The Secret Letdown

04 Sep

I’m about to reveal what one the most secret and curious secrets in the world…what happens at “Teacher’s Meeting”.

It’s mostly all boring. My leg almost fell off from jiggling it out of desperation for some movement in my body. Do you know how hard it is to sit for 3 hours straight?

They bring in a Rav to speak, give us some hadracha for the year. It’s like I was a students again. I was doing everything, but listening. I checked this years schedule, seeing out uncoordinated my weeks are going to be like. Borrowed a pen to fill in all the O’s on the first page. Flip through the rollbook giddly, still not believing that I’M the teacher and the power of the “book” is in MY hands.

So after the Rav leaves, they give you a minute to grab food from the buffet. I didn’t eat in the morning, because I remembered last year’s teacher’s meeting and they had Garden: salads, pasta, muffins…good stuff. I got gypped. This year all they had were oversized muffins, cheesecake that tasted like raw batter and some fresh fruit. Oh and coffee.

Then the principals take turns speaking. Each one tries to inspire the teachers to be original, creative, innovative, and most of all to give more hours n extra curricular to the school. Yeah, right.

One of them commented that they meet alumni who, to put it mildly, weren’t all that academic, and stimulated, and now they’re in these high pressure environments, ambitious degrees and accomplishments….why weren’t they like that in High School…sorry, but no matter what discussion they have, with the chinuch they give over now, they are not going to change the situation.

Then for the exciting part. The school got a SMART board. I intend to become best friends with it.

They had someone from the company come down to give us a tutorial on it. Of course, right after she showed us how to calibrate it, it went kablooey. And until the allotted time for the tutorial was up, it didn’t work, and then at the last moment it did.

Oh well, too late.

I don’t think many of the teacher’s will use it anyway, they were too impressed by the fact that my friend (and colleague, that is my age) was able to screw the VGA cord in.

Then we shmoozed.

Then we left.

Tomorrow is the first day.

And the secret turns out to be so well kept, not because of national security reasons, but for the fact that they’re so boring that no one cares to talk about it….except for me…congrats if you made it this far.




Posted by on September 4, 2008 in Teaching


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13 responses to “The Secret Letdown

  1. frumcollegegirl

    September 4, 2008 at 1:59 am

    i never had to wonder about what went on in the teachers room…cuz i knew that it was too small for anything to happen in it. when i got detention i had to take out the trash from the teachers room and bathroom

  2. tooyoungtoteach

    September 4, 2008 at 2:08 am

    The school I teach in has no teacher’s room. They have a closet where the elvelator shaft opens the called “Teacher’s Room” but it’s not really anything…

    …Anyway, I’d rather your detention than the one I had in high school…actually I never got detention in high school, but if I did, I’d rather do your’s than the one generally allotted

  3. The Babysitter

    September 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    That’s cool you have a SMART board, I heard about those getting installed in schools. But what is it again?

    Good Luck on Your first day of teaching!

  4. tooyoungtoteach

    September 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm


    It looks like a large whiteboard with a fancy border. It’s connected to a computer and has a projector on top, so it’s very interactive. Also it has all these different funtions like handwriting recognition, and note writing for the class, interactive texbooks.

    For someone who knows how to use it, it’s G-ds gift to teachers. If not, it is the most intimidating thing EVER!

  5. The Babysitter

    September 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Sounds really cool and High Tech. I should go to a school and check it out.

    My prof said that soon the college is going to have a new way to take attendance, by giving everyone a clicker, and they will have to click themselves in. And it would only work within the classroom. Then someone said that they can give all their clickers to one person who will click all of them in, so they won’t all have to come to class.

    “For someone who knows how to use it, it’s G-ds gift to teachers. If not, it is the most intimidating thing EVER!”

    It’s like that with all new technology. They should have given a class on how to use it, during that teachers meeting.

    If teachers, are good teachers, does that mean they are also good students, and can learn well? if yes then it shouldn’t be so hard for them to learn how to use it.

  6. tooyoungtoteach

    September 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    They did try to give a tutorial, but the SMARTboard, started acting up…so we didn’t get to learn much…

    A good teacher is not necassarily a good student. When it came to subjects I wasn’t interested or particularly good at, I was a nightmare.

    I met a teacher I had in High School recently. She was shocked when she heard I was teaching, and even more so High School then she says,

    “I don’t mean to insult you, but sincerely, what to you do with kids that are like you?”

    And she meant it.

  7. Raizy

    September 5, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Yup, that sounds about right. In 11 years of teaching, I can remember just 2 faculty meetings where anything was actually accomplished.

  8. The Babysitter

    September 5, 2008 at 12:44 am

    ahh I see.

    lol, I’ve heard of such cases. It’s funny to hear.
    But since you were that kinda “kid” then you probably know better how to handle them.

  9. EndOfWorld

    September 5, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I hope you didn’t mean just ONE smart board. That would be funny…

  10. tooyoungtoteach

    September 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Yup, only one SMARTboard in the entire high school. They keep it in the multi prupose room. And if you want to use it in a lesson, you have to transplant the entire class.

  11. The Babysitter

    September 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    That’s annoying to have to move the whole class. So its not meant to be fully integrated into the lesson plans.

  12. tooyoungtoteach

    September 5, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Nope, I don’t think most of the teachers will even try using it. They were scared to even look at it, and got all excited when a green light went on…to put it mildly, they’re not very tech saavy, nor do they care to be/

  13. Lion of Zion

    September 19, 2008 at 12:59 pm


    “I can remember just 2 faculty meetings where anything was actually accomplished.”

    it’s like in this in a lot of professions. meetings are just a waste of time.

    שבת שלום


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