10 Easy Ways To Recognize Teachers during the First Weeks of School Year

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10 Easy Ways To Recognize Teachers during the First Weeks of School Year

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“Building a positive and energized work force . . . takes attitude and action.”
– John O’Brien, VP if BI Worldwide Employee Performance Group

1. Write a welcome note to each teacher that is new to our school and mail it to their home address a few days before the start of workshop.
2. Each day, ask at least one of the teachers new to your school what went well for them that day.
3. Recognize the simple things as well as the complicated. It’s just as important to recognize a teacher for quickly learning a task, as it is to recognize a long-term teacher for being a great leader.
4. Use an employee’s name when you speak with them. Calling a person by name is one of the most basic ways to show that you respect them as an individual.
5. Each time you compliment a teacher, be specific. Then, challenge them to take it a little further. This will help affirm past efforts and encourage future investment.
6. Sometimes the best recognition you can give is to simply listen. Ask teachers new to your school for feedback.
7. Show teachers how much you respect them by sharing key organizational measurements with them on a regular basis. Employees should know how their work impacts student success.
8. Acknowledge employment anniversaries every year. Make sure teachers know you value their loyalty.
9. When you implement a suggestion made by a teacher, make sure to let their colleagues know where the great idea came from.
10. Help your teachers develop professionally. Suggest specific district training classes, additional education, and books to read or seminars they might attend to build their skills.

Adapted from 24 Fast and Fun Ways to Recognize Employees by John O’Brien, VP if BI Worldwide Employee Performance Group


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