Educational Jargon (from NPR)

 

 

jargon

Words School People Use:

Authentic
What does this schoolwork have to do with my life or the real world?

Best practices
Let’s all do what the really good people do.

Competency-based education
School should be about proving what you know, not just sitting in a chair for a number of weeks or years.

Culturally responsive teaching
Do you know where your students come from and what their lives are like?

Deeper learning 
Students should think hard, ask questions, and really work.

Efficacy 
Is this thing working or not? Let’s find out.

Grit 
People who try harder do better.

Growth mindset 
You can do better if you believe you can do better if you try harder.

Hybrid education 
Let’s use computers and people to teach students.

Implement 
You have a good idea. Making it happen is the hard part.

Mastery-based 
Don’t stop until you really know a thing.

Microcredential 
You might not have to go to college for four years. You can learn good stuff even in just a few weeks, and you should be able to prove that.

Personalization 
All students learn in their own way and their own time. Schools should help them. Maybe with computers?

Pivot 
If your idea is not working, change it.

Professional development 
Teach the teachers too.

Project-based learning 
Don’t just write words and numbers. Do something.

Reform 
Schools need to change.

Scaffolding 
Teaching things step by step so the student can do more and more by herself.

Scaling 
Make your good idea bigger.jargonjargon

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