July 24, 2008

"Professional Development"

Or, another huge waste of time and money.

I spent ten hours in "professional development" this week. It was intended to inform us of the new Math textbook adoption. I teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. I won't say I don't teach math at all, but I certainly don't get math textbooks or need TEN HOURS of people telling me that "graphic organizers are a good idea" or giving me some math manipulatives to play with. I learned about math manipulatives in college! They really were talking to us like we'd never taught math before in our lives and the ENTIRE thing could have been easily cut to five hours (or less).

Every teacher in our large system had to do this training whether they get the textbooks or not. My wife teaches at a school that uses a completely different program and she still has to go. How much time and money do they have? If I hear about spending cuts this year, I'm going to go nuts...

7 comments:

doug0077 said...

Ninja,

Did you have wireless access so at least you could still be productive? Or Twitter? Or watch YouTube?

My sympathies...

Doug

Kathy said...

great thing - media specialists did not have to go - we have our own training, but the county media office does a pretty good job of making our professional development worthwhile! I heard the social studies training was also pretty lame!

Teacherninja said...

Doug,

No laptop. But I did pull a book off the shelf and read. I was surprised to find Thomas Paine's Rights of Man and Common Sense right there in the elementary media center. Nice hardbound Everyman edition!

Teacherninja said...

Thanks, Kathy. Looking forward to the more productive and relevant media development!

Harrell Elizabeth said...

Typical of most teacher development! I am going into my 36th year as an
educator, and this is an ongoing litany of educators. I'm in FL. and it is the same. Bummer! Ninee

Nancy said...

I feel your pain.

I was just reading a really interesting article in the July 21 New Yorker about Anne Carroll Moore, the first children's librarian, and E.B. White, and the development of children's literature. I thought of you. Check it out if you haven't already.

Teacherninja said...

harrell elizbeth, thanks. Nancy, I have it, but haven't read it yet. Thanks for thinking of me!