Quick Tip: Challenging Colleague
Teachers who work in Title I schools can be very passionate, determined and strong-willed by nature. These are the attributes that attracted them to their Title I school to begin with. High stakes testing and pressure combined with limited time and resources only exacerbates these personality traits. Regardless of how balanced a person may be almost everyone will react in a way they wish they hadn’t before the year is over. It happens to the best of us. Some years become even more challenging when we are placed with colleagues who can be short-fused, overly negative and pessimistic, disorganized, and verbally attacking to students and adults. Whether or not the behavior is ideal, they are still our teammate, so what do we do? Don’t take anything personally—much of what is upsetting them has more to do with them than you.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.