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As an administrator, how do I motivate teachers?

Mar 6, 2013 1:51pm

As an administrator, how do I motivate teachers to press forward after a huge unannounced lay-off today? Our building now only has 10 general elementary education teachers; no gym, art, or electives; and larger class sizes! Today, I need guidance on improving the school climate and culture; before the tension starts to transfer to the students.

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology / Other
  • Pre K-12
  • Assessment / Behavior / Celebrating Teachers / Class Culture / Collaboration / Common Core / Differentiation / Digital Literacy / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Mar 8, 2013 10:48pm

      Erin you may find that providing a "space" for your teachers to grieve for the loss they have experienced is a critical step in recovering and moving on.

      • Mar 9, 2013 9:56pm

        Geez that is tough. I would think that the kids would already be feeling it too, especially in cases where their teacher was the one let go. Maybe everyone needs to know that you believe in them and are there to help them get through this as a team?

        • Mar 12, 2013 7:43am

          I like the letter of recommendation suggestion, that is sure to add a sense of compassion to the situation. Thank you.

          • Jun 4, 2013 4:23pm

            Thank you for asking this! What motivates me more is when someone, and it doesn't have to be any administrator, lets me know how well I am doing in privacy. A note of thanks goes a long way. I prefer being acknowledged privately as opposed to being out there in a meeting. That's just me though.

            • Sep 1, 2013 2:16pm

              As a classroom teacher and vice principal, I feel most valued when someone recognizes the "little things" that I've done. I try to do that with my staff and ensure that they have time to process the challenges that we face, especially when they are beyond our control.

              • Mar 12, 2013 7:47am

                Thank you everyone for your support and suggestions. Our school has begun moving forward, we have a grief and crisis team meeting with teachers and students today regarding some of the happenings of our school.