The other day I noticed two staff members laughing at something on their computer screen. Having the distinct feeling that I was the possible source of their amusement, I peeked at what they were reading.

My minutes from the last Instructional Leadership Team had three different acronyms…within the first agenda item. Yikes! In my effort to keep my notes brief, I almost made my minutes unreadable by anyone not current on the present day buzz words. In fact, I didn't even know what DOK (Depths of Knowledge) was until another administrator sent me a packet of information about it this week.

No wonder teachers and administrators feel like their heads are swimming lately. I can hardly keep all of these initiatives straight. With the current climate in education, I need to try to inject some humor when my staff gets together, as well as let them know that I am treading water sometimes, too. I think this video could be used to start our next meeting on a lighter note and poke some fun at all of these acronyms.



Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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