by Aubrey Patterson
Have you ever sat in a meeting and wondered, "couldn't this have just been an email?"
We all have.
And we've all led or contributed items in a meeting with information that could have been better delivered without a captive audience who are all facing their own time-crunches.
Of course, there are times a leader needs to deliver information or a tough message with clarity, but common sense tells us that if we're going to bring people together, in most cases, it should be for shared expertise and contribution.
Uncommon sense maybe?
Other than delivering information ahead of time in an email, there are other tools we can use to win a battle with meetingitis.
Some teachers flip their lessons. Where it makes sense, they use tools like Screencastify or Loom so their students can watch the lesson and spend time in the classroom asking questions.
And this works really well for faculty meetings or when a small team is going to work on something in the near future.
Yes, teams can report back to the entire staff with a flipped video too!
Meetingitis is all too often a disease that is passed on from generation to generation in many schools and districts.
That said, it is a very preventable disease.