As the debate about the merits of the Common Core rages across the country, it’s apparent that educational standards and what comprises a “well-rounded education” are very much in flux.

Students are learning new concepts that weren’t expected 5 years ago. Teachers must continuously update their lesson plans to add the latest mandates to their curricula. School districts are being pushed for better results on decreasing budgets.

And while we should try to improve education, maybe the first facet we should revisit is the way we talk about concepts in the classroom, down to the very last punctuation mark.

The true measure of successful education comes from building a student’s understanding. You can throw a million ideas around, but if none of them stick or they’re misunderstood, the lesson is lost.

So, as teachers and educators, one thing we can do is measure our words and how we communicate in the classroom.

This 2–minute video does a fantastic job of illustrating the power of simple words and how they dictate the success (or failure) of an idea.

So, the next time you step in front of your class ask yourself, “Is there a way I can simplify this idea for my kids?”

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