In the field of education we talk constantly about the content vocabulary that students need to learn. The best new content-specific vocabulary words that I heard this week are from my husband, who is an avid bicyclist.
New word #1: Ninja- a bicyclist who wears dark clothes and rides at night with no lights.
New word #2: Salmoning- a bicyclist who rides the wrong way on a one-way street or bike lane.
My husband was complaining about how dangerous both of these practices are…especially done at the same time. With my newly learned vocabulary, I can say, “Don’t be a salmoning ninja!”
As I try to learn bicycle vocabulary, my husband tries to learn education-specific vocabulary. Lately I’ve been talking about SLOs (student learning outcomes), the measurable goals that we are going to monitor as part of our new teacher evaluation program. (I call them SOLs because those of us who teach the “low” students are going to be _____ outta luck.)
Come to think of it, when dealing with SLOs, I bet a lot of teachers feel like a salmoning ninja- swimming upstream with no one able to see them struggle. Hmmm….