Getting My Workshop On
Both sessions went well, and I left with a number of takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Everyone loves "Eye of the Tiger." Everyone. You can hear it now. Duh. Duh-duh-duh. Duh-duh-duh. Duh-duh-duuuuuuuuuuh. Starting your workshop with it blaring and one fist raised like Jesse Owens leads to instant success.
Takeaway #2: Not everyone loves pirates, but most appreciate being exposed to the joy other people find in pirates. And man, I've got a lot of joy.
Takeaway #3: Apparently, if you want someone important to observe you, like a member of the County Board of Education, the best thing to do is wear a pirate hat and stand on a chair. They come flocking those flies and that honey.
Takeaway #4: When cute young women come up to you after your workshop and share pirate jokes of their own revolving around the multiple uses of the word "ho," failing to make a move is stupid, stupid, stupid.
Takeaway #5: My school schedules students and creates instructional environments better than most. I spoke to a teacher who has 35 kids with reading abilities ranging from pre-primer to 9th grade. I spoke to teachers teaching classes where they combined High Point levels A and B in one class, and another where all H.P. students were taught level B, regardless of whether it was instructionally appropriate, and yet another teacher who taught Special Ed and it was therefore determined that all her students needed the Basics level -- why purchase an (inferior) intervention program if you are not committed to implementing it correctly?
Takeaway #6: A big fatty-fat check, which I will blow on gasoline, books from Green Apple Books, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.