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As a teacher, I often find myself in meetings with teachers and staff from other schools in various buildings throughout the district. Up until this year, my habit has been to sit amongst my friends and colleagues in these meetings whenever possible, as most people tend to do. It makes sense. Sit amongst your friends.…

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If you schedule an hour for a meeting, and your meeting lasts for an hour, you have failed, for three reasons: The efficient person attempts to complete tasks in less than the allotted time. If you’ve given yourself 60 minutes to complete a task and require all 60 minutes to do so, you have not…

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Want to know how much I hate meetings? In August of 1999, I began my teaching career. Each school year starts off with a series of meetings a couple days before the kids arrive that may be absolutely necessary but are still excruciating because I hate meetings. As I prepared to attend this first of…

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When I am forced to suffer through an agonizing meeting or a pedantic training session (of which almost all are), I stare at photographs like this to prevent my soul from being thoroughly crushed. Photos like this are like a tiny light in a universe of infinite black. They serve as a reminder that the…

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Over the past four years, I have written quite a bit about my hatred of  meetings. Regardless of the context, the majority of the meetings that I have been required to attend over the course of my lifetime have been ineffectively designed and poorly run. I’ve admonished presenters to not be ordinary.  I’ve begged the…

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