I was forwarded this today and it made me smile. It can be easily adapted to meet whatever form of workshop you're required to attend for your work.
HOW TO STAY AWAKE IN TEACHER INSERVICES:
OFFERED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE...
Do you keep falling asleep in teacher meetings and in-services? Here's a way to change all of that.
1. Before (or during) your next meeting, in-service or staff development, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5" x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:* no child left behind * test scores* core competencies *communication *standards * multiple exposures * benchmarks* proactive * win-win * think outside the box *action plan* result-driven * assessments * knowledge base * at the end of the day * touch base * mindset* differentiated * retention * skills * background knowledge* effective learning * exemplars * implementation * reflection *modifications
3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSHIT!"
***TESTIMONIALS from satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players***
-- "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won." - Adam W., Atlanta
-- "My attention span at inservices has improved dramatically." - David T., Orlando
-- "What a gas! Staff development will never be the same for me after my first win." - Dan J., New York City
-- "The atmosphere was tense in the last inservice as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." - Ben G, Denver
-- "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third time in two hours.
--"The Bullshit Bingo Championship will be played at the next inservice." - Rod H., Nashville