Who sings your praises in the staff room?

The Quirky Teacher

I found out recently that a colleague had, behind the scenes, codified and organised phonics teaching in the younger years for our school (resourcing, planning, everything). She had done so much, but I wasn’t aware. Why? So obsessed are we with making sure that every single scrap of energy goes towards the ‘needs’ of children, that we don’t even set aside a few moments in a staff meeting to share what has gone well or to praise staff members for doing so much behind the scenes. Based on this situation alone, I would recommend that all school staff meetings learn from industry and put one additional item on the agenda for that week: sharing good practice, praising those who have created intellectual property and for making staff in other phases or subject areas aware of what goes on behind the scenes.

But, it’s more than that. It’s also about how…

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