When you attend Professional Development do you:
- Arrive late with body language that suggests you would rather have boiling oil poured up your nostrils than attend this PD?
- Fail to bring a pen?
- Sit at the back (despite there being plenty of empty seats at the front) and then complain that you can't see the screen or hear the presenter?
- Realise (after about 20 minutes) that there is a handout and you should have it?
- Resist the presenter's glares and subtle or not so subtle suggestions that you need to shut up, and continue your conversation?
- Use your mobile phone?
- Use your laptop for purposes other than taking notes from the PD or following links as per instructions?
- Form groups of 2,4,6,9 when the presenter has asked you to work in groups of 3?
- Disturb the learning of others?
- Ignore instructions then vaguely and loudly ask, 'What are we supposed to be doing?'
- Zone out because you have 'done' this before?
- Rely on others to do what the presenter has asked everyone to do?
All these behaviours are the things that most irritate us about our students - need I say more?
If this is you and you are old enough - retire. If not old enough, you may be in the wrong profession!
If teachers are only in the business of teaching and not of learning, then we are seriously stuffed. Not only are any or all of these behaviours discourteous to the presenter, they show a serious lack of commitment to the direction the school has chosen to take.