‘It was PDC,’ said Everyday P-12 School graduate teacher, Mr Sam Hargreaves, of his efforts to bluff his way through an entire day of professional development using invented acronyms.
If I was required to speak, or if it seemed like I wasn’t paying enough attention, I’d put my hand up, chuck in a made-up acronym with a few education buzzwords and no one even questioned me.
And what does PDC stand for? ‘Nothing! That’s the beauty of it,’ declared the teacher who has clearly been spending too much time with serial slacker, Mr Stu Richards of the Physical Education department. ‘During the PD I was planning lessons, doing correction and admin, you know the stuff you actually need to do rather than listen to someone with zero teaching experience. If I was required to speak, or if it seemed like I wasn’t paying enough attention, I’d put my hand up, chuck in a made-up acronym with a few education buzzwords and no one even questioned me.’
When asked if he could provide an example of his strategy, Mr Hargreaves replied, ‘At last week’s GRS meeting we focussed on differentiation. After a play in the digital sandpit we consulted our FRWL’s and agreed to continue displaying our learning intentions but to also REK at every possible opportunity. ’The graduate teacher continued, ‘It was unbelievable. Everyone just nodded their heads, even the presenter, as if they knew what I was talking about.’
And how did the young teacher think of this strategy? ‘It came to me after attending several PD’s earlier this year. Presenters and teachers would be throwing out acronyms left, right and centre. I’d ask the people around me what these acronyms stood for and no one could tell me. I realised most teachers have heard these acronyms but hardly any actually know what they stand for.’
I realised most teachers have heard these acronyms but hardly any actually know what they stand for.
Days later it seemed the strategy had back-fired. After receiving positive feedback from the presenter of Mr Hargreaves knowledge and willingness to contribute during the professional development, Everyday P-12 School principal, Mr James Matthews organised another professional development day … with Mr Hargreaves as the presenter. However, the graduate teacher presented a variety of invented acronyms to the Everyday P-12 School staff and the PD was declared a success.
Mr Hargreaves was last sighted at his desk, writing an educational book, ‘The MUSA Pedagogical Approach to Education’ and planning a speaking tour where he will charge $3000 an hour.