Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Teachers are doing a great job shaping young lives. To do their job effectively, they should not be subjected to the following kind of treatment:
1.       Shouting at the teacher. Teachers do their best to be responsible and project the right image. Hence, they deserve respect from administrators. Shouting at them, for whatever reason, makes them feel bad. They might begin to regret working under you. Worse still, they may start to resent their noble profession. In fact, if a situation like this continues for a time, they look for opportunity to leave the school in search for a better job elsewhere.
2.       Humiliating teachers before parents. This can make the teacher feel unloved and worthless. Also, the parent who witnessed this poor treatment on the teacher will hardly respect the teacher.
3.       Not accepting the teacher’s innovative or creative input. Since teachers are stakeholders, their idea or opinion about the  school should be respected. This way they feel a sense of belonging and feel highly valued.
4.       Scolding your teacher in the presence of  students. Students should have high regards for their teacher. However, doing this becomes difficult if the administrator harshly scolds his teacher before the students. In fact, the teacher will feel humiliated or embarrassed. If scolding is at all necessary, it should be done privately.
5.       Delaying teachers’ salary. This treatment hurts more than the others. Nothing makes them more likely to search for employment elsewhere than paying the teacher in piecemeal or even delaying their salary altogether.
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Teachers are doing a wonderful job, hence they deserve commendation and recognition. On the contrary this is not the case. Some of us need to understand what it means to be an effective teacher.
1.       Teachers are passionate people who enjoy making a difference
2.       The major goal of teachers is to shape young lives
3.       Teachers get frustrated with students who have tremendous potential, but do not want to put in the hard work necessary to maximize that potential.
4.       Teachers love students who come to class every day with a good attitude and genuinely want to learn.
5.       Teachers enjoy working together with others.
6.       Teachers respect parents who value education, understand where their child is academically, and support everything the teacher does.
7.       Teachers are not perfect. They have terrible days and good days. They make mistakes
8.       Teachers want a principal and administration that supports what they are doing, provides suggestions for improvement and values their contributions to their school
9.       Teachers are creative and original. Every teacher is different, doing things uniquely
10.   Teachers are continuously evolving. They are always searching for better ways to reach their students.
11.   Teachers get irritated with parents who do not understand that education should be a partnership between themselves and their child’s teachers
12.   Effective teachers tailor their teaching to meet the needs of students
13.   Teachers want to be appreciated for their good work. They love it when students or parents do something unexpected to show their appreciation.
14.   Teachers do not become teachers because of the pay check. They understand that they are going to be underpaid for what they do.
15.   Teachers love it when they run into former students, and they tell you how much they appreciated what you did for them.
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015


The job of teaching is not an easy one, but there are many things that others can do to make their jobs easier. In fact, teachers want a lot of things from their students. They are:
1.       Teachers want students to be willing to learn as they come to class each day. They should be prepared, focused and motivated.
2.       Teachers want students to be respectful. Students should respect their authority, they should respect each other as well. With such atmosphere, teaching and learning becomes easier.
3.       Teachers want students to understand concepts by making real life connections.
4.       Teachers want students to develop critical thinking ability. They should know the process that leads to the answer as well as the answer itself.
5.       Teachers want students to know their strengths and weaknesses so that improvement is made where necessary.
What teachers want from parents
6.       Teachers want parents to understand that they are there to assist their children in the best possible way
7.       Teachers want feedback from parents. In fact, they want an open, trusting relationship with parents so they can figure out the best approach for teaching the student.
8.       Teachers want parents to be actively in their children’s education by ensuring that their children do their homework.
9.       Teachers want parents to stress the importance of education to their children at all times. This way it will be easy for children to learn and appreciate school work.


Teachers function effectively in a nice environment. To create such environment, administrators must pay attention to the following points:
1.       Teachers want administrators to support them in the area of student discipline, disagreements with parents or confrontation with another teacher.
2.       Teachers want administrators to provide adequate resources that will make teaching a lot easier.
3.       Teachers want encouragement and advice from administrators.
4.       Administrators should show interest in teachers performance in the classroom and offer valuable feedback in terms of the quality of teaching.
5.       Teachers want school administrators to clearly explain school policy and procedures that affect them. Also administrators should clarify issues related to classroom management, student learning and communication.
What teachers want from their fellow colleagues
6.       Teachers want other teachers to respect them by not engaging in gossip with their students or parents.
7.       Teachers want other teachers to be cooperative. A peaceful atmosphere should exist among the teachers.
8.       Other teachers should be supportive. They want to know that their peers believe they are an effective teacher who does a great job in preparing their students
9.       There should be unity among the teachers. Remember, a house that is divided against itself will not stand. Such unity promotes easy learning by students
10.   Teachers want other teachers to respect differences. Other teachers should know that there are different teaching strategies, hence the most effective one should be copied and applied in the classroom
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For teachers to give their best , school administrators have to boost their morale. It is a fact that enthusiasm is contagious. An enthusiastic teacher motivates the greatest number of students. The following are ways to boost teachers morale:
1.       Always appreciate your teachers, offer commendations all the time. This way the teacher feels a sense of belonging.
2.       Hold a get- together party in your house, this will strengthen the bonds of unity among the teachers.
3.       Support your teachers when parents complain about them: seek to find out the reason for the complain and lovingly encourage the teacher to improve.
4.       Implement a casual Friday dress code for teachers: do not be too strict, give them some freedom.
5.       Offer continuous feedback, support and guidance for teacher improvement.
6.       Send words of encouragement via text messages to your teachers everyday.
7.       Spread out extra duties evenly. Don’t put too much on a single teacher.
8.       Always be proud of your teachers anytime the opportunity presents itself.
9.       Always give your teachers professional training.
10.   Fulfill the promises you make to them
11.   Provide them with the best resources and teaching tools that are available
12.   Keep class sizes as small as possible.
13.   Embrace innovation and creativity from teachers who think outside the box
14.   Always resolve any conflicts a teacher may have with another teacher.
15.   Reward the best teacher every year.
When all these points are applied in detail, you are bound to succeed in your school.
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