Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day -30

There was an announcement just before first period today that all staff were required to visit the professional development center during their planning periods for "mandatory training."

"Mandatory training" (which ate more than 45 minutes of our already-limited grading and planning time) was run by two 23 or 24-year-old HR cats who gave a textbook presentation about how to create plans to modify undesirable child behavior in positive ways.

They showed a clip from Family Guy to illustrate behavior. Stewie did something amusing, and his mother reacted. "See how he tries to get a response? Your kids are like Stewie." Brilliant. They said when students wish to avoid work, that we should create a plan for them which allows them to avoid work, but on our terms, so we can eventually modify their behavior in positive ways.

Mr. E, the completely mild-mannered and unflappable teacher in the room next to mine, summed it up nicely: "I'm tired of these 24-year-old fuckwads who couldn't last ten seconds in my classroom coming up in here and telling me how to manage behavior after I been doing it 14 years."

It is funny to be lectured on classroom management by HR specialists. The kids would fucking eat them for breakfast.

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