Tips For Motivating Your Teachers

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Teaching is a hard job. If you are the principal of a school or head of a school board, you likely want to provide your teachers with as much motivation and support as you can in order to ensure that they are doing their job to the best of their ability and aren't distracted by other problems. Here are some tips for motivating your teachers to help their students reach new heights.

1. Give Your Teachers Time to Truly Work

Teachers are like everyone else. They need uninterrupted stretches of time to actually do work. Without this time, teachers are going to start feeling burnt out and as though no one understands their needs. You can avoid this by ensuring that your teachers have time everyday to themselves to actually get some work done. Have monitors for recess so that your teachers can spend 20 to 30 minutes planning lessons or grading papers. Have one day a month where parent volunteers come in and watch the class for an hour so that the teachers can have a working lunch. Limit your personal interruptions to short staff meetings held before school starts and then leave your teachers alone to work. It will help your teachers keep from getting burnt out and allow them to see that you understand their needs.

2. Encourage Your Teachers to Move

Teaching can be stressful. Exercise reduces stress by releasing endorphins. Encourage some of the alone time that your teachers get to be used on short walks around the building or outside. Have exercise equipment stored that teachers are encouraged to use. Provide guidance for teachers about moving around while they are teaching their students. Provide funding for under-the-desk ellipticals or standing desks so that teachers can stay moving even when they are at their desks. All of this will help keep your teachers feeling better and motivate them to do their best work. 

3. Hire Speakers

You likely have one or two staff work days built in every semester. Hire a motivational speaker that has actually worked in the school system to talk to your teachers. If you get someone that has actually worked in the system, he or she will be able to talk about strategies that worked for him or her for coping. You will show your teachers that you are committed to helping them do their best work and, even if you don't have the same experiences that they do, you can find people that do to provide guidance. 

For more information, talk to a an educational motivational speaker, such as Steve DeMasco PhD.

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28 February 2017

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