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August 11, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Tell us: What’s the most vexing education jargon you’ve heard?

With summer in full swing, it’s time to have little fun on the Ed Lab blog. As an education blog, we offer a bit of educational fun.

All you have to do is help us define education jargon in plain English.

Submit a term you don’t understand — or don’t fully understand — by typing it into the form below. We’re looking for terms that frustrate, exasperate or confuse you — or all three. Terms that you would like to ban forever. Terms that might as well be written in Martian — if they were Greek, they would be easier to understand.

Here are a few possibilities: Authentic assessment, child-centered, competency-based, alignment, critical thinking, differentiated instruction, mastery learning, constructivist, inquiry, direct instruction, developmentally appropriate, benchmarks, criterion-reference test, formative assessment, phonemic awareness, rubric, teacher leadership, research-based, best practices, stakeholders.

Feel free to nominate any of the above, or the hundreds of other possible terms.

After we find what terms baffle most of you the most, we’ll ask you and some experts in the field to help us come up with plain-spoken definitions.

In the end, we hope that the next time educators tell us that they intend to transform the curriculum in an authentic, developmentally appropriate way by using higher-order thinking skills aligned with Common Core competencies, we’ll all know what they are talking about.

(Note: If you want to nominate a two-word phrase, enter it below without the space between the words.)

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