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Old 08-30-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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...stuck in reading pd and some adult chatty cathies are sitting on my left. Then there are the district admin chatting in the back...ugghhh.... thanks for reading and listening to my rare vent post


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I presented two PDs to paraprofessionals a couple of weeks ago. The morning presentation went well. The afternoon, not so much. The material was more geared toward teachers. Also, the afternoon group was a lot more unengaged. I couldn't get them to participate at all. There were two women who were laughing hysterically through part of it. I finally went and stood next to them. They stopped. PD is rarely fun, but at least it can be tolerable if everyone does their part. It's frustrating that teachers, who hate chatty cathies in their classrooms, feel it's okay to talk during PD. So glad I don't have to do PD as a retired person to renew my license.

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Chatty Cathies... biggest irritation
Old 08-30-2017, 12:47 PM
 
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Cahtty Cathies are my biggest pet peeve.

I have been to a state wide professional meeting for the past three years. I am unfortunately placed at a table with teachers from my area. One of them talks out loud during every presentation. I've already decided that this year I'm telling her to "shhhhhhush" accompanied with the gesture and my most disgruntled face. If she continues, I'll ask her to leave. She's so disgustingly insensitive.

I feel you pain because you're unable to let administrators know how rude they are being. They would have a hissy fit if folks talked during their presentations.

Go home and have a glass of wine in honor of your patience today.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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I've always thought that was so rude. Anyone who has ever had to present knows it's nerve wracking enough without disrespectful people.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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There is one person in my grade level whom I refuse to sit by in any meeting or PD. She tends to mumble responses to the person speaking. Then, she will turn and stage whisper comments to anyone around her. It is extremely distracting. I have been the presenter and I like to listen (or appear to listen) politely. With this person in the area, it is impossible.

We had an assembly on Monday and she ended up sitting behind me. She didn't have a class at the time. I'm sitting with my class and she was lending over complaining about our principal in my left ear. Students were even turning around glaring at her. I just ignored her. It makes me nervous because the principal was looking over at us. I don't want him to think it was me carrying on! Now, we'll probably get a mass email about teachers being unprofessional or something.


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I also hated teachers who talked through faculty meetings. Immature, unprofessional, rude. More common in recent history than the past.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:04 PM
 
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Thanks for listening everyone and thanks for the responses. I rarely vent but I do have daily frustrations with my teaching assignment. It is especially frustrating when my peers do such poor behavior during what was a helpful and rare pd on our new reading program. I so much wanted to shout "shut your mouth" but restrained myself for once. I am usually an outspoken person on the job but do restrain myself for the good of the group. I am going to send a message to the district office and ask them to tell presenters to directly deal with the talkers. It is a ridiculous problem in our district.
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:05 PM
 
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I think teachers are often the worst audiences. It drives me crazy. If the behavior is something you wouldn't tolerate from your students when you are trying to teach, then the speaker shouldn't have to tolerate it from you.
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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I wish you would have turned around and caught the admins eye and said SHHHHH !
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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I was in a PD with my teammates who would not stop whispering to eachother. Then they would look at me and say "I don't get it what's going on!" Driving me nuts.


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Old 08-31-2017, 04:47 AM
 
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I totally understand your comments. I am retired now, but this was always a pet peeve of mine. I tried to avoid sitting by the "talkers" in PD or meetings.
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