Every career has its vocabulary and education is no exception.
I remember when I was studying for my masters degree, a friend told me if I survived writing all the papers and "jargonized" my thoughts, I would earn the degree. After 75 papers and hours spent in class and the library, I succeeded with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1992. It was the era of the Apple IIGS computer so I didn't have the luxury of mobile devices and Internet accessibility for research. It's incredible how far technology has advanced in 20+ years.
What about educational jargon? eSchool News has published an article with 20 buzz words and phrases indigenous to education. Here's the list:
2. “Sputnik moment”
3. Web 2.0
4. College- and career-ready
5. Right-brain thinking
8. Digital Natives
10. Disruptive technology
12. Technology for technology’s sake
13. Sage on the stage; guide on the side
15. Digital literacy
17. Common Core-aligned
18. Big data/data-driven
19. “You have to educate to innovate.”
20: MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
After reading the article--"20 education buzz words and phrases"--what words and/or phrases would you add to this list? Are there any surprises on this list?
What educational jargon is a must? You may want to share the definition for those of us who want to "jargonize" correctly!
This is one of those fun discussions that may well catch on like the Re: How do you motivate the unmotivated? discussion that seems to have "nine lives" within Thinkfinity Community.
I don't know if you would term this educational jargon but it was jargon that caught me by surprise in Featured Member: Alexia Forhan's blog.
selfie - A picture where the photographer is also the subject of the photograph. You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera.
Can't think of an example, try the Educational Jargon Generator to create finely crafted phrases of educational nonsense.
I'm interested in what words and phrases have caught your attention, good or bad.
"The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year."
Each year our vocabulary increases with new words that fit the contemporary age. Have you considered using jargon as a classroom activity and asking your students to create new words that might become dictionary entries in the future? What words have your students added to their jargon?
I'm surprised to see that there aren't more replies on this thread! I'd love to hear what vocabulary others have to share. Personally I'm a little stumped as far as educational-centric jargon. I really agree with this list a lot. I think the biggest buzzword I've seen lately has been Common Core (whether it be in a positive light or not).
I really liked Meris Stansbury's little blurbs under each word in her article.
Neuroscience surprised me a bit, she does say "While not a buzz word specific to education.." but I still think there has to be a better word to add to this list instead of this.
My favorite might be digital native.
I have been thinking about educational jargon as well and when you mentioned Common Core, that definitely fit the new education jargon. Some of the words that come to my mind are:
Just some of my thinking. Hope others share. Like you, Gloria, I expected to see quite a list here.