Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Before getting side-tracked with all this *meme* janx yesterday, we had been Quietly Stewing about the after-school Professional Development Opportunity (meeting) we had just attended. We've probably vented about this before, but OHHS is right in the middle of developing a Professional Learning Community (latest Education Trend, sure to go by the wayside as soon as another Education Trend comes along--probably in another 5 minutes or so). Something about drastically changing OHHS' bell schedule, so that "all students will become learners" (pass federal- and state-mandated standardized tests).

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.


Clix said...

Would I be able to get a subscription to your school's newspaper for next year?

HappyChyck said...

You would seriously share your anniversary yearbook with me? You rock! E-mail me sometime and I'll share my info: happychyck@yahoo.com.

Thanks! I'm glad to meet another journalism teacher for inspiration! Actually, I consider myself and English teacher who was duped into doing yearbook--TWICE. What some people will do to get an English position...Anyway, I look forward to reading more from your blog!

chalkdustmakesmesneeze said...

You're gonna love you some PLC....

We're finishing up our second year of it. Next year's bell schedule is changing to fit it in.

Of course, not a damn thing has been accomplished.

Good luck.

ProfSeeman said...

You make some good points above.
However, I also think that this can be helpful to you:
Go to: http://www.panix.com/~pro-ed/

If you get this book and video: PREVENTING Classroom Discipline Problems, [they are in many libraries, so you don't have to buy them] email me and I can refer you to the sections of the book and the video [that demonstrates the effective vs. the ineffective teacher] that can help you.

[I also teach an online course on these issues that may be helpful to you at:
www.ClassroomManagementOnline.com ]

If you cannot get the book or video, email me and I will try to help.
Best regards,


Howard Seeman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
City Univ. of New York

Edna Lee said...

We are "moving towards the PLC model" at my school as well. I can hardly wait to see the "radical changes in student development" we've been promised.

Blah Blah Blah...

Please keep us posted on your school's progress!

Mister Teacher said...

Here I thought PLC was "Pretty Lung Thing." That's the last time I sing that song while coughing...

Hey, does your principal use the term "Due Dilligence?" Mine does, ALL the time!! I guess I'd say
Due Dilligence = snooping around

Melissa B. said...

Mr. Teach: Oh, we've got the Due Diligence thang goin' on up the WAZOO! Do you think Principal People are all programmed in the same factory? :) Oh, and we got our "new schedule" for next year--it's a gem, with two special periods set aside each week so that we can help the cherubs with the stuff they should have learned in the first place!

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