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Understanding Educational Jargon
© Beverley Paine
I wrote the following several years ago about how understanding educational jargon, and how I found it helpful for building my confidence as a home educator.
"Yesterday I read part of the Level 1 Victorian Essential Learning Standards, a .pdf document that I had downloaded some time ago. I've always made a point of reading school curricula: it helps to know what schools are thinking about how learning happens. I'm not overly impressed by this document, but I was heartened to see the glossary.
If you come across a word in a teacher's manual, article or curriculum framework that you don't understand and can't work it out from the context look it up in a dictionary. A thesaurus might help too. Once we become familiar with the meaning of jargon we remove its power to dent our confidence as educating parents.
She also has a Practical Homeschooling Series booklet on the subject, called Translating Everyday Language into Educational Jargon.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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