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Pop Quiz: Language of Education

Yesterday I took part in a professional development that was on blended learning a.k.a. hybrid learning a.k.a. technology-mediated instruction a.k.a. web-enhanced instruction a.k.a. mix-mode instruction.  This is a teaching model that combines aspects of online learning and traditional classroom learning, and there is a lot for me to unpack from that PD.  But to be honest this pop quiz has little to do with the meat of that PD, but it has a whole lot to do with my first sentence.

First of all my first sentence cracks me up.  Yes, I have long known that what I find funny few other people do, but allow me to explain.  There is a long and glorious tradition in modern education of re-naming.  I once got into a discussion with a colleague about teaching models where we were both advocating the use of a particular model, both of us saying how well our method worked in particular classroom settings.  After about 20 minutes it dawned on us that we were both talking about the same thing, but with different names.

Case in point – the “E’s”

There is the:

–          4 E learning cycle – Engage, Explore, Explain and Evaluate

–          5 E learning cycle – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate

–          7 E learning cycle – Elicit, engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate and extend.

These all can also be called the E’s of science education, E model, E’s of inquiry.

I once was at a professional development where the facilitator started talking about the E’s of Inquiry and asked how many E’s are there? 5 E’s someone said.  No, I only thought there were 4 E’s.  I know 7. A particular wit then chimed in, Do I hear 8? 8 E’s? 7 E’s going once… twice… Sold!

It is ridiculous.

So my question to you today is this: When have you seen the same thing?  When has the changing language of education tripped you up?

The Pop Quiz is a question posed to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the afternoon (ET).

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Jennifer teaches science in a public school in Pennsylvania. She lives there with her husband and two dogs.

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  1. May 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm —

    Learning objectives vs learning goals vs learning outcomes vs….

    • May 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm —

      Learning objectives I didn’t even think of those. I once had a long conversation with a student teacher about how you write learning objectives and I ended up with just saying to write them in what ever way your boss wants you to.

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