Over the years, the school might change, the people certainly come and go, but what remains constant is the various types of learners present in these day long learning fests. Please feel free to add any that I may have missed.
1. The Super Teacher
This person is the all-star. The gung-ho. One of the more annoying people you can possibly be around. The Super Teacher generally knows the answer to every question the presenter asks, and will freely spew out their knowledge and expertise. The Super Teacher is very engaged, typically sits towards the front of the room, and is about the only person in the room that seems like they genuinely enjoy being there. On the bright side, this person is wonderful to sit by on those fun days like GT day, when there's tons of small group work followed by group presentations. Do yourself a favor. If there's large pieces of paper and markers on the table, sit by Super Teacher. They will do all of the work, do the presentation, and make your day so much easier.
2. The Questioner
This person is basically a Super-Teacher wannabe. Often sitting in close proximity to the Super-Teacher, they really don't have a good grasp on any of the subject matter, but they're also super engaged and tend to ask a ton of questions of the presenter. The answer has usually already been covered, but the Questioner enjoys hearing their own voice and doesn't seem to care that the rest of the room is rolling their eyes and sighing heavily. Many times the Questioner will be answered by Super-Teacher, leaving presenter standing awkardly at the front of the room muttering an occasional "yeah, uh-huh".
3. The Coach's Table
Ah, so many riches at this table. You can easily identify the coach's table by quickly scanning the back of the room and locating the group of unshaven men wearing athletic shorts and matching polos/school color shirts. One or two of these fellas will most certainly be wearing a whistle around their neck, because you never know when a spontaneous athletic competition may break out and need some refereeing. Two or three of these gentlemen will have out their laptop, watching football plays on loop. You can spot the first year coach by their backwards visor with their sunglasses perched on the back of their head. There is a high likelihood of full gallon jug of water sitting on their table.
4. The Jokester
Another very common character is guy who has a wisecrack about everything. Usually not at all interested in the subject being presented, it's all about getting a laugh from the fellow co-workers. This person is often spotted sitting at the coach's table.
5. Math Table
Usually sitting towards the front of the room, much giggling occurs from this group. Typically females and one or two quiet guys, they'll be dressed professionally but not TOO professionally. They'll be respectful of the presentation, and do their part to chime in when needed. They are quick to add up the numbers on any presentation slide that includes numbers and percentages, anxiously trying to find the example that does not add up to a perfect 100%.
6. The English Table
Closely related to The Math Table, with a couple of exceptions. They will be dressed much more professionally, often containing one lady wearing a suit style jacket. Instead of looking for percentages, they will be scouring every slide in search of typos and grammatical errors, of which there will be many. Upon finding said errors, they will curl up their faces as if they caught a whiff of someone passing gas. Unless they happen to be sitting near the Coach's Table, in which case they actually might be smelling some passed gas.
7. The Potpourri Table
This is where the teachers who don't fall into a specific content area gather. Generally the band director will be found here, along with theatre, art, photojournalism, and sometimes AG teachers. When the presenter or principal decides to split up the tribes into subject areas to dissect testing data, the Potpourri Table groans as they are placed into groupings that they have little to no interest in. 99% of inservices serve no purpose whatsoever to the members of the Potpourri Table.
8. Frequent Bathroom Guy
Much like every class has that one kid that always has a violent need to go to the bathroom, teacher inservice will also have that one person who constantly gets up to escape the brutality of these marathon sessions of learning. Many times this person will again come from the Coach's Table(the one with the gallon of water in front of them). This may be the actual smartest person in the room.
On the bright side, this will be 5 days of inservice down, 13 more to go for the school year. Plenty of time to keep an eye out for new additions to the list. Thanks, District of Innovation!