It’s coming. Soon. Before you know it, we’ll be back in school trying to bolster up our mental fortitude for that one reoccurring event that taxes our patience and our joy: The dreaded staff meeting. Soon we’ll be jammed into a library or cafeteria, forced to awkwardly create those collegial good vibes and hurrahs.
If you’re like me, you sometimes find yourself wanting to jam a spoon in your eye to release the angst you feel at a typical staff meeting. Rather than give yourself a trip to the hospital, give yourself the gift of entertainment with Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O.
The rules are simple.
The first rule of Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O: Don’t talk about Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O.
The second rule of Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O: Don’t talk about Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O
Next, find a couple trustworthy, snarky colleagues to join you. These cats must have a sense of humor.
Prepare your B-I-N-G-O board. Fill each square with words, phrases, and observations you predict you’ll experience in the meeting. My personal favorites are:
– “College/Career Readiness”
– “Research shows . . .”
– “In MY classroom.”
– A colleague asleep
– A coach planning practice
– A technology fail
At the meeting, be sure to channel your inner-Frodo and keep it secret, keep it safe.* Others will scoff at how attentive you are and wonder why you are taking such feverish notes. Keep your chart on the down-low – unless you’re sitting next to the colleague who fell asleep. In that case, you’re safe from scrutiny.
You’ll also need a secret move to indicate a BINGO. Maybe you drop your keys on the ground. Maybe you get up to use the bathroom. Maybe you ask the presenter, “Could you elaborate?” Whatever you decide, make sure your B-I-N-G-O opponents are aligned.
To ensure a fair game, no spoon feeding for responses. Sure, you could ask your administrator, “What does the data show?” and get bombarded with all the words on your board, but what’s the fun in that?
Make your life even easier by downloading a free Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O Board and list of common words, phrases, and observations.
And don’t forget, losers buy the winner a week’s worth of beverages to drown the pain of this month’s meeting.
*Note: Chase Mielke is not liable for any loss of employment, respect, decency, or integrity that results from playing Staff Meeting B-I-N-G-O