If You Don’t Feed the Teachers

I am reading a great little book called If You Don’t Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students by Neila Connors.

If You Don’t Feed the Teachers by Neila Connors

I think Debbie Hanger had this book when she was at Steward.  It’s a treasure chest of ideas.  It contains common sense advice about how to “feed” your faculty so that they know they are appreciated for their hard work and creativity.  I know that feeling of working really hard on something and then wondering if anyone really noticed or understood the effort I had put into it.  The children benefit, but it does not come naturally to a seven year old to thank a teacher for planning something special or effective.  Their appreciation shows in their enthusiastic engagement in the activity.  Another teacher or administrator would never know of my accomplishment unless I told them about it – and that takes time and effort as well.  So in that respect, teaching can feel like a lonely and unappreciated job – with no fault on the part of the teacher or administrator.  How can we find ways to celebrate and show appreciation for the effort and successes of our teachers?

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3 thoughts on “If You Don’t Feed the Teachers

  1. I just got a teaching job (9-12 English) for the fall and this book sounds like a great, inspiring read for me. Thank you. Do you have any other book recommendations for teaching?

    • I’m reading a book right now called Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson. Our high school will begin blogging this year and I am looking forward to the opportunities this will provide the students. Renee Hobbs’ book called Copyright Clarity is also an important read for understanding students’ and teachers’ rights when using copyrighted material.

      • That sounds amazing. I would love for my students to be able to blog in the classroom. It’s such a great outlet. I will have to read those – thank you!

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