Endured another mindless inservice yesterday afternoon. The agenda? We were "tasked" (their word, not mine) to congregate in a basement computer lab for 50 minutes to learn about the newest bells and whistles offered by a site that our school district spent millions to acquire, but which doesn't give us more than a plug nickel of satisfaction on any given day.
The plan seemed inane, but since less than an hour's time was involved, I figured I could catch up with my e-mail if things got slow.
And, yes, they did. Get slow. As molasses frozen to the rump of a hippopotamus in the Arctic Circle.
OK, I've never heard that analogy before either, but you might possibly get my drift if I explain one more quick problema: The class was "taught" by a woman whose job it is to inform us of cutting-edge technological advances in the field of education.
Except she's really a former profesora de Español, who, I'm pretty sure, got out of the teaching biz because a) she was tired of the rug-rats; b) she wanted to make more dinero and/or c) no one was going to challenge her on her technological expertise because those in Central Administration aren't that tech-savvy, either.
I'd love to suffer through a tech-prep inservice just once in my career where I actually learn something.
This is how my afternoon went yesterday: First, the software didn't work. Then it did, but our teacher was going way too fast for the clientle. And she kept using complicated techie buzzwords like "this thingy" and "that doo-hickey." And on more than one occasion, she called the computer ~ or perhaps the software program, I'm not sure ~ an "idiot."
But her SmartBoard (they go for about $1,500 a pop, and Our Humble High School is equipped with dozens, but I haven't received a raise in two years) was pretty darn nifty. Bells and whistles will wow 'em every time, correctamundo?
The older teachers among us kept saying, "What? WHAT?" For my part, I looked up and smiled occasionally, and kept plugging away at my e-mail.
In her defense, our "teacher" only had a quick sec, in tech terms, to impart crucially important knowledge.
To coin another comparison, the session left me feeling more than a tad like Sisyphus, the king in Greek mythology who was condemned to roll the gigantic boulder uphill, only to have it roll back down the hill. Over and over and over again.
So much for "teacher training." And yes, I know The Scholastic Scribe is a family site, but the above graphic seemed oh so appropos, somehow.