Wednesday, 24 September 2008

BSA

Most people at some point come across BSAs: Bloody Stupid Abbreviations. Teaching is littered and shittered with them. More inventive departments or authors like to make WOOLs: Words Out Of Letters. And my new department excels in this pointless and infuriating sport. At our first department meeting I thought they were taking the piss. We don't just have random WOOLs, but WOOLs on a theme: a zoo of these critters... TIGERs and LIONs and BEARs. Then there are the WALTs and WILFs. WALT stands for something like "We all learn today" or some other simpleton phrase that sounds like it was strung together by an EAL (English as an additional language) pupil. WILF is "What I'm looking for". (I wish I knew.)

And I really, really wanted to add to this particular strand of acronyms "We All Now Know".

But instead I'll just keep RTFM and look forward to next week's Parents' Evening where I can check out the MILFs and FILFs. FFS.

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3 comments:

Tenon_Saw said...

I came across one at my last school - ODD. This is Oppositional Defiant Disorder. So "this kid is odd" could go the conversation, "Yeah, he can't do as he's bl**dy told". Google it, you'll soon find a page about it.

MissBHave said...

I am becoming increasingly familiar with the concept of BSAs. I applied through UCAS for a PGSE in order to acquire QTS and become an NQT. During my course I study EPS (Educational and Professional Studies) and we concentrate on ECM (Every Child Matters). I'm sure I'll have a string of them as time goes on :)

Anonymous said...

I am a TWAT - Teacher Without Acronym Training.