It's interesting to me how a word can define a class. The longer I teach, the more excited and quickly I can cover a concept. However, this pace does not necessarily fit well with my students, so we have a code word:  Traxoline (thanks to Judy Lanier). Traxoline has taken the place of many student quotes:  "I have no idea what you're saying!" or "Can you please start the lecture over?" or "Slow down,now!", etc. It gives voice to students who may not even know where to begin. Now, they simply say "Traxoline" and this gives us a place to start. I wondered how this would work in my new teaching world - community college. Yesterday we were discussing concentrations and the units that accompany them and a student declared, "Traxoline!" Everyone smiled, some acknowledging they were in the same place, and we stepped back and worked our way forward again to molarity. This is not the first time we have been "Traxolined" this semester. I'd say it works well in community college. Do you have a special language, or code words for your classroom? Have they worked in a variety of settings? Share them with us!

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Ridvan Elmas | Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:37

Thank you very much Sarah, I really like the idea of using a code word.