Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I sometimes wonder if anyone has ever died from too many meetings.  Sometimes I feel like I might.  I don't know why it takes so many meetings to teach children.  Oh - never mind.... we don't really TEACH any more.  That's so last century.

Yesterday I had a meeting during school to decide who was going to monitor the interventions that needed to be done for a child, and how often.  This meeting lasted 45 minutes and had 7 people present at it.  It was about 40 minutes too long.  Today I had a meeting before school.  It wasn't too bad as meetings go.  Then I had a department meeting during my planning time at school.  It went about 30 minutes into my last block class.  A lot of it was a re-hash of yesterday's meeting.  At some point, I just had to ask, "Are we finished here?" 

Tomorrow during my planning time is an IEP meeting.  One of my co-workers is conducting the meeting, but she asked if I would like to attend, and I told her I'd show up for moral support.   Tomorrow after school, we have an hour-long faculty meeting. 

I think Friday is meeting-free.  Monday we have a meeting during our planning time so someone can help us  with the finer points of progress monitoring. 

I wonder who the patron saint of meetings is?

Oh - and there is no Mass at my parish tomorrow morning.  Our priest has a meeting...


  1. Maybe you could come up with some rules for meetings that would make them shorter. I have a hunch that there is a psychological need that is behind the apparent "need" for all those meetings. Perhaps if you could figure it out, the needs could be met another way. Could it be a need for adult association since the main interface for teachers is with kids? Just asking. I'm from the corporate world and hate meetings.

  2. If its any consolation, its the same way in nursing! I don't think I've ever seen a diagnosis of "too many meetings" on a death certificate but I have seen "Failure to Thrive" on many...maybe its the same thing :-)