Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What Teachers Do During Inservice (Slice 13/31)



A couple of weeks ago, my creative writing journal was "List 10 things you think teachers do when there are no students in school."  Most of them got pretty creative.

The first category seemed to be "Playing on the Computer."  Quite a few thought we unblocked Facebook so we could chat with each other and stalk students. And texting--we have to text each other don't we? I mean, our rooms are soooo far apart.  And, of course, we must be playing with photo booth like they do and take crazy pictures of ourselves. And how about YouTube videos? Surely we must watch a lot of those.

The next category fell under "Fun and Games". As we blast "I'm Sexy and I Know It" over the speaker system, we roller blade through the halls or have races in our "rolly" chairs.  And there always Dance Party while we have a wine tasting.  We also take off our shoes and run through the halls and play Wii Bowling on the SmartBoards.

There are a few of us who actually do "School Work" when students are out of the building.  We study the latest torture techniques, how to make our classes as boring as possible and when all is said and done, we kill a few trees in preparation for the next day.

Hmmm. Well, with inservice tomorrow, I'll have to WD40 the wheels on my chair, oil my whip for torture training and practice my bowling. I think I'll save the wine tasting for after school!

25 comments:

  1. Seriously...print this out...and put it on the the table in the lounge. HYSTERICAL!

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  2. Well, like all the other times I've said it, I want to come work at your school!!!!! You've never let on that this goes on too, along with that part about getting the right books into the right students' hands, or staying late to talk to a student who needs to talk, or staying all weekend with the speech kids to give them support. I like these other things, but what you spoke of today--awesome!

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  3. GOOD STUFF! Thanks for making me laugh!

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  4. This is so funny. I love the humor and lighheartedness of this piece. Thanks for another great "teacher" story.

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  5. I agree with Mrs. Schwade. You MUST print this out for the teachers' lounge!

    BTW: On the final day of school one year (right after the students were dismissed and before we started the in-service) I engaged in an office chair race down a long hallway with one of my colleagues. (I felt the need to admit this to you.)

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    1. At the junior high in my town there are ramps from the cafeteria to the junior high hallway. Teachers have been known to ride their "Rolly" chairs down them after conferences

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  6. This is great! We have an inservice on Friday. I will have to try this prompt tomorrow. Kids are so funny. It reminds me of the show back in the 60's Art Linkletter, "Kids say the Darndest Things." Thanks for the chuckle.

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  7. hahaha, what a great writing exercise! I bet your students had such fun with it. My favorite is the "playing on the computer" part -- how they assume you MUST do all the things they do for fun! The rolly chair races sound pretty fun, actually! :-)

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  8. This made me laugh so hard!!! Great post!

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  9. Oh this is so funny, Deb! Your students are very creative indeed.

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  10. So so so funny. I think I'll have my kids write about this.

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  11. Get out the WD40! Creative kiddos!

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  12. Oh yeah, that is my kind of inservice day! Although I'll have to pass on the roller blading. I would totally break my neck. :)

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  13. I didn't know Smartboards could do the Wii. Cool! Your kids have great imaginations. You had to be laughing all the way through reading these papers.

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    1. I'm not sure they can, but the kids thought it was a good idea

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  14. Oh my gosh, this is hysterical! It's amazing what they think we do when they have left the building. Thanks for making me chuckle!

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  15. Really, this just made me laugh. Actually I'm wondering why I didn't think about doing half of the things your students thought teachers do. After all, rollerblading through the halls sounds like so much fun! Inservice would never be the same. The images your post put in my mind. I think your students would be very disappointed to see the way the day really goes.

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  16. This is so funny! In my building, each spring my teachers hold a "Wheeled Chair Race" through the halls--costumes required! It's good to lighten the mood from time to time. We haven't taken on wine tasting, though!

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  17. It is amazing to hear their perceptions. That must have been a fun discussion, hilarious.

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  18. Someday we are going to sit in the same room together and I'm pretty sure my stomach is going to hurt from all of the laughing. I absolutely love your sense of humor. That last paragraph is perfect.
    Ruth

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  19. Love their thinking! So funny! I do hope you share with your colleagues - because everyone needs a good laugh! Hmmmm....I wonder what my students would say . . .

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  20. Ha! I am so asking my kids this question...hilarious, Deb! :)

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  21. Your post reminded me of a comic I once did after sitting in a boring PD session, and seeing some students walk by the window.
    :)
    http://sites.google.com/site/booleansquared/Home/professional-development-part-one
    (We weren't blasting music, unfortunately)
    Kevin

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    1. I liked it! Printed it off to share with my PLC group today. We often feel like this!

      Deb

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