Without belaboring the worthlessness of the meeting, let's just say Our Minds Started To Wander, fixated upon the always-entertaining concept of Educational Euphemisms. Here, forthwith, are 20+ from the Land of Ed-Squared, with the "real world" translation of each. Appropriate commentary, when necessary.
Professional Learning Community=school (was it un-professional, prior to this school year?)
Classroom Practice=the way a teacher teaches (or attempts to teach, depending on Critical Classroom Management Issues)
Classroom Management=discipline (duh!)
Clients=sometimes students; sometimes parents; sometimes colleagues; sometimes school administration; sometimes state-fed government (Frankly, we need a few more euphemisms. All of these Clients confuse us!)
Student Achievement=grades, scores (double-duh!)
Tasking=Teaching (we think!)
Community of Learners=students (or, teachers learning this new PLC janx)
Workplace Factors=Too many students, not enough pay, too few results (in the never-ending quest for higher test scores)
Expanded Professional Roles=giving the teachers more work to do outside their contract hours
Teacher Efficacy=good, mediocre, bad teachers?
Curriculum Reform=changing the lessons so Cherubs will pass mandated Standardized Tests (our state tests up the wazoo, BTW.)
Body of Wisdom=We're not sure. Knowledge? What we teach? What the kids learn? What we know but aren't telling anybody?
Structured Time=still trying to get us to teach outside contract hours (un-structured time, we suppose, would be a better Euphey)
Sharing Feedback="My way, or the highway," says Principal Man to the masses.
Collective Creativity=completely obliterated under all the data-collecting mandated by PLCs!
Campus Administrator=Principal Man to the Rescue!
Collegial Relationships=Can't we all just get along?
Position of Authority=Administrator? Teacher? Student? Parents? (at OHHS, this last answer is usually the correct one)
All-Wise, All-Competent=Are these mutually exclusive? If you are wise, can you still be competent?
Omnicompetence=We're not gonna touch that one!
Dynamic Potential of Staff Contributions=Again, we think this has something to do with working outside contract hours.
Divergent Views or Ideas="My way or the highway!" reiterates Principal Man, with emphasis.
All we can Report to Our Humble Readers At This Point In Time is that our English Teacher Sensibilities are Highly Offended by Professional Learning Community Vocab. Seems to us that we could Go the Extra Mile to put a Bare Bones, Bottom-Driven (OK, we're thinking something slightly profane here), not Top-Down, lingo in place, In Order To Stem the Tide of Attrition that has Plagued Public School Teacher Retention in Millennium-Focused America. By Adding Value to the Concept of our Worthiness as Educators, we can Hit the Ground Running without putting all of our Eggs in One Basket. At least that's what we think would encourage more Clients to Buy In to the plan! Jeez. Your Taxpayers' Dollars At Work.