Every year, teachers have to do constant trainings, whether it is in regards to their content area, summer school, technology…the personal development opportunities are endless!
Most teachers even try to sucker a few friends to join them for the trainings, you know, for moral support and the occasional disctraction.
All teachers can relate to the following memes when it comes to trainings…
First off, teachers do actually work during summer vacation…that is when most of the trainings for the following school year happen.
Yes, we make this exact face, but mainly because we hate thinking about summer trainings…not fun!
I also make this face in a summer training. Honestly, I am sure I make this face way more than I should.
Then there is this reaction every time I get an email about a training that is optional.
Why in the world would I EVER want to take an optional training that will give me nothing more than knowledge and component points?
Thank you, but I will pass.
You get to the training and grab a table in the back for you and your friends…then someone (a teacher from a different school or someone who will make you pay attention) comes and sits at your table…
This is the worst! All my brain can do is go to this scene in Mean Girls.
Is it acceptable to email them this meme to get the point across?
Then you get that one speaker that talks about all their life experiences which have nothing relatable to your teaching situation.
Don’t tell me how strategies worked on students at another school in another country…I want to know what till work on my students, here.
So glad you are proud of your accomplishments, but you are wasting my lunch time by rambling on about yourself.
Then there are a few phrases that this meme is the reaction to;
“Every body stand up for th
is next activity…”
“On a piece of paper write down a reflection to the following topic…”
“At your table discuss…”
When you realize that like most school meetings, this training could have also been sent in an email.
Instead, you sat on your butt and listened to 8 hours of word vomit that you can never use in your daily teaching life.
You also probably have an entire tree full of the handouts that could have easily been emailed to you prior to the training. Save the trees people…stop wasting so much paper on things that will be thrown away.
So while those more diligent teachers listen closely, taking notes on what the speaker is saying, and participates like a good student…what are you doing?
Well, let’s just say playing on pinterest, sending memes in a giant group chat of your friends that are also in the training, and messing with snapchat filters is a good way to pass the time.