High School Edubabble: A Teacher-Talk Glossary

“Every page will elicit a chuckle or two, if not outright laughter. Woolman gives us a touch of education reality through the vehicle of humour.”
Roy Londry – High School Teacher.

“A charming and funny introduction to the world inhabited by students, teachers, and administrators. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Nancy Cox – High School Teacher.

“A fun read and a good laugh — a satirical and humorous look at the terms and phrases used by educators that leave people scratching their bewildered heads!"
Dave White – High School Principal

It’s All About:

Relentless Jargon, a Quirky System, and a Goldmine for Satire

The seemingly unending tsunami of fluffy education sloganeering prompts this follow-up glossary, specifically geared to high school. Descriptions of Action Research, Capstone Learning, Experiential Learning, Meta-Cognition, and Oracy, among others, are examples of jargon that are ripe for satire.


High School as a Unique Workplace / Teens as Strange Schoolmates

There is no profession like teaching and no workplace like a high school, filled with the angst, passion, and zany antics of adolescents. The descriptions of the idiosyncrasies and foibles of students, teachers, principals, and parents form a significant portion of the glossary. A few examples of such entries are Drones, First Day Fashion, Grad Hug, Juul, Plagiarism, Restroom Graffiti, and Vacation Servant.


Technology and Teaching

It would be ridiculous for a satirical work such as this to not contain a thread pertaining to the impact of technology on teachers and students. Unlike previous generations, today’s teachers face tech-addled youth who are drowning in a churning sea of information, much of it of dubious quality. Humour is found in descriptions of Digital Citizenship, Fortnite, Monks of the Digital Age, Screen Addicts, and Virtual Field Trip.


The Decline of Ethical Standards - The Need for Humour

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. It is difficult for teachers to maintain standards of truth-telling, respectful discourse, and the use of facts over bluster in their students when such behavior appears to be absent from many societal leaders. There are several listings that make comment on this dichotomy between behavior expected and that witnessed. Anti-Educators, Ethical Standards, Journalism, Talking Heads, and Weapons of Mass Distortion are examples.


Any educator, current or retired, needs a chuckle, a smile, perhaps even a guffaw or two. A teaching career is a wonderful yet challenging expedition that is full of adventure. Hopefully a little High School Edubabble humour can help navigate the difficult terrain and make the journey that is teaching in high schools all the more enjoyable.

High School Edubabble: A Teacher-Talk Glossary, is available from the following online distributors:

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