Education Buzz Words

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  1. WhatchaDoin?

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    What are some of the education "buzz words" that inspire productive thoughts? Which words make your toes curl?

    Just wondering....
     
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    There aren't particular words or phrases that make my "toes curl". It is more when buzz words are thrown around like confetti without any thought or, sometimes, understanding. As I often tell my students, don't use words you don't understand because you think that they make you sound like you know what you are talking about; often you end up sounding just the opposite.
     
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    I'm not a fan of buzzwords. Too often, a new phrasing of an old idea is seen as the magic cure-all that will fix education. In my experience, it simply doesn't happen. The user simply looks silly.
     
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    I only use it for writing college papers. Hehe, had to say it.
     
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    I enjoy engaging in professional dialog with other educators...in doing so, we may use terms that are not familiar outside of the education community but use them in meaningful, thoughtful ways, not as 'buzz words'. I agree with Ms C in that words MEAN things...one should know of what they are speaking- not randomly throw about words to sound like maybe you know...There are sometimes threads in the job seekers forum in which members ask for current buzz words to use on interviews- that does make my toes curl...it is up to us to maintain the professionalism with we desire to be viewed and respected- using appropriate language, being well-educated in current research and thought, being able to discuss one's thoughts and philosophies make us stand out as true professionals- using 'buzz words' because it's what you think others want to hear is not.
     
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    Thank you, all. I admit it...I'm guilty!

    Of course, I used the buzz words as needed during schooling. Now, I simply teach. As I start to interview (again) I'm a little worried that my jargon will not match that of the recent grad - either lack of the appropriate label, or now a certain characteristic or technique is called something else.

    Thanks to all for the reminder to be myself, not a recording of a text!!!
     
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    Cza Cza, I do ask for buzzwords before an interview. I don't use a lot of them but it helps me to go back and review basic concepts that I might not have thought to talk about even though I know about each of them.
     
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    The one word that makes my toes curl when dealing with an new set of educational packaging is the word "adapt". "You can easily adapt this to your classroom needs..."

    That word causes total shut down in my brain.

    Beyond that, I try to avoid the current buzzwords because I find them rather disingenuous.
     
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    Buzz words got me through college. Not in education, but in my original degree program, film. We used to joke that you could turn in a paper about anything and put in five to ten key words anywhere in the paper, and you would still get an A. Maybe it's the same in education, only instead of "mise en scene" and "Kafkaesque" the words would be "scaffolding" and "cooperative grouping." (Or, they would have been five years ago when I was in school. Maybe they are different now...)

    of course, in high school we used to play Buzz Word Bingo during assemblies, and when out executive director would be speaking we'd mark our bingo cards and see who could bingo first!
     
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    I brought a Buzz Word Bingo to an inservice once. We had a blast with it. I think it was the two day training for Step Up To Writing. The facilitator (Buzz Word!!) was furious.

    :lol:
     
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    Hilarious! I love it! :lol:
     
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    ughhhhhhh. DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION! They always say it is important but give no practical info on how to implement it. Everyone has a different theory. I have read so many books on it and they all say something different.
     
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    Ed Speak

    I call educational jargon "Ed Speak". I try not to use too much of it, but some areas just have a lot of it - Special Education, for example, has a cornucopia of acronyms in it.
     
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    I agree with cng, for interviews, buzzwords are very helpful. Example: I interviewed with one district without knowing that what I was talking about had a buzzword and ended up not connecting with the interviewer. You know, she had a rubric in front of her screening all applicants and could not check off the boxes with me.

    Later, when I had an interview with another district, I asked my master teachers to tell me what was "important in education today," and was told what the important words were. I had already described things like differentiating instruction, sharing and using best practices, guided reading, writing, writers' workshop, scaffolding, "think-pair-share," and on and on. I easily connected with this interview team and saw a lot of nodding and checkmarking.

    It was the same in my marketing days. I hated when directors would string buzzwords together, somehow seeming impressive. But in interviews, using buzzwords combined with examples show you are current AND know what you're talking about.
     
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    I think buzzwords help me immediately put a picture in my brain when talking to other educators. Tonight I was having dinner with my good friend, asking her about spec ed strategies. We used about a dozen 'buzz words', but it cut out a LOT of explination because we immediately knew the other understood the theory and we didn't have to explain it. Meta-cognitive was one of them. I did have to ask her to explain a few acronyms, but once she did, we could use them and it made the conversation easier. So I'm a fan of them.

    Ones that give me a really great connotation are the above meta-cog, differentiation, levels of intellegence (Bloom's), multiple intelligences, hands-on learning, etc. BUT I HATE it when a teacher talks about these and does NOT implement them!!! Like, they just brush the surface and don't REALLY understand how to use them in the classroom-like Bloom's without relating it to the meta-cognitive part, or asking students to reflect when using multiple intelligences, or not using appropriate assessment with hands-on learning.

    I feel these are buzzwords that need to be LIVED, not just talked about.
     
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    That was my point...that words need to be used in thoughtful and meaningful ways...at that point, I don't really think they are truly 'buzzwords' (see below) but the professional vocabulary that educators use. Using the words as a checklist in an interview or 'to get through college' are meaningless and I would hope that good hiring committees and college professors would see through such chicanery.

    From online:
    "Buzzwords differ from jargon in that jargon is esoteric but precisely defined terminology used for ease of communication between specialists in a given field, whereas a buzzword (which often develops from the appropriation of technical jargon) is used imprecisely among non-specialists with the primary goal of impressing the listeners with the speaker's use of an obscure term rather than technical communication per se"
     
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    Ah...Differentiation...it means so many different things to so many people...

    I am no longer a teacher of mathematics ...I am a facilitator of mathematical problem solving.

    We don't have home work, or class work...we have assessments.

    There are no more notes...they are guided interactive smart board and power point presentations.

    My biggest issue is with all the acronyms...SAT ACT ASFAB HSPA AHSA PAT CAP BAC SLC FTA FBLA NJEA AMTNJ NCTM PTEA PTA BOD etc.
     
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    Sorry, cza-I posted that first one before reading all the other posts. ;) You're right-you were spot on as well!!
     
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    My teacher specialist prefers to drill the words: Process, Content, Product. Which are you differentiating?

    Another one that I have a hard time with is Guided Instruction Model. I want to use my teacher specialist's term: Me, Us, You. Our reading specialist adds another one: Me, Us, Them, You
     
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    Wow, I hadn't checked this thread for a while.:)

    I found an old e-mail with a staff meeting bingo - it was labeled B.S. bingo. Too funny:lol:


    Thanks, Jem! Some of my fav's, too! I feel a little better - these are all very familiar to me.

    I get a little skittish this time of year. I don't like to have egg on my face about something I should know, but I don't. I began the year at a new school and attended their staff meeting. They kept refering to the test scores of the FARM's kids. I live in a rural area, and I couldn't figure out what agriculture had to do with anything. It must have been nerves.... :dizzy:Anyway, after 10 minutes, it dawned on me it was an acronym. I'm glad I didn't open my mouth.
     

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