In-service days

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  1. TrademarkTer

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    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.
     
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    We have a full week of inservice days (last week, basically) leading into a tomorrow start. While yes, there's plenty of "blah" within there: the required trainings that are repetitive, our union, district, and principal do a great job of making sure that we have plenty of classroom time, mixed with some team time to figure out curriculum, etc... I think we had at least 15 hours or so, when all was said and done, of time in our classrooms, plus 4-5 hours of team time, and several other chunks spent around team building, learning about our students, etc...

    In the end, I enjoy the week -- while there are boring parts, it's a great opportunity to get up to speed, get things ready to go, and be on the same page as the rest of the staff.
     
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    We started doing our in-service days at the end of the year. We do a lot of curriculum work then, and it gives us plenty of time to prep for the year over the summer if necessary. It is only problem for new hires, but there are plenty of opportunities for PD during the school year.

    The only time we have in our classrooms during contract time is a half day on opening day (day before students arrive). All other classroom setup is on our own time. It's what we are used to, so it's not a big deal.

    We are already a month into our school year.
     
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    No in-service days before school starts. We have a Professional Activity Day in 2 weeks which will be spend doing mandatory Health and Safety Training and a few others during the year when we focus on our school and school board improvement plans.
     
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    We were cut from 3 days to 1 this year...the ROE is experimenting with a different schedule than previous years.
     
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    Teachers at my school go back a week before all the other teachers in my district. We are paid extremely well for this additional week. Usually we do a lot of large-group trainings, like for the whole school or for each level (elem, middle, high). This year we also got a lot of time to work in our rooms, like several hours per day or more, which was really nice. I had a few off-campus trainings for my particular content area.

    My district has traditionally scheduled about 4 additional inservice days throughout the year, like one per quarter. I really enjoyed these days because as a specialist I don't often have time to collaborate with others who teach what I teach (there is usually only one specialist assigned to each school). With some contract changes, the district recently traded in these inservice days for an extra hour per week of on-site trainings. In exchange, we now get the full week of Thanksgiving off and one additional day, either the Monday following Easter/Spring Break or Election Day if it's in election year. While I appreciate the days off, I hate the extra hour per week. And since I'm a specialist, I've lost virtually 100% of my collaboration time with other specialists, which blows.
     
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    We have two days before the kids come back. We are guaranteed the equivalent of one full day in our rooms. It may be split over the two days, but we get a full day. I like it. We have a big staff meeting usually where we go over new things and how to do orientation, so I never feel like the time is wasted.
     
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    We also have 2 inservice days this week, and students start on Thursday. As someone who often presents those inservices, I know that teachers are thinking about their classrooms, planning and class lists. But I spend a lot of time over the summer preparing for these inservices (which are sometimes full day, 5 hour sessions), so please take what you can from the sessions. I do my best to plan engaging, hands on days, but sometimes there is content that I am required to cover and the most efficient way is to do some lecturing. I hope your presenters provide time for collaboration and conversation. Last year I did a PD session with 90 participants on the first day back and managed to structure the day to include a lot of group work. The most discouraging thing for a presenter is to have a disrespectful audience so please just keep in mind that the presenter has been hired by your district because the topic aligns with goals and expectations. Fake interest if you must while you make a mental 'to do list', but please don't take it out on the presenter -- and I'm not saying you would... that's just a general plea from someone often thrown in front of an audience of educators.
     
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    As you said, important topics that should actually affect what you do day 1 with kids.

    The only shame is that teachers make for a terrible audience. It's often embarrassing just how bad. If only 30% are screwing around, I call that a win.
     
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