In my talk, I argue how the use of buzzwords and other education jargon prevents us from truly engaging in meaningful discussions around teaching and learning. Sometimes our best thinking happens when we keep the conversation real. Why do we feel the need to change our dialogue when our audience changes? Formal settings such as faculty meetings, staff development or even interviews becomes a breeding ground for buzzwords which often keep the discussion superficial and takes us away from the heart of deeply reflecting on our important work.
Amanda Aiello has always had a natural curiosity for learning and a passion for teaching.
She realized quickly that fulfilling her purpose would set her on the path of education and discovered that one of the best parts of teaching was not only witnessing someone learn something new, but also in the moments of connecting with others.
Amanda feels very fortunate to work in North Rockland Central School District in Rockland County, NY.
She began her career as an elementary teacher before becoming a reading teacher. She transitioned to the instructional data specialist and reading department coordinator roles after much deliberation over the question: Am I ready to leave the classroom?
Amanda continues to have a strong commitment to personal and professional growth rooted in gratitude and optimism while working to make schools a great place for kids. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx