Buzzword Bingo…

Anyone else tired of buzzwords in education? Constantly changing lingo makes it almost impossible to share common conversations with others involved in school reform. What’s more, buzzwords often cheapen truly powerful ideas as adopters seek to "fit in" by simply tossing around the right terms rather than implementing significant change within their spheres of influence.

But buzzwords can be fun too. Consider this forward that came through my inbox from a friend who works as an education reporter: 

"Do you get bored at education-ese school board meetings? Try this:

1. Before (or during) the next meeting, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5" x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

No child left behind
Test scores
Core competencies
Communication
Standards
Multiple exposures
Benchmarks
Proactive
Win-win
Think outside the box
Action plan
Result-driven
Assessments
Knowledge base
At the end of the day
Touch base
Mindset
Differentiated
Retention
Skills
Background knowledge
Effective learning
Exemplars
Implementation
Reflection

3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally stand up and shout "BULLS–T!" or something equally appropriate.

Tell me that won’t be fun? I know what you’ll be doing during your next school-related meeting! 

3 thoughts on “Buzzword Bingo…

  1. John

    I sent this to the President of Virginia’s Board of Education. I’ll let you knoiw if he gets back to me.
    Have you met your BOE president down there?
    Give it a try, you might find you can get some things done.

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