Most teachers don’t get nearly enough recognition and appreciation–so why not celebrate each other?
Start by selecting the fastest and easiest method that faculty currently use to communicate with each other. If all staff members are required to access and use a social media account or learning management system(LMS), utilize that! Otherwise, a simple email system will work just fine.
Set up a special email address for compliments (such as firstname.lastname@example.org). Whenever a staff member notices a kind gesture or accomplishment among colleagues, she or he should send a one-sentence message to the compliment email and acknowledge or thank that person.
A different staff member can be in charge of viewing the compliment email account each month and copy/pasting the compliments into a larger email which is then sent to all faculty members. If you want to get fancy, use a pretty font and border and display the compliments in the teachers’ lounge.
At faculty meetings, you could even hold a drawing with all the names that were in that month’s email! The winner can choose from a short list of rewards: a gift certificate donated by the PTA, a one-time pass to leave school right at dismissal, a designated parking space, etc.
Has your school ever tried a variation on this? Please share your ideas for building morale and celebrating your colleagues!
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