Hello Ontario educators/bloggers/learners,
I'm thinking that we need to change our vocabulary on a few things. While reading my google reader rss feed from NECC (which sadly I could not attend), Will Richardson's post had a wee sentence which got me thinking.
Instead of saying to students, "hand in your work", we could do a small shift and say "publish your work". It's a very small semantic change, but could cause a seismic shift. Imagine what would happen if students have a chance to showcase their work, not only for a one-person audience (the teacher who is, by the way, paid to be a reader), but for a multi-person audience where quality, meaning, and persuasiveness matter in real time. Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier.
Are there other subtle vocabulary adjustments we could make?