Do you go to faculity meetings?

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Do you go to faculity meetings?

No never
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Some times
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Yes every week
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Labbie
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Do you go to faculity meetings?

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Please just out of interest, do you go to faculity meetings?
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Sassi
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Hi Sue,

I said no never, however I have been to one faculty meeting to demonstrate the use of the camera microscope, but since they have a meeting every week, that cannot count as 'sometimes'... I would like to be able to go, I have actually asked to come next week as the teachers have been winging about practical requests and the need of 24hrs notice, i would like to be there to explain my point of view. But i think it would definetly benefit us from being part of the faculty meetings, to feel like you are a valued member, at the moment I am being treated like the hired help by most of the teachers. And that shits me, big time!

Sass :)
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Post by Judy R »

In 20 yrs of being a Lab Tech I have the policy of not attending either staff meetings or faculty meetings.
If we have new equipment I organise a time and demonstrate to the staff in a lab.
I attend the general staff meeting at the start of Term 1 and that is it.
My experience has been that it is predominately teaching stuff at these meetings and a waste of my time.The HOD lets me know anything i need to know.
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Have never been, write down any complaints I have and pass onto HT to deliver, doesn't mean they alway take notice. All meeting are after 3.30 p.m. and sorry I'm out of here, got better things to do.
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We don't have faculty meetings very often, but sometimes I go. The HT usually makes sure the stuff I need to be involved with is at the start of the meeting and then I take off when they get on to the teacher stuff. They usually only have the meetings when there is something specific that needs discussion and I just take the time out of my hours, so if it goes for half an hour past when I usually finish then I start half an hour late or leave half an hour early another day.
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Post by Maverick »

We only have one faculty meeting per term as we have a set programme for all the teachers, for each year level, year after year and yes I do go to faculty meetings. I think it is very important to go and I concure with what you said Sue. A perfect place to have discussions about issues and hopefully get some resolution to them there face to face. I would encourage you to go if possible and to try and take the "I" out of "team" from the teachers. All the best.
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We have faculty meetings every second week to which I am invited and expected to attend. In fact, the first item on the agenda is the Lab Assistant's Report!! That is my chance to demonstrate, explain, request, plead, etc. It seems to depend largely on the HOD as to whether I am requested/allowed to attend these meetings. The alternate weeks there are general staff meetings which I do not attend.

We also have a SASS meeting/morning tea each Tuesday where information from the executive meeting on Monday afternoon is disseminated.

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Post by kimmy »

We have a faculty meeting once a fortnight which I attend - find it very helpfull to know what is going on in the science area in genereal and always manage to put my two bobs worth in, sometimes wanted :thumbup: sometimes not [-X .
Have a whole school meeting once a week during second break which attend when can. Find it helps to know what is going on in the school in other areas not only in my own little world #-o .
Dont have SASS meetings very often as we have lunch together :drunk: most days so any problems we seem to let steam off over lunch :coffee: . Maybe not a good idea but it seems to work so why not.
I also type up Exec minutes so that keeps me up to date on that info.

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Post by trish armstrong »

I from day one was told there was no need for me to go to these meetings, I think its the facualtys way of keeping me like a mushroom. Last to know anything but always the first whos asked to fix or organise any problems.
Sometimes in stressful times I can feel its them against me!
But its what I am used to now, so I like my schedule just how it is. And It sometimes is an advantage being a mushroom.
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Post by sunray18 »

Up until this year I was expected to attend AND take the minutes.
This year I only attend when the HOD tells me she wants me there.
I NEVER attend Staff meetings because they are after school.
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trish armstrong wrote:I from day one was told there was no need for me to go to these meetings, I think its the facualtys way of keeping me like a mushroom. Last to know anything but always the first whos asked to fix or organise any problems.
Sometimes in stressful times I can feel its them against me!
But its what I am used to now, so I like my schedule just how it is. And It sometimes is an advantage being a mushroom.
Trish.
Yes from day one was also told the same thing, please keep it coming folks, so very interesting.

Thank you all so much
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I can attend both Staff and Faculity meeting. In saying that there is know pressure to either way to attend or not! I go depending on what is on the agenda and I am free do leave when things move onto teacher stuff!

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Post by labman »

When I started at this school last year, I was invited to the first faculty meeting, introduced to the staff, then the staff were told that they were very lucky to have me( I filled the position the day before school started) and to be nice.
Since then, I am invited to, and attend our fortnightly meetings, and I give a quick update of any new equipment, or any other info or issues. Even though the meetings are held outside my working hours, I make the effort to attend, because they make an effort to make me feel part of the Science Faculty. Like Rosalie, I can then take any time banked up, off at other times.
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Post by lizzieb »

At our school all meetings are scheduled in school time, after sport, & although they can run over, usually everyone's very keen to get away on time!
All staff are expected to attend full staff meetings (monthly), but if it's teacher oriented and goes later than 3.30, I leave.
Faculty meetings are fortnightly, and I now alternate between Science and SASS, or choose if one is more important that week.
I was also in the 'never been invited boat' for my first 4 1/2 years here, then I got the courage to insist (with SAM's backing), as decisions were being made in my absence and without prior consultation, which directly affected my work. I made sure that I always took something to do (eg. making up new leads) so that there could be no complaint that I wasn't working(!), and anything involving my input was put at the head of the agenda, so I could leave the staff room as soon as I liked.
Since the change of HT things are vastly improved - I am totally included in meetings, consulted about anything relevant to my role, and treated as an equal.
In fact, HT even quoted the 'happy labbie, happy faculty' idea to me today, off the cuff, with absolutely no idea about this thread!! I managed to keep a straight face! Yep, it's now a really friendly atmosphere, and I look forward to going to work each day....we-ell, nearly every day... now if only we could fix the condition of the faculty in general .... oh, and the virtually non-existent budget .... and the stairs .... chemstore.... maybe take a few years off me .... blah blah blah....
Liz

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I have never been invited to a faculty meeting. If I asked my HOD I'm sure he would say yes come along but I think it would be a waste of my time as it is all teacher orientated.

If there is something I want put forward I tell my HOD and he does it for me, it would mean more coming from him as well.

Nope I have been treated like a mushroom from day one which in some ways is how I like it, my office is downstairs (all on my own :cry2: ) and their staffroom is upstairs. I join them for lunch once or twice a week and on staff birthdays. Gets a bit lonely sometimes but all they talk about is teacher related stuff and I have nothing to contribute. I eat with admin staff more then science.
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