What would your word cloud tell you?

Caught this article this morning It talks about student led discussions. It also reminded me of the great quote, “Whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning.”

Hard to hear, but Tip #1 is, “Stop talking so much and make time for inquiry.” This also reminds me of another quote, “Is talking teaching, is listening learning?”

Kind of amazing how many tangents a challenging article will create.

Kids getting ready to do the talking.

Speaking of tangents. I recently did a word cloud of 3 of my favorite blogposts. Ten Tips for New Teachers, Ten Tips for Principals, and Top Ten Learning Quotes. Here are the results. Lots of words about teachers, kids, students, principal, classroom, learning, and for some reason, the word ‘always’. I don’t think of myself as an ‘always’ kind of guy. In fact, I always bristle when I hear someone refer to something has always been a certain way in our district. Our district has been around for over a hundred years. Something has always been? I have the same reaction to the word ‘never’. We’ve never done this? Really?

I digress.

The odd word cloud result of ‘always’, got me thinking about a verbal word cloud over the course of a typical day in the life of an educator.

What would our top ten dominant words be? Would they match up with what we would hope or want them to be?

It would be great if my word cloud was: love, patience, grace, caring, dedication, kids, students, teachers, families, hope, and so on.

I am curious to know what it would actually show. I would be willing to bet I wouldn’t be super proud of what it showed. Need to think about that some more.

Author: Jnelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 39 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 8 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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