The collective attitude of a teaching staff, its teachers, student services, and administrators, is the most powerful conduit to ignite the highest degree of success in academic achievement for students. The staff is the ‘power source’ and the students receive the benefit of the power source to light the way to their future.
As a staff, it is imperative that most…if not all…are highly driven to create authentic opportunities for their students. We must surround ourselves with positive people, people who want each other to be successful. We need everyone’s contribution. A culture of believing in each other must be created and maintained for the best possible results. Teachers must believe in students and respect the creativity of other teachers. Students must believe in teachers and respect the learning environment of other students. Parents must believe in their children, the teachers, and they must never give up on either entity. Believe it or not there are people in the world that revel in our failures or lack of success; there are people who wouldn’t mind seeing us fail.
It is difficult to stand in the pelting storm of criticism, sarcasm, and pessimism struggling like hell to build a strong house of praise, truth, and optimism. Even more, one person alone cannot conceivably erect this structure in the best of conditions much less up against strong gusts of jealousy and bitterness. To overcome the obstacles of such a daunting task, namely resistance and lack of trust, all educators must unify their energy to measure the wood, pound the nails, and fasten the shingles.
When this house made of praise, truth, and optimism is finally constructed from a unified vision of success, inside will dwell the greatest anthology of success stories. The protagonists will include educators, students, and parents. The antagonists will fade into the shadows, the dark recesses, of the mind suppressed by an overwhelming plot of high achievement from all characters.
A positive school climate is not the result of a few pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into the commitment of excellence. A positive school climate is the result of all educators together melding their expertise, enthusiasm, and cooperation to assist students in problem solving and learning; students who can be proud of their education, proud of their intelligence earned from educators who cared.
The collective attitude of a teaching staff must be positive and supportive. If you are daring create a code of conduct for yourself and those you work with. If you are willing to brave the challenging elements, then roll up your sleeves, support each other, and build, with pride, the greatest structure of our professional lives, the successful education of our children.