Have a good chuckle but think while you’re laughing

Nov 29, 2014 by

A few weeks ago I saw this “Buzz Word Bingo Card” floating around Facebook.  So much of this buzz word bingo had to do with measuring what students have learned rather than how/what students are being taught.  I assumed that that was why it made it on some of the funny education and anti-common core pages.  Does any buzz word here actually tell you anything about what the students are learning?  I’ll let you generate your own opinion on that.  Now compare this buzz word bingo card to the one below.

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Here is the Buzz Word Bingo that teachers might have shared in the late 1960’s.  Granted someone would have had to recreate it and run it off on on mimeograph machine (which were still used until the early 80ies).  It is important to note that using the Buzz Words from the 1960’s, many children received a good solid foundational education.  Was it perfect? No.  Was awareness yet heightened around learning and language disabilities? NO!  However, the good teachers who did not have bulging classrooms did try their best to help all children succeed.  I know there was more teaching and less measuring.  I know many of you may have hated Dick and Jane but guess what the formula worked for a variety of children, giving them not only reading success but self confidence to read.  My favorite three on the Buzz Word Bingo 1960 are PHONICS, HANDWRITING and FOCUS ON MEMORY SKILLS.

Buzz Word 1960 #2

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2 Comments

  1. Great post! I have some real questions about common core and the emphasis on assessment, assessment, assessment!

  2. Teresa Sadowski MA/SLP-ccc

    Hi Annie
    Thanks for taking the time to read the article and comment. It’s just sad how much less teaching and how much more measuring is going on.
    Teresa

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