We have to credit the virus for facilitating an increase in tech-literacy among boomers (remember what that means?). The expertise of technology opens up a wide range of possibilities and helps one access information, events, and platforms that were closed to them to date. Teachers are one of the biggest communities who had to upskill themselves so as to be able to teach in the online classroom effectively. While you might already have gained expertise in the nitty-gritty of Google Meet and Zoom, we are inclined to think that this is also a good opportunity to jazz up your vocabulary a little. So here are 5 slang words that you can use in your online classroom. They will save you time and might also help you earn a few “cool teacher” points!

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AFK:

AFK is an acronym for Away From Keyboard. It is used to indicate that you won’t be available on your system for some time. You can use it during a class or outside of class hours when a curious student or parent comes to you with doubts. AFK can also be used to inform your colleagues and students that you won’t be available for a few hours.

Use it in a Sentence:

Hi, I’m AFK right now. Be back in an hour.

AFK. I’m at the bank.

I’ll talk to you in the afternoon. AFK for the first half of the day.

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AMA:

AMA is an invitation for questions. It stands for Ask Me Anything. You can use this in an interactive classroom when you want your students to ask questions and have doubts. The slang word is usually used when people open themselves up for personal questions, but it’ll work just as well in a classroom too.

Use it in a Sentence:

If you have any questions, this is the time. AMA.

That brings us to the end of this chapter. AMA.

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Q4U:

While AMA was meant to invite questions, Q4U is meant for the opposite- to ask questions. It stands for Question for you, and you can find plenty of use for it in a classroom.

Use it in a Sentence:

Class, I have a Q4U. Why is reading important?

Here is a Q4U to think about over the weekend. What are the advantages and disadvantages of online learning?

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CEO:

CEO is a more cool and breezy slang word. It refers to someone who is very good or the best at something. You might not be the CEO of a company, but you definitely are the CEO of teaching! If one of your children puts up a great performance, this is the word to use!

Use it in a Sentence:

Wow, great performance Priya! You are the CEO of history!

10/10 Vivek. CEO performance as always!

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Big Yikes:

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone does embarrassing things. So do teachers. Admitting to your error is always better than covering it up. This slang word will help you do that in a laid-back way. Just say big yikes and your students will laugh your mistake away.

Use it in a Sentence:

Ohh, that’s a calculation mistake on my part, big yikes!

My bad. Big Yikes!

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