I like the word teach. Teaching is about supporting the development of other human beings no matter their age.
I don’t like the word present or presentation—although I know they have their place—because they often casts potential learners as an audience, among other reasons. I like the word profess even less, for obvious reasons.
I like the words learn and educate for the reasons I like the word teach.
I don’t like the word train, although I do understand that it is the appropriate process when skill development is the primary objective.
I particularly don’t like the word training when paired with the word teacher, as in “teacher training.” While some classroom management and instructional skills require training, the complex, nuanced interpersonal process of teaching benefits from the development of higher-order cognitive skills that inform professional judgment.
I like the word conversation. It can include interactions as diverse as dialogue and negotiations.
I don’t like the word argue. A definition of arguing that I often use is, “Two senders and no receivers.”
I like the word intention and a related term, create. They bring into the world that which otherwise would not exist and enable a sense of efficacy. I do not like the word compliance because it destroys intention, creation, and efficacy.
I like the paired words of community and individual. Community because together we can accomplish things we can’t alone and because communities help temper the excesses of individualism. Individual because it is recognizes the talents and perspectives of all community members and the mutual respect that communities require to be fully functioning.
Please comment: What terms do you like and dislike, and why?