I’m taking an improv comedy class this spring (yeah, I’m a nerd – you already knew that, right?) and one of the games we were taught actually provides the perfect strategy to cope with any tedious meeting we’re required to attend.

Last week, it was time to discuss evidence requirements for our annual PLPs (professional learning plans, for those of you behind on your edu-speak), and as my eyes started to glaze I remembered the Last Letter game. Every time you speak, you must begin the first word of your first sentence with the last letter of the last word spoken to you.

An example of how it rolled…

And so it went for the rest of the meeting, which zipped by because my game-for-one required total focus. (Imagine the fun if you and your teacher bestie were in on the joke.) On a similar note, have you seen the spectacularly snarky Faculty Bingo Card created by Love, Teach? It’s hi-larious, but I haven’t ever had the nerve to whip one out during an actual meeting. For now, I think I’ll stick with Last Lettering.

Note: If you are one of my building administrators, I never did this in any of our meetings. The game’s only ever used with those other administrators. Promise.

Teach on, everyone!

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  1. This is great for ANY and ALL tedious meetings. I have many, and will definitely applying this tactic…um, technique. On a side note, I’m thinking the building administrators will be “watching” for future last lettering.

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  2. Yes, Crystal, I’m afraid I may have blown my own cover. Definitely worth it, though, if it helps anyone in my teacher tribe get through the day. 🙂

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  3. My husband and I are both teachers. I could hardly read the email to him because I was laughing so hard. I’m trying this for the next staff meeting. Thank you.

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  4. Awesome, Selina! Happy to share this important survival strategy. 🙂

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