Every Administrator and Principal knows that it is important to motivate staff and faculty. These efforts are fundamental to individual performance, group productivity, maintaining a positive school culture and atmosphere…. but how do you do it? Here are some fresh new ideas that will go a long way and won’t dent the budget.
Take Every Opportunity To Give Verbal Praise
- In private
- In a team meeting
- In an informal grouping
- During a classroom observation
- In small group conversations in the lunch room
Here are also some fun things to try:
- Give teachers the opportunity to showcase student successes, and credit successes back to their teaching style.
- Have fun! Post a sticky note on their door letting them know they are doing a great job.
- Ask their advice whenever you can. Then give credit to them.
- Be friendly. Greet your staff when you see them. Ask how things are going.
- Having doughnuts in the faculty lounge never hurts!
- Ask for suggestions.
- Say, “Thank you!” Let your teachers know you appreciate them.
- Compliment them on a particular classroom project or student accomplishment.
- Recognize teachers and staff in a newsletter, memo, or other school communication.
- Communicate the achievements of your teachers to other schools in your district. Or to the Superintendent and parents!
- Throw together “Teacher Survival Packs” for back-to-school, finals, or holiday times, stuffed with inexpensive kick-knacks.
- Let staff see you picking up trash in the cafeteria and other day-to-day tasks. Be part of the team!
- Have small fundraisers that raise funds for all-staff banquets or parties. How about a $2 jean day?
- Treat everyone as if they are the most important member of your faculty.
- Give awards and commendations such as a wall plaque, a certificate, or even a blog badge!
- Provide social outlets. Bring people together for potlucks, after-work wine and cheese parties, or put together a picnic. Make a speech about the staff and recognize individual accomplishments.
- Upgrade their technology when you can.
- Drop feel-good cards or inexpensive gifts in teachers’ mailboxes.
- Hey… fresh coffee isn’t a bad idea either!
Let us know how applying these ideas made a difference in your school.
Do you agree or disagree? What else would you add to the list? Go ahead and share your own ideas in the comments.