Anya Kamentz from NPR sat down and tried something we all should try. She attempted to make the latest buzzwords in educational research simple and easy to understand. If you were at AERA last weekend, you probably attended sessions (like I did) which were so jargon heavy it was often difficult to follow along. As researchers and writers, our job is to communicate big, complex, and messy ideas to those who didn’t conduct the research or know as much about your particular topic as you do. Jargon often gets in the way of that. creating a divide between researchers/writers and the audience.
Kamentz set out to define some of the most popular educational jargon using only the most 1000 common words in the English Language. Here are a few of my favourite:
Authentic (learning or assessment)
What does this schoolwork have to do with my life or the real world?
Culturally responsive teaching
Do you know where your students come from and what their lives are like?
Let’s use computers and people to teach students.
You have a good idea. Making it happen is the hard part.
Don’t stop until you really know a thing.
Teach the teachers too.
Don’t just write words and numbers. Do something.
Schools need to change.
Teaching things step by step so the student can do more and more by herself.
Lots of people care what happens in schools, like students, teachers, parents and leaders. You should listen to everybody.
A teacher should act like a businessperson.