Teachers’ Meetings


I received this a number of years ago. It was apparently rather widespread (though I don’t know how much used) and when I shared it in a few of my classes with teachers it was received enthusiastically, though only a few said they might try it. I was reminded the other day that meetings for school personnel haven’t changed that much, so I thought I would share it.

HOW TO STAY AWAKE IN TEACHER INSERVICES: OFFERED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE… Do you keep falling asleep in teacher meetings and inservices? Here’s a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, inservice or staff development, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down.  That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block: * no child left behind * test scores * core competencies *  communication *  standards *  multiple exposures *  benchmarks *  proactive *  win-win * think outside the box *  action plan *  result-driven *  assessments *  knowledge base * at the end of the day * touch base *  mindset *  differentiated *  retention *  skills *  background knowledge *  effective learning *  exemplars *  implementation * reflection .

When you hear one of those, check off the appropriate block  for these words/phrases.

4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally stand up and shout “BULLCRAP”

TESTIMONIALS from satisfied “Bullcrap Bingo” players: —

“I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won.” – Adam W., Atlanta —

“My attention span at inservices has improved dramatically.” –  David T., Orlando —

“What a gas! Staff development will never be the same for me after my first win.” – Dan J., New York City — “

The atmosphere was tense in the last inservice as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Ben G, Denver —

“The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed ‘BULLCRAP!’ for the third time in two hours. The Bullcrap Bingo Championship will be played at the next inservice.” -Rod H., Nashville

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