Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Play Bullshit Bingo at Staff Conferences

(Reprised from Ed. Notes, Jan. 2004)


Do you sometimes nod off in staff conferences and staff development?
What about those long and boring pre and post observation conferences?

Here’s a way to change all of that:

1. Before (or during) your next staff conference or staff development day, prepare your “Bullshit Bingo” card by drawing a square--I find that 5”x 5” is a good size.

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

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

staff development, leveled libraries,UFT, professionalism, standardized test scores, revisit, blocked reading/math, genre, 25 books, standards, workshops, learning objective, innovative, observations, strategies and skills, result-driven, goals, knowledge base, supervisors, superintendent, chancellor, student-directed, learning centers, CEP, district goals, instructional plans, evaluation

(feel free to add your own.)

3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear a speaker use one of these words/phrases.

4. When you get five blocks checked off horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout “BULLSH_T!”

Testimonials from satisfied “Bullshit Bingo” players:

“I had been in a faculty meeting for only five minutes when I won.” Jack W., Staten Island

“My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.” --David D., Brooklyn

“What a gas! Staff Development will never be the same for me after my first win.”
Bill R., New York City

“The atmosphere was tense in the last faculty meeting as 20 of us waited for the fifth box.”
Ben G., Queens

“We use the Superintendent’s name in our game and people ask questions to try to get the staff developers to invoke the name so they can get their card filled. Everyone is on edge as we wait for the name to be said.What excitement! "
A Brooklyn elementary school teacher.

“The principal was stunned as eight of us shouted ‘BULLSHIT!’ for the third time in 40 minutes. " --Kathleen L.., Bronx

Note: Can be adapted for UFT Delegate Assemblies

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