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Jargon

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by Effinbankers, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Effinbankers

    Effinbankers Lead commenter

    Thought I'd lighten the mood

    Most days I come across new jargon (or as I prefer to call it "p i s h") which I assume I'm expected to know about. Here's some that really annoy me

    Classroom practitioner
    Coaching
    Assessment frameworks
    Stakeholders
    Sustained destinations
    Positive destinations
    Ownership of learning
    Learning journeys
    Going forward
    Success criteria
    Quality improvement
    Upskilled
    Progression maps
    Pupil engagement
    Lifelong learners
    Learning palettes
    Restorative practice
    Pupil voice
    Citizenship
    JETs
    SALs



    Feel free to add your own below!
     
  2. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    learning episode is the new one I heard today.
     
  3. Marco82

    Marco82 Established commenter

    What about "challenge" and "test challenge " and "deep learning" ? The very fact that people who profess to be educationalists are capable of writing the words "test challenge" tells you all you need to know about the levels we have sunk to in Scotland. Just imagine what Orwell would make of such bastardisation of the English language. There is no point in expecting anything meaningful from the SQA et al, these people have no idea what it is they want to say and hope to disguise this by producing acres of material which no one is ever going to read. It would be be funny if we weren't supposed to make sense of this drivel.
     
  4. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Some of these meaningless terms have crept in more generally than in education. Next time someone finishes a statement with 'going forward' ask them why they said it. I bet they never use it again - or at least not in your company.
     
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  5. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Thinking of the jargon listed above, what exactly do these mean??? At a wild guess ...

    Classroom practitioner - Teacher
    Coaching - Teaching
    Assessment frameworks - Test
    Stakeholders - Anybody/everybody
    Sustained destinations - Home
    Positive destinations - Holiday
    Ownership of learning - ???
    Learning journeys - Trip to Alten towers (not many schools will be doing that again)
    Going forward - The opposite of going backward/sideways
    Success criteria - Pass
    Quality improvement - Failed first time - now a B
    Upskilled - Learned it
    Progression maps - Without one you are lost
    Pupil engagement - Is it allowed??
    Lifelong learners - Most humans
    Learning palettes - Crayons
    Restorative practice - Back to square one
    Pupil voice - Should not be heard unless asking out to bog
    Citizenship - British
    JETs - Planes
    SALs - Almost a dip
     
  6. Effinbankers

    Effinbankers Lead commenter

    The coaching one I believe is some sort of PRD guff

    PRD to staff in my department has basically consisted of me saying to my colleagues:

    Have you found any decent courses you want to go on?

    And if they have:

    Ok, I'll go and ask SMT to see if they will pay for it

    But I now have to "coach" reviewees (another pointless word) through their PRD. Garbage
     
  7. Potatoes005

    Potatoes005 Occasional commenter

    Learning palettes, jets and sals - come on I can't even guess what these are
     
  8. inthered

    inthered Occasional commenter

    Targeted reassessment - saying to kid, ok, you got Q2 wrong, do it again.

    Seriously, these things induce nausea and disgust. In me, at least.
     
  9. Effinbankers

    Effinbankers Lead commenter

    SAL = significant aspect of learning. You may know it as an arrangement document (stuff you teach the weans)

    JET = Justification of Evidence Table. A jumped up marking scheme. In a big table. You can't just have a marking scheme with answers on it now, You need to have these which give more grief.

    And as for Learning Palette? Ain't good a scooby do. Heard it mentioned somewhere.
     
  10. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Jargon is a tool used by management in education, e.g. SMT's, Fac Heads, etc, as a crude means of asserting their 'superiority' over the common teacher. Its use actually undermines the confidence of teachers and so distracts them from their primary role which is to teach/educate pupils. There is no justification for it. The use of jargon does not elucidate; its effects are corrosive and divisive. SMT's etc. love it because it makes them look smarter than the average teacher - or so they think.

    Jargon - just vote NO!!!
     
  11. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Lead commenter

    SLT, Senior Management Team, is my personal favourite.
    Every word of it is just so false.
     

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