At least watching paint dry would be quiet and relaxing
So we had some staff development time scheduled. We could use some that would accomplish something.
The problem was that this staff development was supposed to be about analyzing standardized testing data. That certainly is something that has become vital in this day and age, yessir.
Except for one small problem.
We don't got no stinkin' data.
Ever since NCLB, nobody gives a hangnail about social studies, and we haven't been tested through state assessment in ages.
But, okay, it's still fine, we could still learn some things that maybe someday could be useful.
But we got to listen to a gentleman who had been flown hundreds of miles in to be our consultant talk on and on and on and on. It took him seven and a half hours to talk about something that we completely grasped in 20 minutes.
For. The. Love. Of. Mike.
This was a 90% waste of money, and a 95% waste of time.
Here are some ideas that could be useful:
Violence prevention. Morale and team building-- we sorely need it after a rough six months in which the staff pulled together after tragedies and valiantly gave freely of their own time to re-establish our community's sense of equilibrium. Or perhaps strategies to improve student fluency and especially vocabulary in the content areas. More training for teachers with co-teachers-- PLEASE! More training on our idiotic gradebook program.
And that's just for starters.
If you don't feed the teachers, they'll eat the students. Well not really, but they certainly will get surly or exhausted.
We teachers live under the tyranny of the clock in a way that apparently our administrators have forgotten. Each moment is precious. Please don't waste our time.
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