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Jargon, Acronyms and Buzzwords
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When you interview, you'll want to be able to be able to use and understand up-to-date teacher jargon.  If an interviewer asks about your opinions on looping or how you use differentiated instruction, you don't want to be the candidate that says, "Huh?  Can you rephrase the question?"

You need to have an educator's vocabulary.  Before your interview, you'll want to brush up on all those buzzwords you learned in college.  If you casually speak fluent teacher jargon and use key words at appropriate times, in their appropriate contexts, then you are certain to leave a positive impression on the interviewers. 

The list below is not meant to be a complete list of buzzwords that might be used in an interview, but should be a helpful resource to get you thinking about the kinds of words you should be able to use and talk about.

To prepare for yourself an interview, try this practice activity:  Use each word below in a sentence and relate it to your teaching abilities.  Look up any terms you are unfamiliar with.

  • Assessment
  • Advanced Placement (High School)
  • Basic Facts (Elementary Mathematics)
  • Behavior Modification Plan (or Behavior Modification Chart)
  • Block Scheduling (Middle or High School)
  • Cooperative Learning
  • DEAR - Drop Everything and Read (Elementary School); aka SSR or Silent Sustained Reading
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Everyday Mathematics (Elementary)
  • ESL Students - English as a Second Language (or ELL, English Language Learners)
  • Four Square Writing (Elementary)
  • Four Block Literacy (Elementary)
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Graphic Organizer
  • IEP - Individualized Education Plan or Individualized Education Program
  • Inclusion
  • Mastery Learning
  • Literature Circles (Elementary)
  • Looping
  • Manipulatives (Elementary Mathematics)
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Scientific Method
  • Special Needs
  • Standards or State Standards
  • State Testing
  • Team Teaching
  • Writing Process

Sample Text From the Book
Guide to Getting the Teaching Job of Your Dreams!
by Tim W.