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The Basics of Teacher Team Building-Part 1

As a new school Principal, Mr. Mitchell was checking over his school on the first day. Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day.

The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox. Cautiously, he asked the school’s long time Custodian, “Do you think it’s wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?”

The Custodian looked at him gravely… “We trust them with the children, don’t we?” he said.

When we are in front of other staff, do we create negative impressions? If we create positive impressions, how hard is it to do? Our facial muscles for smiling that we use have 52 muscles but when we frown, only 17 muscles are used. So, to us, it is easier to frown? When employees react to your frown, they may feel, sometimes, that their self-esteem was assaulted. How do we handle this?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 22, 2015. And yet, teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians. They have an average Life Evaluation Index score of 68.8, besting workers in most other types of jobs, including managers and executives, nurses, and business owners.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., K-12 schoolteachers who are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” at work miss an estimated 2.3 million more workdays than teachers who are “engaged” in their jobs.

Finally, a third recent Gallup poll, on Education Week, revealed that teacher engagement starts low and gets worse over time. And while teachers may be considered more engaged than some other professions, research suggests that teachers are less engaged than their students.

This is the story of 4 people named everybody, somebody, anybody, and nobody. There was an important job to be done and everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Somebody got angry with that because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought that anybody could do it but nobody realized that everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done!

Next week, we will look at a short evaluation on rating your school as we continue with “The Basics of Teacher Team Building!”

In closing I want to “thank” everyone for their support when my mom passed away December 27, 2015! Her Memorial Service on JANUARY 7, 2016 was a blessing!

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