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If You Don't Feed The Teacher's
Transcript of If You Don't Feed The Teacher's
They Eat The Students !
By: Neila A. Connors "The best teacher is the one who
NEVER forgets what it is like to be
a student. The best administrator is
the one who NEVER forgets
what it is like to be a teacher." Whetting Your Appetite-
The Menu, Please! Chapter 1 The Administrator as
Pass the P's, Please! Chapter Four Chapter 5
(Meaningful Experiences Affecting Long-term Success of a Great School This book is for anyone who agrees that teaching is the most important profession there is. It is also for well-adjusted leaders in positions to implement the suggestions in the book. It is for anyone wanting to make a difference. Chapter One A well adjusted leader ...
1. cares and is concerned for others
2. desires to be successful
3. is able to handle stress
4. has a general feeling of good health
5. thinks logically
6. has fun! Chapter Two The Need To Feed When administrators make it a priority to treat teachers with respect, recognize their invaluable contributions, and realize teachers are their best allies, wonderful things happen.
Leaders use teachers as resources to:
1. serve as solution finders
2. provide feedback
3. spread the good word
4. share their talents
5. provide support To make a school successful, teachers should take the time to applaud, support, and recognize great leadership. Magnificent support systems are foundations for excellence and progress school-wide. Chapter Three Creating The Ambiance-
Preparing To Dine A positive school ambiance is one in which the leaders work diligently to establish
and maintain a place where people want to be. The leaders continually
monitor, assess, and/or enhance elements of a positive school climate such as:
1. Physical, intellectual, emotional, and social safety.
3. Positive attitudes combined with talent.
4. Open communication that is ongoing and involves everyone.
5. Building positive and caring relationships based on respect, trust, professionalism,
compassion, collaboration, and nurturing.
6. Active participation by all
7. Positive public relations Strategies for a healthy and happy climate:
1. Plan "me time" and "we time."
2. View problems as challenges.
3. Don't be a finger-pointer.
4. Analyze your stresses and frustrations.
5. Set personal and professional goals.
6. Do not vegetate, procrastinate, or negativate.
7. Have positive role models and mentors.
8. Don't spend your time trying to pin jell-o to walls.
9. Posture yourself as a proud and confident professional.
10. Don't ever stop playing and laughing. Great administrators are like great chefs. They both spend an inordinate amount of time preparing, planning, and visioning before they cook or implement. The best "CHEFS" of a school exhibit the following P's. Positive attitudes, pleasing personalities, passion for their profession, purpose, patience, persistence, people-oriented, prepared, present, prompt, praising, problem- solvers, procrasti-blasters, pressure players, performance-based, proactive and productive, and parent and public-minded. Leaders who feed their teachers consistently are aware of what needs to be in place to be successful.They focus on:
Humor In a well fed school, a high attendance is predominant, positive attitudes flourish, communication is effortless and ongoing, a sense of ownership is widespread, and community pride is evidenced. A well fed school is a respectful school school where everybody IS somebody. Chapter 6
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen! Leaders set the tone for dealing with stress. A stressed-out administrator creates a stressed-out staff, who cause stress-out students, who cause stress-out parents.
Caring leaders make time to talk about stress, find ways to relieve stress, and provide stress-reducing opportunities. People fall into two categories: S.A.N.E. (Self-disciplined And Nurturing Enthusiasts) and D.U.C.K.S. (Dependent Upon Criticizing and Killing Success). S.A.N.E. people have and use strategies to deal with stress and situations, whereas the D.U.C.K.S. complain about things in a loud and relentless way.
Leaders must learn to be stress-busters and have a SENSE of Humor which will enable them to help others deal with their stress. A Happy school is a "Happening" school. LAUGH! Chapter 7
(Defining Experinces Structured to Support, Encourage, and Reward Teachers' Spirit) Employees want to feel appreciated, respected, empowered, and valued. When a leader takes the time to communicate, care, collaborate, and FEED a staff, amazing results occur. The leader's goal should be to have teacher and staff appreciation on an ongoing basis. Take a look at some D.E.S.S.E.R.T.S. that are calorie free and worth all the effort: *Faculty Birthday Party Celebrations
*"Another Great Week"get-togethers with coffee and snacks
*Monthly wellness sessions and updates
*Swap classrooms and/or assignments for a day or week
*Principal for the day
**Design a faculty cookbook
*Post-it note therapy
*Place a little something in each staffs' mailbox
*Be sincere when giving feedback
These are just a few of the 150 D.E.S.S.E.R.T.S. to share . Chapter 8
The Check, Please! For the Grand Finale, let's go over some essential points that contribute to both our personal and professional well-being:
1. Take care of yourself
3. Be Kind
4. Always focus on what is best for the students
5. Regard change as an adventure
6. Have a compelling mission and vision
7. Validate importance and value
8.Believe and depend upon teams
9.Banish the blame game
10. Never stop dreaming, imagining, and soaring with the E.A.G.L.E.S. The Need To Feed