I have an idea, but it obviously didn't play out last week, anyway.
Here in the U.S., the job has changed, and is changing. Longer hours, more duties, more responsibilities, more mandates, less respect, less professional discretion...all amounts to teachers who have spent too long on the job already, and don't want to spend more time chatting.
And there is less to say. When your district is busy scripting and mandating your every second and breath, what are you going to talk about? What the script said today?
The only real conversations I've been interested in having revolve around acting to take my profession back from destructive politics. This isn't a political forum, so I haven't spent time here doing that.
I do have plenty of current topics to discuss, but all of them revolve right back to current legislation, mind-set, mandates, and lack of resources.
All of my attention, energy, and focus is directed on trying to make something positive happen in my classroom each day, which is becoming more and more challenging as more and more mandates and budget cuts come down. And I just will not "chat" about the mandated scripted programs/curriculums that make me want to gag, scream, or kick something.
The focus of conversation in the staff lounge yesterday? A group of veteran teachers who all unanimously agreed; they would not recommend teaching to any young person looking for a career.
Perhaps the way to breathe life back into these forums would be to breathe life, and hope, back into the profession.