*MAKING YOUR SCHOOL BETTER*
Method Three of Three:
Making the School Better as Faculty or Staff
*Encourage a collaborative atmosphere*. Collaborate with other teachers on lesson plans and trips. Think of ways that you can collaborate with administration and other teachers to develop a more positive and meaningful atmosphere for your students.
*Become friends with other staff*. Socialize with staff outside of school to build stronger and healthier relationships with them. It will create a friendlier, positive attitude among the teachers and faculty in the school. Attend staff and faculty events or organize a night out with other teachers or staff members.
You can say something like “Hey a couple of teachers and I are planning on going to Joe’s Crab Shack this Friday. Are you interested in coming with us?”
*Speak positively about what’s going on at your school*. Instead of talking negatively about events or plans at the school, stay positive. It’s easy to get bogged down in daily complaints and criticisms. Instead of going along with other faculty or teachers’ negative outlook on issues in the school, try to look at the positive.
For instance, if there is construction happening in the school you can say something like, “Well at least we’ll have a bigger and better school once it’s done!”
*Give the students the ability to make meaningful change*. Empowering students to make their own decisions will encourage them to make your school a better place. Give students a certain level of autonomy once you assign a project or task. The more that they can control something, the more invested they will become.
You can inspire students by saying something like, “I want the students to have control over where the Poet Society goes. I want to give you the power to dictate what the club will do in the future, and I have full confidence in you.”
Collaborative atmosphere. Collaborate with other teachers on lesson plans and trips. Think of ways that you can collaborate with administration and other teachers to develop a more positive and meaningful atmosphere for your students.