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Eduspeak   Deep understanding, rich understanding, unpack a concept, what that looks like in your school, resonates, dispositions, teaching as inquiry, digging deeper, scaffolding, synthesis, best practice

It all becomes clear to me now.

These are some of the words I hear a lot, and probably use a lot more than I want to. They are the eduspeak of the day. What educators say when they talk about teaching and learning. The trouble is that our audiences are not always educators. So I had this thought that maybe I should try to find some other terminology to explain these eduspeak words what someone might think they are and then perhaps what I think they are. Open the doors a little and let others comment on what they might be.
So here goes

Deep understanding      - you know more than the average Joe? - really means having extensive knowledge about the detail
Rich understanding - costs a lot? - really means you have deep understanding and you know how it fits into the big picture of the world
Unpack a concept - take it out of the suitcase? - really means take a look at the detail of how ideas are put together into a whole package
What that looks like in your school - where is the visual evidence? - really means if you say it happens in your school, what will I see happening in the school to reflect that it is happening?
Resonates - echos a lot? - really means it makes a lot of sense to me
Dispositions - natures? really means attitudes to certain things
Teaching as Inquiry - no-one knows what they heck they are doing? - really means you should always ask yourself why you are doing things a certain way and check the data to see if it really works and if it doesn't then change it
Digging deeper - being nosy? - really means you are looking for that deep understanding (see above)
Scaffolding - supporting something that is weak?  - really means making a safe environment for students to build their knowledge
Synthesis - making something up? - really means a bringing together of elements of a whole thing that is useful
Best practice - the rehearsal that was awesome? - really means a strategy that is proven to have the best outcomes for students
So that is the list I have come up with this morning.  There are more!  Please, feel free to send me more words, add your own. 
 I really would like to have a deeper, richer understanding of this unpacked concept, so I can see what it looks like in your school, how it resonates with me and changes my disposition to teaching as inquiry, because when we dig deeper and scaffold learning we are able to present a synthesis of best practice available for all educators.

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Comment by Leigh Hynes on July 12, 2013 at 14:15

PS  I have bookmarked and highlighted your excellent resources!

Comment by Leigh Hynes on July 12, 2013 at 14:13

Thank you for your encouragement, Adam.  It is much appreciated.  You may like to check out a couple of follow-on blogs from this one.

Eduspeak Part 2

Eduspeak Part 3


Comment by Adam Fletcher on July 11, 2013 at 9:08

I love words Leigh, and I really appreciate what I see you trying to do here. By creating an open dialog about the understanding of eduspeak, we create more space for more people to use the terminology. I find that access is essential for bringing people "outside to play", as it were! 

Rather than focus on the latest terms being used popularly and often in cliched ways throughout education systems, I interest myself in introducing new terminology. Here are some the the concepts I use in teacher workshops, writing, and speaking engagements:

  • Student voice: Any expression of any learner about anything related to education.
  • Student engagement: The sustained connection a learner experiences with anything related to education.
  • Student/adult partnerships: An intentionally formed relationship between students and any adults throughout education that promotes equitable understanding and growth.
  • Adultism: Bias towards adults in any situation.

I've hyperlinked each of those terms to things I've written about them, in case you're interested in learning more. 

Did I mentioned I love words? 

Comment by Hazel Owen on July 4, 2013 at 20:47

What a great idea...the 'translation' of some key concepts into 'plain speak'. Would be neat to see what they would look like through Maori and Pasifika lenses :-)

From a tertiary stance, I'd probably add a couple of suggestions for additions to the translations you've provided, such as:

- Resonates: means "it feels like something that would work really well for me and my learners"

Digging deeper: means doing a bit more thinking and finding out more information about something

Scaffolding: means providing guidance, 'how to instructions...', examples, and suggestions around how to do something

Will get my thinking cap on for some more...but have my head in writing graduate profiles and learning outcomes at the moment!! (Now maybe those are two more terms for translation ;-p)

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