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?