I have recently been doing a lot of thinking about how we use time in schools, and I have come to the sobering conclusion that we don’t use time – we abuse time.
One way that we abuse time is meetings. Many times, in my 7 years of teaching, I have attended meetings that have blatantly abused the time of everybody in the room. I believe that anyone proposing to hold a meeting should go through the following thought-process:
I am about to take time away from people.
Do I really need to take time away from people?
Are there alternative, more “time-smart” methods of doing what I hoped to do in a meeting?
If I do need to hold a meeting, how will I make sure the time I take away from people is time well-spent?
I think this simple process would help, what do you think? Do you know any schools that are trying to do something along these lines?