Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Five Words Even the Summer Couldn't Help Me Forget!

Note: if these five words aren't enough for you...use this lovely tool to create your own deliciously annoying Edu-term...Educational Jargon Generator

Intentional Non-Learner A student reluctant to learn or as they look in the English Department...a student who refuses to read the friggin' book and then can't do the friggin' homework and then friggin' fails his/her English class.

NCLB or No Child Left Behind The Wikipedia definition works for me..."NCLB supports standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state." Frankly, an idea that works well in theory, but in practice means that the teacher is more responsible for the learning of the student, than the student is...

Tardy Sweep As a person who is never on time to anything I have a real problem with forcibly counting students tardy using a process referred to as 'sweeping' means I shut my door when the bell rings and let my students miss class time filling out a form with the principals (that's not the part I dislike). During my planning period, I get to 'sweep' the students to the designated area and wait for them to fill out the forms and then escort them to rooms in my area of the building. Tardy Sweeping does keep tardies down, REALLY, but it's an inconvenience and makes me feel like I'm treating the children, well, like children.

Authentic Instruction What the frick? Break those words down,, isn't all teaching real...I'm positive I haven't seen any fake teaching practices. Authentic Instruction (yes, somebody got paid to think of this definition) is, in essence, instruction that challenges the student, has meaning beyond the classroom, includes all students equally in the process, and should be what all teachers do...even if they don't know what it's called.

and, my favorite!...note the dripping sarcasm...

Because Wikipedia can define it best!
Happy 13th School Year to ME!!!

What 'terms' of your profession do you find grating? 

1 comment:

  1. I don't like "value added model", "MAP" makes me want to hurl too. It's my 13th year too! Have a good one.



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