Quiz for teachers: how many of the following educational terms do you recognize?
Definitions are at the end of this post. But even if every phrase looked familiar, don’t get smug until you answer this question:
If a parent asked what on earth was “scaffolding” or “standards-based grading,” how comprehensible would your answer be to someone whose understanding of education was limited to their own experience as a student, experience that took place three decades ago?
Content marketers and other businesspeople have a catchphrase, “jettison the jargon.” Which means, write for the lay reader, not for a colleague who actually understands what ANED stands for or what additive manufacturing does. If you, the teacher, found yourself staring blankly at that last clause, you’ve felt something of what many parents go through trying to comprehend the goals teachers, school boards, and test-making politicians are pushing for their children’s education.
For the sake of rapport and mutual understanding, make sure you aren’t speaking to your students’ parents in “Educational Jargon.” Stick to the common language.
At Shady Oak, we pride ourselves on utilizing the best educational practices and on communicating clearly with students and parents. Hope your school can say the same!