What to Do When Your School’s in a Bad Mood
Is money the only factor that determines a school’s morale? If you were to read this week’s article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about low teacher morale in Chesterfield County, http://www.timesdispatch.com/teacher-morale-reaches-a-low-point-in-chesterfield/article_1398dcb3-230d-51b3-8c54-c6fe620aa36d.html
you’d think it was the major reason teachers are unhappy. While money may be a determining factor in how people feel valued, it’s important that teachers and staff understand that principals have no control over pay, but they can help foster a positive mood in their building. The attached article discusses ways that school administration can work on first improving teacher’s moods to help raise overall morale.
Mood vs. Morale: Are they one in the same?
Megan Tschannen-Moran and Bob Tschannen-Moran present three strategies that can change bad moods in to positive moods that will help with a school’s success.
Morale as Mood:
- Mind your Manner
- Cultivate Empathy
- Focus on Strengths
Tackling Your School’s Morale: Here they discuss how this process worked in one school. The appreciative inquiry process using the Four-I cycle (Watkins, Mohr, & Kelly, 2011) requires administrators and leaders to Initiate, Inquire, Imagine, Innovate with their staff.
Much of the article talks about school leaders modeling the same behavior that they expect from the staff. In doing so they set that example for others to follow. The article also focuses on using positive language to achieve those desired results in all stages of improving moods and morale. Most importantly they state how this (having a positive work environment) should to be a goal that every school and school leader is striving for.