“Students achieving Oneness will move on to Twoness.” ~ Woody Allen (1935 – )

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This sounds like a lesson plan. We use big words. We use action verbs. I can’t write “students will review division” or at least that’s viewed as substandard. Students need to be actively involved! If I write “students will derive an algorithm for dividing integers” that’s apt to go over much better with administration.

My lesson plans are artful examples of polysyllabic overkill, filled with action verbs. My students infer, derive, adjudicate, authenticate, reconcile, substantiate, contextualize, ratiocinate, synthesize, poeticize and even posterize.

Eduhonesty: Students never just review or learn. That’s part of the reason for these 5 page lesson plans. I’m not sure if we are building student’s vocabularies but we are certainly adding words to our teacher’s “internal lexicons.” Sometimes I wish I could just write “students will review division”, though — since that happens to be what we are doing.