How to keep Teachers in the family? A must read for every school leader!!
Every year a number of teachers are lost to other schools, or opt for another profession. The loss of a good teacher is always unfortunate. Also, recruiting new teachers is a lengthy process. If a school head has gone through the process of screening, interviewing and hiring, they would want the teacher to stay.
But the question that arises is, how to retain quality teachers? How to not let them go to another school which gives a better salary? How to make them feel satisfied enough in school so they wouldn’t want to go anywhere else?
Making a teacher feel comfortable, like they are a part of your family is crucial. Appreciating their efforts at staff meetings, listening to their ideas, announcing birthday celebrations, etc.
This is really important for teachers who are new in the profession. Focus on the topics that beginning teachers often find challenging. First two weeks of school and conducting parent teacher meetings are tough tasks. Helping them through this creates a positive impression which they will not forget.
Fun and Games:
There is time for fun as well. The administrator can plan some games to help new teachers settle in. For example, having teachers say something positive about other staff before tossing the ball to him or her.
It can also be as simple as guiding them through the school’s daily routine, walking them through classrooms, introducing them to people. It is about developing a relationship with them to feel welcome and important.
Quick Tips to motivate new teachers:
Let your new teachers know they are appreciated.
Inspire your new teachers. Remind them what an impact they have on their students and why they chose teaching in the first place.
Help new teachers integrate with your faculty.
Give new teachers the tools to work with challenging students and parents.
Provide many supports for your new teachers, especially with things like balancing their time and grading.
This article contains excerpts from EducationWorld. Read the original article here.