Reducing Workload Part 2: Policy vs. Autonomy


Imagine your school brings in a new element of a behaviour policy to tackle student lateness. Now, students who are late to lessons receive an immediate sanction of some sorts. You do your best to uphold the policy, but the teacher next door doesn’t – they feel it’s for the best that students don’t receive a sanction for such a trivial matter. When one teacher fails to follow the policy, it’s pretty inconvenient. Students are annoyed at a lack of consistency and they give you a hard time when you follow the letter of the law. After all, they can get away with their lateness from the teacher next door. Policies such as this may succeed or fail depending on how zealous teachers are. Those who don’t follow the rule, make it harder for those who do. In such scenarios, I’d wager most teachers would be more than happy for the teacher not…

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