I ran across I’m just saying.. on the Pain in the English blog as I was searching for the origin of another phrase. The comments about the origin of “I’m just saying…” which follow the post are interesting to read. My favorite comment is, “‘All I’m saying’ is a tool of the shit stirrer.” And all I’m saying is we’ve got a lot of those in this industry. We kick around, make up, and debate (perhaps not vehemently enough) phrases in the edusphere all the time. Some just stir but we’re all the better for it I guess (whatever that means).
What’s in a word or phrase? For me the answer to that was my greatest takeaway from a course I took last semester on learning theory. How careless I’ve been with words – philosophy vs. theory, learning theory vs. instructional theory vs. instructional strategy, and the word “outcome” which, I may not use again.
What is learning? What is Web 2.0? What words do we use to define each? What does it matter if we’re careless?