My latest assignment is a great example. I have spent much of this past week, reading the articles, sorting through ideas, planning a presentation. Mind you, my presentation was required to be a PowerPoint emailed to my professor, there is no actual "presenting" going on. But even the idea that I could creat the plan she desired, demonstrate it in PowerPoint and never have real or imagined input from the staff I am leading goes against all we are supposedly demonstrating we've learned. So I stress.
I spend much of The Mister's birthday and several hours today putting the final product together. I mumble the whole time because I don't know how to demonstrate my learning in a medium that directly contradicts my learning. But, I finally cry, "Uncle!" and turn it in. I remark to The Mister that despite my streak of perfect scores, this one is going to bomb.
Within a couple hours, my professor has emailed me back. I needn't worry, apparently. Her comment was, "What a great job! From the cool blue background and the great and unusual font to quotes that really said what you wanted, you set a tone that would be great for the rest of the year!"
So, nothing about the communication plan I laid out? Nothing about the steps necessary for building a collaborative team spirit? Nothing about whether I was on track or not with my role as facilitator? Nope. Cool background. Unusual font. Great.
While it would seem another A will be in store for me for this class (and next, I have the same professor again) I wish these people would just let me write them a check and give me a degree. Clearly all it takes to be a good principal is to use outdated presentation tools with basic templates that come with the program and infuse your presentation with quotes about communication and conflict that you got from a Google search. The rest? Unnecessary.