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The teacher's prayer


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After almost two weeks of inservice, I thought I had died. Thank goodness the little goofballs will be streaming through hte doors tomorrow to remind me (and the rest of us) why we got into this field!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlpbryan

This is sad.

I have had both great in-services and ossifying ones, but the more experienced I get in this field, the more I realize that just an ounce or two of gumption (I got pounds of the stuff) and a decent administration (and I'm blessed), it's possible to help mold the in-service days to wonderful opportunities.

Our supervisor planned a trip to the Museum of Natural History one year, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens the next.

(I cannot imagine doing this field without good support.)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Doyle

Awesome! What a perfect image to kick off every in-service this year! Made me laugh out loud, and inspired me. Thanks so much.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Cicchetti


So sad, so true, so outrageously on the mark! Am girding my loins for my first in service on Wed. - Everyday Math. Searching desperately for my invisible dummie earmuffs...

As lpbryan said earlier here, the only thing that mitigates the pain is the thought of my kids coming through that classroom door on the first day. I should do a poster for that...

Thanks - Mark

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Ahlness

Stimulating picture for the start of staff in services! A little humour helps!! because of course our inservices are engaging. Other great pictures to use as lesson/inservice starters can be found at:

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey Nay

Did you create this little gem? If so, I'd love to use it next my next Prof. Dev. time with teachers as a quick "pick-me-up." Is it copyrighted or CC Licensed?


August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobJ

After being part of the "presentation team" for a break-out session at our New Teacher Orientation yesterday, I can completely sympathize with the people in the picture. The old saying about too many cooks certainly applied in this case. Fortunately, 40 minutes wasn't enough to cause any deaths. :-)

Thanks for the poster, Doug. I'll have to figure out some way to use it in the future, especially as a reminder when I'm more in control of inservice training plans.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hi Michael,
And shouldn't inservices MODEL good instructional practices? Ours is an odd vocation.

Hi Mark,
What did we (and our students) do to combat boredom before there was wireless Internet access?

Have a great start to your school year!

Great pictures! Thanks, Audrey.

Hi Rob,
The "poster" is mine. The saying is from a t-shirt I saw. The photo is from Flickr and I doctored it up. All my work is CreativeCommon licensed, so use as you can.

All the best,

Hi Tim,
Ever since I've moved into the inservice role of perpetrator and out of the role of victim, I've been a happier person.

Use the poster as you can.

All the best and hope your school year is off to a great start,

August 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

With 30 + years experience in almost every aspect of higher education, I retired last year. I recently went back to serve as adjunct faculty at the local university teaching only two courses. I kept telling everyone that as adjunct you are paid piteously and have no benefits. But, I claimed joyously, at least I don't have to go to faculty meetings nor serve on committees. Over the past three weeks, I have been in three meetings - the most recent being a four-hour-without-any-breaks session on teaching excellence, "lead" by three members of the Department of Education. To persuade us to attend, we were offered a $100 stipend for the session.

After 30 minuets, I would have paid $100.00 (no, more than that!) to be allowed to leave! Now I am being asked to serve on a committee. Dear God!

Few die - none resign!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlueboyo


Resist, resist! I thought teaching adjunct would get you out of a lot of this kind of stuff too.

Good luck and thanks for the comment,


September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Doug, can I use this image in a presentation I'll soon be giving?

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChad Lehman

Hi Chad,

I'd be honored.


January 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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