary" of these terms might be a best seller!
     
  21. Elocin

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    I hear "mindful" a lot.

    "Be mindful of student engagement when implementing rigorous, relevant performance assessments."

    I actually just copied that from an email I received last month. Not that it is BAD advice but.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Great...next they'll be telling us to teach!
     
  23. fjaravata

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    CreativeMonster, I'm very interested in how your 11 graders do and think... please let us know how its going! Exciting!
     
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