From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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'This book reflects a true understanding of the different personalities administrators face and clearly outlines what each leader can do to establish a positive environment for their employees and students. This is one book no administrator should be without'-Patricia Bowman, Retired Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los AngelesUnconstructive staff behaviours can disrupt a thriving school environment. School leaders need positive, generative communication strategies that can defuse negativity and inspire teachers to change their behaviour and become contributing members of the learning community.From Difficult Teachers'Što Dynamic Teamwork examines the underlying basis of problematic behaviours and provides proactive, proven strategies for building teamwork and a positive school culture. Leaders will discover strategies for enhancing their interpersonal skills, determining if their own behaviour is contributing to the problem, and encouraging behaviour change in teachers and staff. Based on interviews with more than 50 experienced principals, this valuable resource connects content to practice via:- Key tools, practical resources, organizational charts, and behaviour assessment forms- Sage advice and quotations from experienced educators- Sample dialogues to help identify behaviour challenges- "Take Action" sections for specific implementation strategiesMaximize the effectiveness of your staff by building a culture of shared leadership, collegiality, and teamwork.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Identification and Understanding
Understanding Difficult Teachers
Who Are They?
How Did They Get This Way?
What Do Difficult Teachers Want?
The Effects of Difficult Teachers
Difficult Teachers, Difficult Behaviors
Chronic Comnplainers
Negative Teachers
Inflexible Teachers
Selfish Teachers
Solutions and Strategies
Facilitating Behavior Change: Conversations, Warnings, and Improvement Plans
Before a Problem Occurs
How to Encourage Behavior Change
When Conversations Fail
Am I Contributing to the Problem?
Why Are Some Principals "Difficult"?
Could Your Behavior Be Considered Difficult?
Fertile Ground for Difficult Teachers
Gender-Related Differences in Difficult Behaviors
Strategies for Change
Interpersonal Skills That Help
Listening to Understand
Speaking for Understanding
Body Language
Defusing Emotionally Charged Conversations
Creating a Culture of Teamwork
Building a Positive Culture
Focusing on Positive Teachers
Creating a Spirit of Teamwork
Rewarding Positive People
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