5 Tips For Teachers To Motivate Students
By: Pinki Wed, 27 May 2020 11:47 AM
In today’s world, being a teacher is an incredible challenge. Beyond the day to day of teaching and marking, teachers are faced with students with behavioral or family issues, learning disabilities, and more. As a school administrator, keeping teachers motivated is an important part of your role. Motivated teachers foster a collaborative culture and a positive environment for faculty and students.
* Make yourself available
Your role as a school administrator is to make your teachers’ lives easier so that they can teach and your students can learn. Help your teachers as much as possible when they have a heavier workload. Consider asking your teachers what they need help with before jumping in, so that they do not feel like you are micromanaging. Make sure to also help your teachers through monotonous tasks with software tools.
* Publicly praise teachers
If a teacher feels valued, you won’t need to worry about motivating them. These teachers will know how to stay motivated. Making each teacher feel valued can be as simple as including an announcement in the morning thanking the teacher for something that they have done recently. You can also make this a larger gesture by organizing a staff lunch in which you personally thank teachers for outstanding contributions to the school.
* Encourage teachers to reward each other
Create a teaching trophy that is given out at the end of each day, week, or month. This can be awarded for excellent teaching, or going above and beyond in activities outside the classroom. Have the last winner select the winner of the next award. This provides your teachers with an incentive to excel and also gets them used to accepting feedback from each other.
* Leave some room in the budget for small gifts
Consider purchasing something small, like coffee shop gift cards, that you can give to teachers who go above and beyond. For example, If a teacher volunteers to take an extra supervisory shift, make sure that they know that their work is appreciated with a small gift. Your teachers will appreciate the extra coffee!
* Provide opportunities to take breaks
Consider giving each teacher a form that can be used for a morning or afternoon off, no questions asked. This can be given out once a semester but must be given to you in advance, so that someone can be found to cover the class. This is a small action that doesn’t cost you much but lets your teacher know that you care about them and will go out of your way to make sure that they are happy.