Friday, August 14, 2015

Inservice - a reason to retire early

In Texas we have a band director's Yellow board where directors write in and ask questions or make comments.  I say "we" but I have nothing to do with it.  Some director runs it.  He seems to be very level headed and  runs a tight ship.  I enjoy reading the Yellow Board daily, sometimes adding comments to other questions.
My daughter Laura re-enters the teaching world this year.  On Monday she has inservice training. Training is required by the State and local people.  New concepts are introduced - teachers get to meet each other - bosses (not all) get to show their muscles so you won't make waves during the year.  All in all, I have NEVER been to an inservice that amounted to anything good.
Some band director posted this comment on the Yellow Board.  I loved the thoughts.  I certainly hope the Yellow Board is not copy writed and  I am breaking any laws by posting this.    His website is listed below.  Go visit it and buy something off their advertisers.
She starts Monday. I told her to sit with the band directors on Monday - it might help the day go better. 

    worst inservice
    Posted by bored in Texas on 8/13/2015, 2:46 pm
    I am sitting through 6 hours of being lectured about testing data....what is the worst inservice you've had to endure??

      Posted by GD on 8/13/2015, 9:16 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      Around 1990, TEA sent a video to all the schools concerning the teacher appraisal system. It was probably 2 hours of a talking head..."now, let's look at indicator 4.12."

        Posted by texasoverseas on 8/14/2015, 5:28 am, in reply to "Re: worst inservice "
        Was that the guy sitting in an easy chair wearing pink socks?

        Posted by Lol on 8/13/2015, 5:49 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
        My Inservice is fun. We had to lip sync songs in groups and our principal did one to Seussical.
      Posted by How about these... on 8/13/2015, 4:50 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      First year of teaching: Eight hours of training on a Saturday about teaching bilingual math. There were over 20 teachers; only one taught math.

      Years later, I'm with about 100 teachers at an inservice about using computers to teach English and math. Presenter says, "So, how many of you teach English or math?" No one. Not a single soul.

      Finally, there's coming to school on a work day to discover that you will spend all day learning about Coaching. That happened three times, and it was the same material each time.

        Posted by I think... on 8/13/2015, 5:09 pm, in reply to "Re: worst inservice "
        ....we have a winner here!

      Posted by Director 3:16 on 8/13/2015, 4:50 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      Any inservice that I'm forced to sit through, and is completely irrelevant to the band world. For example, this is one that always catches me about every other year. The district brings in an "expert" who talks ad nauseum about classroom strategies. As the rest of the faculty are salivating over how amazing the guy sounds, I raise my hand, and ask them, "How would this need to be modified so it could be implemented in a performance ensemble setting, such as marching band, or string orchestra?" After about 30 seconds of uncomfortable silence, they would say, "I dunno, I don't have a clue."

      I think to myself, "The 'expert' doesn't know how to work in an unstructured classroom setting? Thank you for wasting my day."

        posted by lol on 8/13/2015, 7:49 pm, in reply to "Re: worst inservice "
        My principal would say "Well we are buying into this as a campus since we want vertical alignment" and then force us to use writing prompts as exit tickets to our class...

          Posted by Director 3:16 on 8/13/2015, 9:56 pm, in reply to "Re: worst inservice "
          That's when I'd say, "Vertical alignment? I'm the ONLY music teacher in the district! Yeah, buying into it as a campus...until next year when we buy into whatever the next schmuck is pedaling."

          Obviously, I would not recommend saying this out loud unless you have some serious stroke in the district.

      Posted by Good one... on 8/13/2015, 3:39 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      We have Scott Lang coming tomorrow for ours... I am actually looking forward to this inservice.

      Posted by Hank Scorpio on 8/13/2015, 3:06 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      My first year teaching the Superintendent read us a children's book in its entirety.
      posted by Hmmm on 8/13/2015, 3:04 pm, in reply to "worst inservice "
      This is a hard one to choose:

      Bert Simmons Rep that insulted teachers and resulted in teacher arguing with them and getting reprimanded... that one was interesting.

      I consider everything with John Samara to be right up there... That may count for worse, not sure.

      Umm... Then you have Kagan Structures...

      Of course Marzano's is always an enjoyable one...

      I think I've only ever had one day, maybe, of this crap that I didn't bash my head against the table. Not looking forward to starting these meetings! Very little, if anything pertains to band without doing a lot of BS'ing to make it work. Thank God I have a principal who leaves me alone!

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