What She Wore: Black swirly cross tee, faded levis, black strappy slides.  This is an outfit redo for those of you who are keeping track, but DON’T TELL ANYONE!

An open letter to the woman who taught my professional development course:


   First, I’d like to start by pointing out that this was a class of professionals—this was not a class of fourth graders.  As adults, we do not respond well to prodding questions about what you said four hours previously.  This does not mean that I have nothing in common with small children.  As an educator, I try to provide children with a clear schedule for the days events—as a student, I would also like to know what topics will be covered and in what order.  You may, in your years as teacher, have heard that there are limits to the human attention span.  This limit is somewhat less than three hours. 


You may have also heard that students do not like to be yelled at.  Perhaps my least favorite part of the day was when you yelled at me, What were my instructions?  I don’t think my co-workers enjoyed being yelled at either, but you’ll have to ask them.  There were no written instructions to follow, and I was trying to operate a new computer program, but I can see how I should have been paying attention to you as well.  Clearly I was wrong on that one.   I also did not like when you made us all stand up, so you could point out the student who had achieved the desired goal.  Nothing like pointing out the class super-star to inspire a little confidence. 


In conclusion, I’d like to say that being an educator is an art form, and you have not yet mastered it.  Neither have I, but I do present material with a smile, and attempt to reach students in many different ways.  Maybe you should look into that.




About takedeux

In one summer I had a baby who was hospitalized for five weeks, quit my job, and moved back to my hometown. This blog is about starting over.
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25 Responses to Sheesh

  1. Jaysey says:

    I often find that the people leading professional development activities are NOT educators–and should NEVER be educators.  Then again, teachers are a rather critical group when it comes to teaching…not that you\’re critical–I still; think the prof. dev. people need training before they should be released to train others…training in how to train–not in their area of expertise–particularly when they\’re dealing with new computer programs.  But not everyone\’s as smart as me–or you! 🙂

  2. Unknown says: back….so to speak.

  3. Vonnie says:

    I have seen your comments here and there, and thought I\’d drop by to say hello. I\’ve been taking a peek through your blogs — and I\’ve had such fun! I hope you don\’t mind if I wander on over here again from time to time. Your latest blog was so well put!! I took a business course (years ago) that was so bang on to what you have described in your blog. I was horrified that instructors could behave in such a way! Silly me, and my cock-eyed expectations! Now that I have a young boy going through the education system… OY… I could go on for hours! And these people are shaping our children?? At least you have a grip on reality, and make every effort to be one of those teachers who will make a difference — good on you. Three cheers for you!!  I look forward to visiting you again! Drop by my space for a cup of tea any old time, and make yourself at home. =D

  4. Sue says:

    People like that… isn\’t the pre-req to be an idiot a$$hole?  Nothing like having to sit through crap like that!  : ) Sue

  5. CJ says:

    I think that would have totally pissed me off.  And with my big mouth, I would have smiled widely and mouthed something intelligently appropriate to take the instructor to task for his/her underdeveloped social skills.  Geez, Louise….and you didn\’t bean him with a lime WHY?  I would have been mentally beyotch slapping the instructor….ineffectual in reality, but mentally would have made me feel much better! 

  6. Jo says:

    Today I will be the cloud with the silver lining. Make sure you remember this experience and it not be you who makes a student stand up because they\’ve excelled in something. Maybe the lesson of the class was not just to learn a new computer program, but to see how NOT to act.  It\’s easy for me to say becasue I wasn\’t in the class, normally I would have verbally pummeled the instructor. 

  7. Dawn says:

    At one time I thought taking evening courses would be fun and I would learn something new to boot….however feeling exactly the same way you did I stopped after one course…and I probably just had the misfortune to get a teacher similar to the one you had….now I\’m scared to death to try again….I don\’t like to be centered out or yelled at…especially when I\’m paying for the class….Sorry that you had a less then stellar day.

  8. Stacy says:

    All I can say is it is a good thing she is teaching adults and not children.  One of the competitive type teachers who always has to point out the best and the worst.  Does she not realize that everyone learns a different way, time frame and level.  I always wanted to be an English teacher.  Maybe when the kids are grown……

  9. Christi says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!!

  10. Christine says:

    I always hated professional development days.  Mostly a BIG waste of time…especially since most topics didn\’t apply to me as I was the school NURSE…but I was required to attend a number of these days before the system realized nurses need things like CPR class instead.

  11. Laura says:

    She yelled at you?? I have this thing where I mentally shut down when people start yelling at me. A defense strategy, if you will. When people start yelling, it is so hard for me to not crack a smile. At that point I am watching their anger, but thinking how funny they look when they make that face… oh well. I was really bad at one of my jobs. My supervisor was a she-devil. She decided to make a big scene about me forgetting to do something. She dragged me in this office infront of three other people and asked me what she should de as a "punishment" (sorry I didn\’t know I was 3 yrs old) for this. I looked her straight in the eye and told her that she should strip me nude and drag me out into the street and whip me. 
     Well… her face went blood red with ander, and the others in the office had these huge eyes of disbelief. I was just smiling. She had no choice but to walk away on that one. I quit soon after…  🙂

  12. Nadine says:

    You should send this to the course instructor and her bosses. People do not learn from their mistakes if they are not pointed out!

  13. Becca says:

    I would have sent this message to her supervisors. This is no way to educate. No one deserves to be yelled at ever. I would not tolerate that, ever. You are better than how she treated you!

  14. Gina says:


  15. Sandy says:

    How old was this woman?

  16. David says:

    Hi Katy!

    Yipes! She sounds like a royal B*TCH!!!

    I\’m glad I wasn\’t in that class!!!

    -David //BootJockey

  17. Sheryl-Ann says:

    Wow, sounds like that was not the best class at all.  Did you have to do class evaluations?  If you didn\’t, I would send her a note outlining these things.  You might actually be helping her out by doing that – some people need things pointed out directly to them.  It seems that she is used to teaching children so she doesn\’t realize that she has to change some things for adult students.  Yeah, I would really send her a note.  Take care and enjoy the week.

  18. ...And The Little Minion says:

    Wow, sounds like a day in paradise! There are good teachers and there are BAD teachers. One of my worst teachers was an elementary school music teacher. Nothing like taking a fourth grader, making them sing in front of the whole class to see if they are slightly off key, and then pulling them from theme from their part because you are unhappy with their performance.

  19. Darcy says:

    Um… what???  Who yells?  In this day and age, who YELLS??  Even if she IS used to teaching children… she YELLS at them?  I would have been laughing… often I need to instigate the \’no looking rule\’ with the people around me, because in situs such as that, I would find it so humorous, that should I \’look\’ at someone, the end woudl be near and I would actually expire from laughing… it isn\’t that I think her yelling at you is funny… I think her yelling at all is outrageous, and therefore hysterical…
    I would have yelled at her back… just to prove my point… but that\’s just me…

  20. K says:

    Dayum… WTF????  I hope you sent that on in… and at least to her immediate supervisors… because that is totally unacceptable.  Oh no hell no…

  21. Nooner™ says:

    Whoops, this day didn\’t go well. Hopefully, there was an Evaluation Form to fill in. If not, this does quite nicely. Mail it in.
    Now for a lighter note .. It\’s RE the outfit redo, and who has been "keeping track" .. lol .. Now, that\’s funny .. lol .. I\’m now seriously tempted to cut and paste the What She Wore into an Excel program and reading them back to you next year .. lol.

  22. Unknown says:

    YIKES!!!  I hate classes like that, where the instructor is so condescending.  Glad you survived it!
    God bless : )

  23. Unknown says:

    Well stated!    Amen to that!

  24. Alicia says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!  Did you actually give or send her this letter?  If not, I TRULY think you should!!!
    HUGS!!  🙂

  25. SomedayQuilter says:

    Very good, isn\’t it nice to have a place to vent?  I\’ve come to the conclusion after many years as a parent and school volunteer that there are some people who simply shouldn\’t be teaching and I sometimes wonder why they are.   

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