My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 24, 2016

Staff meeting fun #SOL16 24/31

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Working at an elementary school can be lots of fun.  Besides the fun quotes from the kids, the grown ups you work with can make your environment enjoyable. (See Sloth Week Silliness).

Our principal is a great guy - he tries to keep our staff meetings moving along.  It's best if he can get someone to keep the notes while he talks because it's tricky to do both.  I usually volunteer to take notes so I can keep my brain from wandering off.  I like to keep in the conversation and have some fun, too!

Today I created a Google doc and our principal displayed the doc from his computer on the smartboard.  Someone asked me if the Google doc showed live updates, I replied with, "Hi Stephanie!" on the doc.  Later I was changing line items as we went along, adding smiling faces and symbols for a bit of fun.  When we talked about signaling your class for attention, the 4th grade team suggested "BooYah, Grandma!" so I made sure that was in big print on the screen.

Another way to have fun at a staff meeting is to have a book giveaway.  For our reading night, we spent some building funds on books for our students who attended.  I brought a pile of books to our staff meeting today.  It always makes me smile when people get excited about a $4 Scholastic paperback.  

My favorite way of having fun at staff meetings is to play Kahoot!  I've made little silly quizzes at during the meeting (as a review).  Then we all pull out our cell phones at the end to play.  It's always surprising when some of our quietest staff members become the most competitive!


  1. I love these suggestions for making a staff meeting fun. I dread ours, because they are all business. I too like to take notes to stay focused and often do just for myself.

  2. So glad your new school is the new "happy place: . . . you deserve it! Still taking notes at staff meetings ;-)

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! I like when people can insert fun like that into work. Sometimes I hear people complain that it's a waste of time.... but I think it's the opposite. :-)

  4. I really enjoyed your slice. I actually found you through an old page on my computer when looking for something else. So glad I did, though! So many slicers, hard to get to know and read everyone this year! I used you post today to launch off on my own. (Here's a link in case you want to check it out - Thanks so much for being an INSPIRATION!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you tried Kahoot! It's a little confusing, but once you've got the gist you will be set to liven up any gathering. :)

  5. That sounds like a lot of fun! My staff meetings are not that much fun. I love reading your slices!

  6. It sounds like you're having fun and keeping everyone organized! I love that you're keeping the "play" in work!! Enjoy your spring week.

  7. Meetings can be mundane and boring, but you're making them more interested for all involved. So happy to read that you're enjoying your new school