Buzz Wordzz (Education)

For when you have no idea what they’re talking about…


Accomodations vs. Modifications

Accomodations = change how a student learns the material

**Reading the questions out loud on a quiz


Modifications = change the material

**changing the questions altogether for something easier


Bloom’s Taxonomy

This is a theory that refers to higher order thinking skills. It is a pyramid that shows development of a student’s learning (which ultimately become the goals that we’re driving our student’s toward.)


Close Reading

Take an article for example. If I were to close read it, I would take my time with every word and phrase. I would consider if anything might have a double meaning changing my understanding of the story as I know it. I would circle interesting text. I would underline things that strike me as important. I might box words I don’t know. Finally, be able to summarize all that I read and prove that I understood.



The word of the century. Simply put, it’s when you’re able to take what you might give to the average student and adjust in a way that it best fits the needs of either a higher or lower level student. Yes this means more work. Yes its the right thing to do. More often than not, they are looking for how you adapted it for lower level learners, but please don’t forget those who need pushed to the next level as well! 


Growth Mindset

I can’t do it          vs.        I can’t do it yet.

Get it?



This can look like a lot of things – but as for my understanding of it, you need to teach in a coherent order to match up with a greater plan. 

You need to know this before you can do that. Scaffolding!


Student- Centered

Whether it’s learning, assessment, or instruction, everybody now wants to know if it is “student centered.”  Think about it like this, when you came up with your lesson plan – is it what YOU wanted to learn/ do? Or is what you thought YOUR STUDENTS might want to learn/ do? (Meeting the standards of the curriculum of course.)

Our student’s cultures, backgrounds, and identities really make up who they are – so it is important to consider them (maybe even put them at the center) when we develop our strategies for teaching.


Wrap-around (services)

Usually for those students who need all the extra loving – wrap around just means that the services provided will hit all of their needs as a person/ student/ community member/ etc…

in other words, you provide education, emotional support, abuse services, extra curricular activities, social services, and so forth…