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My mom works at a newspaper.
My dad runs a lumberyard.
My brother is a banker and his wife works in insurance.
My other brother sells tractors while his wife is a nurse.
My husband owns a painting company.
I could go on, but you can see that I spend a lot of time with people who are not in art education. There are times when I am talking about work and they will stare at me as if I am speaking in a foreign language. It seems our educational jargon isn’t easily understood by everyone. So, I wrote out a quick rundown of a few education abbreviations, because, as you know, sometimes it’s even hard for teachers to remember them all! What would YOU add to this list? There are definitely more possibilities for each letter!
AP – Advanced Placement
BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan
CC – Creative Commons
DOK – Depth of Knowledge
ELL – English Language Learner
FSP – Family Support Plan
GPA – Grade Point Average
HI – Hearing Impaired
IEP – Individualized Education Plan
JK – Just Kidding (What you would love to hear after your art class gets rescheduled, yet again.)
K-12 – Kindergarten through 12th Grade
LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
MFA – Master of Fine Arts
NAEA – National Art Education Association
OHI- Other Health Impairment
PLC – Professional Learning Community
QTD – Quarter To Date
RTI – Response To Intervention
STEAM –Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics
TAB – Teaching for Artistic Behavior
UNV – Unverified
VI – Vision Impaired
WIKI – What I Know Is
XL – Extra Large
YMITF – You made it this far (Middle school students can make anything into text talk.)
Z – Zzzzzzzzz (AKA What you do not want your students doing.)
I know there are a lot that I missed and I would love to see what you have to add!
What is your favorite educational acronym or abbreviation?
Which are the ones you have a hard time remembering?
Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.