I'm not sure who invented the all day meeting as a way to help teachers develop professionally, but I'm pretty sure that after 35 minutes I had checked out for the day. Here's a rundown for all you non-teaching types...School administrators take turns talking about what a great job we're doing as a district, thus justifying their own jobs. Union prez shows a silly video he taped this summer showing us how much our community supports us. Everyone gets a water bottle from one of our sponsors...wait!...we have corporate sponsors? Where are they when we need supplies for our classrooms? Break for lunch. Return to building where we are subjected to 5 more hours of this stuff...What color is your personality? Team-building. Review of our final school improvement plan from the end of last year (that we talked about at our last staff meeting of last school year). Explain the new curriculum that all students will be required to have 3 years of instruction in so we can justify the creation of new positions when our budget has been cut drastically.
Tomorrow, I get to have meeting time with my team and content area colleagues. 1 hour each. Wouldn't it have made more sense spending all day today working with those individuals.