Education has so many buzzwords at any given time. We take these words, throw them into goals that we create, revamp our mission & vision statements to include them, and expect teachers and students to meet the goals. What we often don’t do is define what the words mean to the district. How the district defines any particular word that is used as a driver for learning. The term innovation is a perfect example…personalized learning is another. If we don’t take time to define the educationese that we use in our goals, it’s difficult to expect people to know how to meet them.
(Nomophobia, by the way, is the fear of being without a mobile phone. I am a self diagnosed Nomophobiac.)
Sometimes, defining a word seems like an elementary task. Sometimes, it seems like it would be obvious that all stakeholders know what a term means. Sometimes, I think deep down, we are afraid of finding out that we were the ones who didn’t know what it meant. No matter the reason why, when we create goals and implement new ideas without going through this important step, we are risking complete failure because we have no common foundation to build upon.