How are the start of year in-service days in your building? We start school on Thursday, but we have in-service days for teachers tomorrow and Wednesday. These are my two least favorite school days of the year, and I almost wish we could just starting teaching tomorrow. Tomorrow we have a speaker giving a 5 hour presentation on standards-based grading, assessment, and differentiation. I get that these are important topics, but most teachers have a million other things they need to get done before Thursday that don't involve sitting in an auditorium all day. Plus 5 hours (with one hour lunch in the middle)---how can someone talk that long? We have in-service day later in the year that could be used for these topics. Last year we didn't have a speaker, but we had plenty of meetings and other cooperative activities/breakout sessions that were not my favorite either. Luckily Wednesday we get more time in our classrooms to get ready, but there are still at least 2-3 hours of department/staff meetings to attend that day as well.