Staff Development

If you are a teacher, how well do YOU like staff development days?  We just finished two days of them,  back to back.  That was Monday and Tuesday this week, then half the staff had to do a “before school meeting” on Wednesday about some of the same stuff we just spent two days on…….

Most of the in-service was on Educational Epiphany with Donyall Dickey (third, fourth and fifth have done this program for over a year now) and we are adding  The Daily Five/Cafe this year.    They want us to do both of these programs at our school.  Integrating these two will be interesting because they both use scheduling of time as part of their frameworks, and the times don’t match. You can interpret that as they really might not be very compatible……  Plus we carved 50 minutes out of our reading block this year for Voyager interventions which just makes it all the more fun and interesting.  I suggested to one of the lit. specialists the other day that at some point when they add a program, they should give some thought to dropping one……..(although last year as part of our frantic attempts to reach Adequate Yearly Progress in No Child Left Behind, we were told that our “new intervention” would be Reading Mastery, and it only lasted for one year, so technically they could say they have dropped something….  we never really did do it though, at least in kindergarten, because they didn’t purchase enough materials).

Anyone out there “love” staff development?

Personally I’d rather be teaching my kids,   or getting a root canal………

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4 thoughts on “Staff Development

  1. I have a master’s degree in administration. I taught pre-k children in Sunday School, private daycare, church daycare, and in my own home for a total of about twenty years experience before I went back to school and got my degree. I’ve been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. I’ve taught public school for twelve years in four schools and NOT ONE PERSON, admin or teacher, has ever asked my opinion of a program or sought my advice about the best way to teach anything. We are all about the magic solution to our education problems, and it is always someone else’s “program”. We are supposed to be professionals and yet someone is always telling us how to do our job.

  2. OMG, I just spent THREE DAYS out of my classroom at “professional development” while a college education major practicum student taught my class. It was HORRIBLE! What we covered in the three days meetings could have been condensed to 1/10 the time, my class was out of control, next week is a full week of literacy assessment for which the kids are now totally not prepared…. I could go on and on. I feel your pain! The irony is that we are in the first year of program improvement, are trying desperately to make AYP this year, and so what do they do? Take the teacher OUT of the classroom – yet research shows that the most important element in raising student achievement is an effective teacher. Grrrrr!

  3. I just clicked on the “Educational Epiphany” link you’ve got in your post. On the main page there’s a banner with a rotating slide show of photos, mostly of photogenic models impersonating real kids and teachers.

    One of those photos shows a bunch of kids bolting down the halls, out of the classroom. That photo says it all. It’s how our souls feel at the end of an inservice day: delighted to leave.

    Trouble is, our bodies are so exhausted we have to drag our sorry selves out of the usually windowless holding rooms.

  4. I was just browsing through your blog and I wanted to let you know that I think that you are awesome! I can’t believe you handle 32 kids in all day Kindergarten, you are amazing! I think now that I have a child in Kindergarten I really appreciate all that you do.

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