Over the thirty-one years I have been in education (now counselling), I have become extremely cautious about the workshops I choose to attend. While some have been fireworks......many, (sadly enough) have been duds! I snooped around, asked some questions and was satisfied that this training would be worth missing one day of school plus one professional development day.
PRESS THE 'BIG MISTAKE' BUTTON!!!!!!!!!! What was clearly advertised (by our union) as a Train the Trainer was not a train the trainer at all. Huge disappointment! I already had the update ready for my resume. Equally frustrating was the biased and somewhat tiresome, albeit sincere, preachy posturing of the presenter. While the intent was honourable and I am certain some groups this presenter works with benefit greatly from this training, there was little for me to take back and use at my school. What took up a whole day, could have been shared in at most two hours!
I could rant on, but that's not the entire point of this post. I was duped! Had I paid the registration myself I would have asked for a refund: something I've not done yet, but am more likely to do as my dollars for professional development become more scarce.
Tell me about a great workshop you attended - I need my spirit lifted!
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