Oh God, Yes…YES!!…Let’s Have a Meeting!!!
It’s hard to take it
Pretend. Go Along. Fake it.
A half hour meeting
About fire drill procedures
We talked about this last week
This actually happened. We had a whole staff meeting after school, maybe 150 people, about emergency procedures for this or that sort of emergency. That was the once-a-month all hands meeting for an hour after school. Fine. Talk about whatever you want. All I have to do is sit in a chair and I’m already in the building anyway. Plus there’s snacks.
But then the next week we had a meeting of about 40 people, in one of our several administrative sub-groupings, at 8:00 in the morning, to discuss fire drill procedures. We just talked about this last week in the other meeting I mentioned in the first paragraph. Do we need to talk about this again? Do we need to talk about this at all? Send me an email. Then we will have a “drill”, a fire drill, and see how its goes. If we have drills, do we need to have meetings about the drills as well? And I can’t help but notice that there isn’t as damn thing in here that would burn anyway, except for all this shit on my desk. And I would consider that more a cleansing and a blessing than any sort of calamity or disaster.
But really, these meetings…they have to stop. I have an 8:00am meeting four days a week. On the fifth day, I have a meeting during my planning period. Let me repeat the time again on those first four meetings: 8:00 IN THE FUCKING MORNING. Four days every week.
Oh, man…these meetings…they are consistently the most useless expenses of time in my week. We do nothing in these meetings. We decide nothing. We neither discuss nor debate anything important. The great majority of these fall into one of three primary categories: 1) Indoctrination; 2) Lame professional development or 3) Announcing new directives.
I gotta go…more on the three categories later.