The idea of Death by Powerpoint is not a new one on this blog. Neither is Death by Meeting. Put the two together and you really do give meaning to the term "overkill."
Among all of the back-to-school things today, I sat through no less than eight (8!!!) PowerPoint presentations in 3 hours. I counted them, just to give myself something to do and avoid the urge to poke out my eyes with my pencil, shoot spitwads at the posters on the walls, and bang my head on the table out of frustration. When did PowerPoint become equated with engaging presentations and instruction...and how do we dissuade this unholy alliance from being fostered?
On the positive side of things, I do have to say that only one used every cutesy transition and trick in the book. ("No...no...I'm begging you...not another fade!" I wanted to cry.)
I really worried, however, that these same people who were up there listing all of the reasons why the school's poop doesn't stink weren't able to model effective instructional techniques. (My favourite quotes from today: "We're light years ahead of every other building in terms of cultural proficiency." and "Oh, that other school is having a big regional meeting so they can figure out how to be less pitiful.")
I know teachers are tired of the same old, same old at the beginning of the year. So, why not mix it up a bit? Why not extend yourself as a presenter and model some diverse and appropriate instruction? Do things to make people excited about coming back to work. As it is, this school seems to be following the maxim of "If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a terrible warning."
Maybe I'll see if I can hide the remotes in the future. :)