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Title: Motivating and Inspiring Teachers By: Todd Whitaker

Motivating and Inspiring TeachersBy Todd
  • Presented by Alissa Jean

The Role of the Leader
3. Social Needs- the need to belong and for
acceptance 4. Esteem Needs- the need for self
respect, appreciation and recognition.

5. Self-actualization needs- the desire to
maximize ones own potential
  • Physiological Needs- food, water, sleep and
  • Safety and Security- the need for physical
    safety, order and structure

Meeting Hierarchy of Needs
The Role of the Leader
  • Understanding Staff Dynamics
  • Three types of teachers
  • Superstars- these represent the top 3-10 of
    teachers in a school. They are often effective
    and respected by their peers. These are your
    teacher leaders. Know they want two things
    autonomy and recognition.
  • Backbones- good, solid teachers and are the heart
    of the faculty. Good stable hardworking
  • Mediocre- if they left, they could be easily
  • When dealing with school morale, start with your
    superstars. Most want to start with the
    disgruntled but- when the leaders are not happy,
    then everyone is unhappy.

Creating A Good Climate
  • Rules- Avoid trying to alter the behavior of less
    effective staff by implementing rules. The ones
    most likely to follow it are the superstars, not
    the less effective staff. Find other ways to
    work to improve ineffective staff.
  • When implementing a new rule ask these three
  • What is my true purpose in implementing this
  • Will it actually accomplish its purpose?
  • How will my most positive and productive people
    feel about this policy?

Keys to a Good Climate
  • The leader is the one responsible for the
  • Be visible- lunch room, car loop, extracurricular
  • Know your teachers strengths and respect a
    variety of approaches
  • Know your staff- beyond the school
  • Communication is key
  • Have positive and productive staff meetings

Raise the Praise- It is What You Say and How You
Say It
  • What people perceive is what they feel is the
  • Keep in mind
  • People do not want to be heard, they want you to
  • Be aware of watching clocks, being distracted,
    not making eye contact and working while they are
    talking to you.
  • It is important to show sincere interest.
  • It is a fine line between giving someone a
    suggestion for improvement and damaging the
    persons psyche.

The Friday Focus
  • The Friday Focus is a staff memo that when
    developed and used properly can help provide
    management and leadership for an organization.
  • When used correctly it can be a weekly moral
  • Why Friday?

What is in a Friday Focus
  • Include a calendar of upcoming events- this gives
    your teachers time to plan.
  • Information you can tell your teachers in writing
    without taking up valuable meeting time.
  • You can use it for staff development.
  • Quotes heard around campus-
  • I am really enjoying my masters cohort
  • I have already learned so much

The Monthly Meeting- From Drab to Dynamite
  • It is possible to have a staff meeting that
    staff members look forward to and value.
  • BUT HOW?????
  • Keep topics that can be handled in writing out of
    the meeting.
  • Build an agenda with the staff
  • Make sure the discussion affects most of the
  • Stick to a timeline
  • Always start and finish on a positive
  • Have different teachers facilitate
  • Have a lot laughs

More Friday Focus Success Tips
  • Use colored paper and always the same color.
  • Create an attractive format you can use weekly.
  • Make sure it is in staff mailboxes at the same
    time every week.
  • Post the current Friday Focus in the teachers
  • Collect quotes, inspirational thoughts and
  • Make notes of things you see out and about.
  • Include Friday Focus Featured Folks

This sounds really exhausting to get it all done?
Remember to take care of yourself. Find a
passion and allow yourself to enjoy it.
Go into classrooms and watch the great things
happening. Enjoy the good.
Praising your parents and students makes you feel
good too.
What is the best part?
  • You have the power to make everyone feel like
    someone special.
  • Take care of your teachers,
  • Take care of your students,
  • Take care of you!

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