From Chad Donohue, middle school English teacher, Washington
Our staff meetings begin with “celebrations,” which allow anyone to share something positive about someone else. If you have a rocky relationship with a colleague, publicly sharing something positive can be a first step toward mending the rift. It might be as simple as, “I really appreciate how quiet Ms. Lloyd’s class was while working in the hall today” or “Last night’s band concert was awesome. I know how much hard work that took.” We all want to work with people who build others up.
If your staff meetings don’t begin with celebrations, ask your principal to consider giving them a try this year.