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.