Saturday, February 04, 2012

Why There Are No Teachers in Heaven Today

A teacher died and went to heaven.

St. Peter welcomed her in and said he would show her to her place in heaven. The first neighborhood was lovely. People were out on the park-like lawns, socializing, barbequing, playing golf on a beautifully landscaped golf course, and having a fine time.

"Oh, this is wonderful," says the school teacher to St. Peter, "Is this where I'll be staying?" "No, this is the doctors' area," replied St. Peter.

 They continue the journey and come to another beautiful neighborhood. Again everyone is outside socializing. People are on tennis courts, swimming in pools, etc.

"My, this IS paradise," gushed the teacher, "Is this my neighborhood?"

 "No, no, the teacher's area is next."

 They move on among the clouds until they reach an equally beautiful neighborhood, but no one is outside. No one is visible anywhere and the houses appear to be closed and empty. "Well, here we are," said St. Peter with a smile,

"Isn't this a fine place to be?" "Yes," replied the teacher with noticeable disappointment in her voice. "Don't many teachers make it to heaven? I don't see anyone else here?" 

"Sure, we get lots of teachers. Don't worry they'll all be here tomorrow. They're all in Hell for another day of Professional Development."

Funny and yet, sad but true. What are YOU doing to keep your teachers from feeling like they are in Hell during PD? Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Photo Credit: morgueFile - Anita Patterson


TJ Shay said...

I tweeted this earlier today, ""The thought of hell does not scare me at all for I have sat through professional meetings & there is no way hell is worse." TJ Shay

I was sitting in PD at the U where I adjunct...

Mark Dunk said...

Not sure who should get credit for this one: When I die, I hope it is during an in-service because the transition will be so subtle.

Peter Price said...

Brilliant! But what a sad commentary on PD as it is experienced by teachers. I'm taking note for when I am asked to lead my next session of PD.

Unknown said...

I love this! And I hope that when I become a teacher I am part of the solution. I hope that I can show my students how to use technology and blogging as a way to collaborate and connect with others. Technology is such a great tool to use in classrooms and meetings.

Anonymous said...

This is so true. There are so many teachers who believe that their time is better spent in their own classroom preparing lesson plans or catching up on grading papers.