I’ve heard a lot about bad Professional Developments lately. I mean a lot. I’ve had friends coming out saying they learned nothing, that it was a waste of time and even that they had both suicidal and homicidal thoughts. Here is a rant from my bff (first spoken of here) (my thoughts to follow.)
Haha the rant I was planning on posting?6:14 PM Like the whole thing?6:17 PM Attention all educators! Listen up.We don’t live in a perfect, wonderful dreamland. We live in a grimy, bleak reality. We do not have brilliant, self-motivated students. We have lazy asses who want to be spoon fed shortcuts, and who’d rather amputate a limb than sit in class. We do not have infinite time to implement amazing programs. We have (approx.) 50 min. a day to drink from the fire hose that is district programs and “quick fixes.” Standardized assessments aren’t perfect tests that mirror exactly how you teach.
Get the hell over it. The minute you stop bitching about “what a terrible question that was,” or “that’s nice and all, but I don’t have the time,” or “well, the students should know this,” and get your ass to work, you might see some results from your students.
I’m not sure you are aware, but the USDOE could give 2 shits about all of your pissing and moaning. As far as they are concerned it is your job, let me say that again: JOB, to make sure that the students are achieving and developing deep understanding of concepts, including ones tested by “bad” questions.
If you can’t find effective ways to get students to achieve at the necessary level, or are unwilling to change the way you teach to accommodate unideal students, then get the hell out. You are making the profession look bad and more importantly, you are making me look bad. Besides, I’m sure there are people who are willing to take your jobs (Don’t believe me? Go check out Southern California.)