For teachers, before it’s back to school, it’s back to meetings: professional development, curriculum planning, and goal setting with colleagues and supervisors for the new school year.
Although the content of these meetings is valuable, they can still feel onerous. As August days wane, many teachers are craving time to set up their classrooms and plan out lessons, or yearning for a few more moments of vacation.
To make the most of back-to-school meetings, keep in mind that you, as a participant, actually have considerable agency over the tone, productivity, and significance of sessions. Here, we provide advice on “wise participation”: how to shape and optimize back-to-school meetings, even when you aren’t the facilitator. We pull this advice from Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators, a handy book by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth City.