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Today I learned that the least effective means of teaching is lecture.  I also learned that the human attention span is somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes.

I learned this during a 3 1/2 hour lecture, with no breaks.

The lecturer read the powerpoint to us.  The principal sat in the back of the auditorium to make sure no one left.  He actually had a bathroom pass.  One.  You had to take the pass and bring it back to go to the bathroom. 

Quality professional development.


  1. YOU NEEDED A PASS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!!!!!..Thats why i need to be self employed when i retire…..the principal sounds like the biggest jacktard on the planet….Zman

  2. It always bothers me that inservice presenters NEVER use best practices! Sheesh!

  3. I have never understood why presenters have to read a power point to anyone… if you are at the ‘lecture,’ there is a fair assumption that you can already read. Glad to hear this sort of thing happens in other professions.

  4. Have they installed prison bars on your windows, too???

  5. Oh, those verbatim powerpoints are the worst, aren’t they? Why is it that the folks they pick to “teach” the teachers are often such morons? BTW, The Scribe is back online, and we’re hosting the Silly Summer Sunday Sweepstakes again tomorrow. Please come by and Share the Caption Love!

  6. Could you least bring a laptop and pretend to take verbatim notes while secretly blogging?

  7. OMG, you are kidding me! Thats nuts. .ROFL. I hate in-service week, too.

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