If you're a principal or school administrator, you know the importance of teachers who are engaged and motivated in their jobs. While most teachers get into their jobs because they love the work and care about the students, teaching is a tough job and it's easy to lose motivation over time. It's your job to help reignite the passion that your teachers have for their work and keep their motivation levels high. Take a look at some of the best and most effective ways to motivate teachers.
Give Them a Say
Too often, important decisions that affect the way that teachers have to do their jobs are made without any input from the teachers themselves. They may feel that their experience and insights aren't being considered, and in some cases, they may be right. Your teachers know the day-to-day realities of the classroom better than anyone, so why not make sure that they have a chance to make their ideas heard?
You could try designating one teacher per grade or per department to represent the teachers at school board meetings, or you could even host open meetings that any teacher can participate in. You can also solicit their opinions before implementing changes or new policies. Your teachers will feel more engaged if they know that their thoughts are being taken into account.
Give Them Opportunities to Learn
Great teachers are usually great students as well. And they should be. There are new studies, teaching strategies, and technology entering the education field all of the time. And if your teachers learn how to use the new information, techniques, and gadgets available to them, they can bring that information into the classroom and use it to create a better learning experience for their students.
In order to learn new things, though, teachers need time and opportunity to do so. Be encouraging of professional development opportunities for your teachers. Make an effort to approve all reasonable requests to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences, and make an effort to provide plenty of professional development opportunities in-house as well. You'll discover that with new tools in their teacher's toolbox, your teachers will be more motivated than ever inside the classroom.
Make Them Feel Valued
Everyone needs to feel that they're valuable and that the work they're doing is appreciated. Teaching can be a thankless job. All too often, parents and students only speak up when they're unhappy with a teacher, and not when they're feeling appreciative. That means that it's up to you to make sure that your teachers know that they're valued.
There are many ways that you can show your teachers that they're important, from little things like bringing donuts to the teacher's lounge in the morning to larger things, like hiring an educational motivational speaker during Teacher Appreciation Week (or any other time.) If you can't remember the last time you did something to let your teachers know that they're appreciated, then you're probably overdue.
Good teachers turn out successful students, and motivated teachers are better teachers. It's well worth taking the time and effort to make sure that your teachers stay motivated.