- January 24, 2017 at 1:57 PM #6381
What activities have you found effective in helping individual classroom teachers to truly feel that they are each part of one school with a common vision and purpose rather than each operating a functionally independent “mini school” in their respective classrooms?
- March 6, 2017 at 3:29 PM #8795
That was a great question….I will be listening 🙂
- March 18, 2017 at 5:05 PM #12333
Mark A. Miller@markmiller
One of the simple things we did was to put several couches in the entrance and encourage teachers to bring work along to do after the buses leave, they stay and chat with each other while working on grading or end of day work. I think it encourages a culture of teamwork. I also encourage them to bring problems they face in the classroom to the weekly staff meeting where they can ask other teachers for input rather than bringing them to me as principal.
- March 20, 2017 at 9:04 PM #12350
Last Friday evening we held our school’s spring program. Today we had staff meeting at McDonalds; celebration should be an important part of a staff’s corporate life. “Plan” moments of joy and spontaneity.
- March 28, 2017 at 3:52 PM #12399
Jonas SauderModeratorOriginal Poster@jonas
At dismissal time, we teachers typically accompanied our students to the door and saw them off, leaving us gathered informally in the lobby when the students left. Some of those chat times were quite rejuvenating as one or more of us shared tidbits from the day. Sometimes a teacher dashed back to the classroom to get a student’s composition or art work that she just had to share with someone else because it was so well written. Sometimes a teacher shared an idea he was cooking up for a project or assignment. Sharing it helps you to envision it better, and also invites your fellow staff to ask you later how it turned out. Informal chat times can be as valuable as the best-planned formal staff meetings–in their own way. It does take discipline to not have them eat up too much of those valuable minutes between dismissal and teacher-going-home time.
- December 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM #41602
I’ve been pondering this question lately. In our school setting there tends to be a divide (not a division but just not interconnectedness) between the high school staff and the elementary staff. This happens because most of the high school staff is part time and teaching a couple hours a week is only a small part of what they do. They tend to not linger around the school building more than necessary.
However, over my teaching career the staff has had varying degrees of rapport. Currently we enjoy a great deal of rapport and I’ve been contemplating what makes it so. Over the past few years several of our teachers have been from out of the area with no immediate family here. School and those associated with it have become their home and their attention is not pulled away by as many other things. This creates a core for connectedness to revolve around. We also have a staff room in which we tend to congregate immediately after school for the informal coffee time chat and snacks. We have a parent body who does a good job with food treats or we teachers may bring things for snacks. Food is always a good teambuilder. We will sometimes do things outside of school together such as a shopping trip, going out to eat for supper, or attending other schools’ programs together. Last year the school board and teachers stayed overnight at an Air B and B together enroute to a teacher conferance. This was a good time of getting to know each other outside of school.
For rapport to be built each person needs to give of himself. If one is only concerned about his affairs he doesn’t connect well with others.
- December 11, 2017 at 7:07 AM #41606
We have what we call staff devotions every day from 7:55 to about 8:10. (Students enter the classrooms beginning at 8:15, and classes begin at 8:30.) Each staff member takes a turn being in charge for the week. On Mondays we share what happened over the weekend, on Tuesdays we pray for our school families, on Wednesdays and Thursdays we read a passage from the Bible or a devotional book, and on Fridays we sing. There’s always an opportunity to request prayer for the challenges we’re facing, and to express gratitude for good things. This has gone a long way toward keeping us connected with each other.
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