I told one of the teachers in the upper school that the next time I was training the upper school teachers, I would bring an air horn to the session.
I wasn’t kidding.
This week I’ve been doing a lot of training for the teachers, and by the end of the upper school session I was literally shouting over the noise after they got a little overexcited by my streaming TV demonstration. It’s often said that teachers are the worst people to teach, an opinion formed not just from accurate observation, but reinforced by the irony of teachers regularly committing the following sins for which their own students would no doubt suffer a brutal reprimand:
- Not bringing a pen to the lesson.
- Fiddling with something else on the computer when they are supposed to be listening to instructions.
- Talking to their neighbour while I’m talking.
- Not writing down the thing I told them to write down, and then inevitably getting it wrong later.
In the past, I’ve done refresher demonstrations of systems that have been met with the amazed look of someone seeing something for the first time, despite the fact I’ve shown them it twice before in the last 6 months. I’ve watched a teacher ignore a warning that fills half the screen in a yellow box, scroll down, and do the exact thing the warning said not to do. I swear that half the problems I ever deal with have their roots in someone not paying attention.
The air horn is now on my desk in the office. Next time I think my class isn’t paying attention, they’ll wish the most annoying horn they heard this year was a vuvuzela.