Do you spend time encouraging others? Teaching is tough, and I don’t know why so many teachers make it harder on one another by hating on each other. Why do we talk about one another and pick at each other’s flaws when we could be one another’s biggest cheerleaders?
I am not completely blameless here. Falling into the trap of talking about others and tearing them down when I knew the whole while that I should be building them up has happened. This is what we try to instill in our students, so why is it so hard for us to do. I have a few theories on this but am no expert.
The truth is, happy teachers, encourage those that are around them because a happy person wants others to be happy too. Instead of breaking one another down and placing every action under the microscope why don’t we change our mindset and work to encourage one another. We can encourage each other to do better and be better.
Actively listen to what they have to say. Stop getting caught up in what you are doing! Don’t forget that others have things going on too. Take the time to ask a coworker how they are doing and really listen to the answer and respond thoughtfully.
Smile! It is amazing how just getting a smile from across the hallway can lift you up.
Write a positive note. Handwritten notes have kind of gone the way of the dodo bird, so they are that much more special when received. Personally, I have saved many quick notes that were just jotted down on a sticky because they said what I needed to hear at that moment in time.
Compliment them. Ideally, the comment would be something deep, but if you are struggling a compliment on someone’s appearance is always safe.
Recognize accomplishments. No matter how big or how small everyone deserves to have their achievements celebrated. There is nothing worse than feeling the high of success and no one else noticing. It doesn’t take much to recognize someone’s accomplishments. Find someone to give a simple high five, pat on the back, or general woohoo will get the job done!
Say Thank You
Say thank you. Let your coworkers know that you value them and their efforts. It goes a long way.
Value Their Time
Value their time. One of the easiest ways to encourage someone and let them know that they are valued is to tell them that you appreciate them spending their time on a task and respect that they have other things they could be doing. We are so busy as teachers when someone gives up their time to help with a task they deserve to be recognized.
Recognize people’s strengths and put them in appropriate leadership roles. Instead of just assigning roles at random allow teachers to take on leadership roles that interest them. This will undoubtedly encourage their participation.
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