Bingo bullshit

HOW TO STAY AWAKE IN TEACHER INSERVICES (Staff Development Days): OFFERED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE…

Do you keep falling asleep in teacher meetings and inservices?
Here’s a way to change all of that:

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, inservice, or staff
development, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″x 5″
is a good size.

2. Divide the card into columns – five across and five down. That
will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

3. 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

4. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

5. 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.”

–(Anonymous Writer)

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