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The Basics of Teacher Team Building-Part 2-Evaluation

Is it hard to express your facial impressions without any body movements? What would a staff member see and feel? What staff usually read is the facial gesture combined with the body movement. If that is so, then children can feel it the same way! If you are not up-to-par in your day of teaching, will the children see it and take advantage of you? However, with your love for the children be felt by the class and everything will go well for the day?

After more than 50 years in the educational field of teaching, it seems that teacher’s moral; staff cohesiveness and school climate all have a greater impact on children’s learning than any other factors. Critical to engaging children in learning to the best of their abilities, are highly effective faculty, staff and leadership teams. That is why teacher team building is at the heart of any successful school. “Enthusiasm, pure and simple, should be one of the most highly prized traits of your staff… and it’s contagious!”

Does your school staff work together as a team or are you just doing your own thing everyday? Do you know what your duties are and do you follow through? Do you feel burnt out at times trying to figure out what to do with the children? Does children frustrate you at times? Do you struggle figuring what to do with the children by yourself or do you get the help you need? Do you think it would be easier for all the staff to work together and help each other? Wouldn’t it be nice to be part of a “we” team and not just an “I” doing it alone!”

Let’s evaluate and rate your school:

How do you feel about your progress at your school (circle rating)

1. School’s purpose

I’m uncertain 1 2 3 4 5 I’m clear

2. Working together with all the staff

I’m not uncertain 1 2 3 4 5 I’m certain

3. Communicating with all staff

I’m guarded 1 2 3 4 5 I’m very open

4. Working towards the same goals

I’m uncertain 1 2 3 4 5 I’m clear

5. Use of other staff skills

Poor use 1 2 3 4 5 Good use

6. Support

Little help from staff 1 2 3 4 5 High level of support from staff

7. Conflict

Difficult issues are avoided 1 2 3 4 5 Open discussions

8. Influence on decisions

Few staff involved 1 2 3 4 5 Total involvement

9. Working on relationships with others

Little effort 1 2 3 4 5 High level of effort

10. Useful feedback

Very little 1 2 3 4 5 Considerable

Wow to this evaluation!

Next week, “SO, WHY IS A TEAM SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE?”

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