i simply have to do better

10 Sep

anyone who has spent any appreciable amount of time with me will tell you that i’m just not a ‘rah rah’ kind of person, my glass is just half full and i’m ok with that.  i would hope that i don’t fall straight into the realms of ‘debbie downer’ or ‘danny downer’ as it were, but i’m not going to hit the emotional highs and lows that maybe others tend to hit.  my students used to give me a hard time and tell me that i had no emotions, which was a bit of a joke because i laughed with them and got irritated with them as much as the next teacher, but it was never much of a problem to keep my emotions in check, but i digress.  the big team had an off site meeting today to set the tone for the year and get excited, i’m sure you know this type where people have lots of fun and have the chance to do a little bonding.  i’m happy that people enjoy themselves and if the day is productive then i’m pleased as well, but i found myself dreading this day and i think it’s because i just can’t ‘get into it’.  i did my best to keep the mood light and not try to sour anyone’s good time, but those types of meetings just aren’t my cup of tea and i don’t think there is anything wrong with it.  i’m sure that the people who love these types of meetings dread other types of meetings that i enjoy…although i’m really not coming up with anything concrete with this one just hazarding a guess.  in addition to several frustrations throughout the day, i was pleased to hear that we will be reading ‘the 5 dysfunctions of a team’, of which i believe i blogged about a while back.  in an odd bit of coincidence, my displeasure at certain types of meetings is the focus of a book by the very same author.  i hope we can get somewhere with this book study, i don’t feel comfortable saying that the large team i work with is dysfunctional, but i can say with certainty that we aren’t functioning at full capacity.  the good news, book study meetings i like 🙂


Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “i simply have to do better

  1. Heather Tate

    September 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I just finished reading the book and truly enjoyed it and make connections. I am looking forward to our book study. The fact that it is a fable bugs me. That nagging feeling of “Yeah, right, it WORKED in a fable but what about real like?”

  2. Heather Tate

    September 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, I really need to proof read before I send. Please replace make with made and like with life.

  3. texasbuckeye

    September 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    the book struck a chord with me in terms of the teams in which i am currently a part of, but i think i would stop short of saying i enjoyed it. i think there is real value in looking critically at what we do, but when you realize there is a problem, its tough to meet head on. well, i suppose this book study will allow that. i hope it is better attended than the last 2 (grading, brain rules), by the last session or two there weren’t many of the team there. considering the impact this book study has the potential to have…


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