It is always important to keep your sense of perspective and not be swept along by bad ideas imposed by superiors.
Be reasonable but do not accept the unacceptable. (The Will Smith video was first mentioned here.)
When I read the following, I was tempted to suggest that the local superintendent might order one of those Gates Foundation’s galvanic skin response monitors. But then I realized I was wrong: the purpose of the monitors is to measure excitement, but the purpose of the bobbers is to teach collaboration. I think. Maybe.
Read it and ask: laugh or cry?
This event (having to sit through the Will Smith treadmill youtube video–which, by the way, is still available for viewing by running a Google search) was nothing compared to the inservice the year before in the same district. That motivational speaker’s presentation consisted of a discussion of our positive and negative energy, which was then demonstrated by having all 100+ of us holding a fishing bobber suspended by a chain. We “worked to move our energy” using our bobbers in both small and large groups. Depending on the swing and speed of the bobber, it could be determined (!!!) whether or not we we possess good, positive energy.
From the speaker’s own website: “Participants are instantly affected as they learn to bring positive energy to their relationships and daily lives.”
Thank goodness we were not tested and scored individually on the swing of our bobbers, because I was fit to be tied by the time the presentation ended. The most disturbing thing was listening to some teachers the next day praising their own “successes” with the bobbers. They’d actually gone home and practiced! I, in turn, was reprimanded for my criticism regarding what I saw as the frivolous use of inservice time when I filled out my required end-of-session evaluation. I wrote something like, “Perhaps we can follow-up this ridiculous activity by bringing in tea leaves or pulling out the old Ouija Boards.”
Oh my gosh, do you think bobbers, tea leaves, and Ouija boards will soon be teacher evaluation tools? Egad.