Let’s be honest, there are many times that I listen to my business friends talk and the casual conversation seems so full of jargon and unknown words that I easily find myself dozing off. To my friends, this conversation makes complete sense and they actually think they are “dumbing down” the language for me. However, it doesn’t matter how many times I hear about sub-prime mortgages or adjustable rates or amortization…I won’t get it.
I often think the same is true with my students. That I use language that I think is clear, but, ultimately, it sounds like Spanish to them. Specifically, thesis statements. There are many times in which I use words that are apt, like “complex” and “insightful,” but, to my students, I might as well be saying “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The words are synonymous to my students. Read more