By Teachers, For Teachers
Teaching can be tough, and it’s easy to get burned out. When you first started as a teacher, you probably never imagined that the day would come where you would feel like your job isn’t making you happy anymore. When you think of a school, you probably don’t think of it as a place of employment, but more as a place where students go to learn. That may be one of the reasons why your work environment isn’t making you happy anymore. You’re thinking that school is based on student experience, not what you experience as a teacher. You have to use classroom management to change the way you think of your job, and make your feelings a priority. If you’re looking to make your school a better work environment, then you will have to do a few things to change it. Here are a few reasons why your job may not be making you happy, and some classroom management tactics you can do to change it.
Are you that teacher that always eats lunch in the classroom, never wants to collaborate with other teachers, and is always dodging the teacher get-togethers? If you are, then this may be the reason why your school work environment isn’t making you happy. Believe it or not, you’re lonely. While you may like your alone time, your workplace is the not the place to be hiding out. Just as you expect your students to cooperate, collaborate, and communicate with one another, you must make the effort to work in a collaborative environment, too. Get out from behind your desk, go eat in the teachers’ lounge, and instead of always saying no to collaboration with your colleagues, say yes! The more that you get to know your colleagues on a personal basis, the better time you will have with them at work.
If you’re always held up alone in your classroom, then you probably never took the time to get to know your colleagues on a more personal level. The key to a healthy and happy school work environment, is to get social with your coworkers. Grab a bite to eat at lunchtime, go to an exercise class after school, or go out for a quick drink after a long school day. The more you get to know your colleagues outside of the classroom, the better it will make your work day inside of the classroom. Tale the time to get to know your colleagues, you won’t regret it.
For many teachers, it’s easy to share your opinions with your students. However, when it comes to opening your mouth on important work-related issues, many of you tend to keep your opinions to yourself in fear of stepping on any toes in the workplace. If you find that you don’t like the way things are going at your school, then you need to change it. Just as you instruct your students to take on a leadership role, you need to heed your own advice, because when you do, you can make a difference in your school. If you see an opportunity in your school to share your opinion, then take it. By sharing your thoughts, you can ultimately make your work environment a happier place.
Are you one of those teachers who are always in-the-know and is friends with just about every faculty member in the building? While it’s a good thing to be friendly with everyone in your school, it isn’t a good thing to be overly involved in everything in your school work environment. Your job as a teacher is to help your students learn. If you stay focused on that, as well as develop appropriate relationships with your colleagues (staying out of school gossip), then you should have a happy work environment. Don’t be that teacher who gets caught up in school drama and spends her days complaining about other teachers or the schools’ policies. Just stay focused on your job and you should be OK.
Teaching is a difficult profession, and it can be easy to always think negatively. However, when you’re always negative, how do you expect to be happy? If you want your school work environment to be a place that is positive, then you must be positive. There will times when you won’t always have an answer for your students, or when you won’t feel connected to them. The only way that you get through these times is by staying positive. It can be hard to focus on the positives, but if you do, it will make your school a better place to work in.
Happy employees produce better work – which, in your case, is your students. When you are happy, your students will be happy. When your students are happy, you know you are doing your job.
How do you make your school a better work environment? Do you have any classroom management tips that you would like to share? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below, we would love to hear from you.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com