Workshops are pretty grim, but at least there is a small chance of learning something useful. Teachers’ meetings are another kettle of fish.
There are two types of teachers’ meeting. In Type A the DOS tells everyone to pull their socks up. In Type B certain teachers see it as their chance to “have a go” at authority.
Type A is preferable, because you can drift off. There is something soporific about the DOS’s voice as it drones on about unpunctuality, incomplete lesson notes, etc.
Type B meetings are more stressful, because mouthy teachers (of whom, strangely, there is no shortage in ELT) harangue the DOS about the timetable, salaries, annual leave, computers, lavatories and so on. If you do not participate or at least nod vigorously at each fresh accusation, you will be accused of selling out.
Most DOSes, of course, could not care less what teachers think about anything. However, if the school has sent them on a management training course, they will endeavour to hide this fact. They will crane forward in their chairs, frown with concentration and nod a lot.
The rule for teachers’ meetings is this: Say nothing at all. If asked directly for your opinion, look wise, smile and say, “Well...”, as if the question was really a bit too simplistic. You will get a reputation as a dark horse.
Draw a 4x4 grid and fill it with things your DOS is likely to do during the meeting. Other players should have the same things in different cells. The first to get a line of 4 wins. Example:
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