Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

It's come to this.

We were herded ~ yes, like the proverbial sheep ~ into an insipid inservice session the other day. One interminable department meeting in the morning, and a gang bang later that afternoon, with 200 or so teachers, administrators, et al, plunking away at laptops in a stuffy lecture hall and trying valiantly to appear semi-interested while an overpaid "education consultant" droned on and on and on and on over a PowerPoint from Hell.

All in the name of Professional Development. And I ask you ~ is there any other kind?

The topic du jour? Building a more "collaborative culture" at our school. We were told to "define success," and to "go for it." We were asked if we were conflicted in our resolutions; or perhaps about conflict resolution. I'm not quite sure.

We allegedly learned how to "believe in one another."

Trust falls came to mind. Remember the scene in the gym from "Mean Girls"?

"I wish that I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and we'd all eat it and be happy."

"Do you even go to this school?"

"No. I just have a lot of feelings."

And you're quite correct if you remember that I haven't received a raise in two years. I think it's all gone to Sister Mary Sunshine, who helped me get in touch with my feelings. Thanks so much for that.


Jeanie said...

Your frustration comes through loud and clear. Somehow I think the answer lies somewhere far beyond "professional development".
Oh, and I also think you are quite in touch with your feelings already, whatever "Miss Sunshine" might think.

Luna Miranda said...

i love this photo. your "dark" feelings is a perfect match to this photo.

Dhemz said...

wow! very interesting shot....:) thanks for sharing.

Hope you can take a peek at my SkyWatch Friday entry as well. Thanks!

Susie said...

What a waste of time!!

Have you heard what is going on in Wisconsin? Madison is out for the third day in a row and Milwaukee is closed today because the teachers walked about before Walker takes away their retirement and health care.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

An eerie and mysterious photo. Too bad your professional development wasn't at least, oh, mysterious!


Chicken Little thinks the sky
Will be falling bye and bye,
Crashing to the ground like sand
Scattered over sea and land.

What do silly chickens know?
Who told Chicken Little so?
She should get the story straight:
Sky’s not falling, it’ll wait!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sundown Sentinel

Krystal said...

oh "professional development". but your picture is cool :)

Nance said...

Oh, sigh. Did they at least feed you or provide coffee? My deepest sympathies, dear. Been there, done that, more of it still to come. Did you all contribute ideas that were then written on bigass chart paper that then disappeared in The Black Hole Of Administrative Pointlessness? Ahhh...memories.

Sarah said...

Since the governor of Wisconsin is not budging, I suppose a strike is not in order there?

Mrs4444 said...

yes, but you get paid SO much that you can afford to go without one for years and years, right? [shakes head]

I actually don't mind our inservices--They've been great the past year or two. For example, for ours on Thursday, we could choose three different sessions to attend, and there was a lot to choose from, but I only remember the one I taught (tech tools for increasing independence in the inclusive classroom), plus Jaycut how-to, Google Docs, and Spec Ed apps. There's something for everyone. Maybe you could put in a word for something like this?

miss jo said...

YIKES ! No raise in two years and they still make you listen to the overpaid babble ? Sounds like Ms. Sunshine needs a little more focus....Charlie Sheen could probably have done a better job :).


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