From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams

From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams

by Barbara L. (Louise) Brock
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412913462

ISBN-13: 9781412913461

Pub. Date: 05/12/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Unconstructive staff behaviors can disrupt a thriving school environment. School leaders need positive, generative communication strategies that can defuse negativity and inspire teachers to change their behavior and become contributing members of the learning community.

From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams examines the underlying basis of problematic

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Overview

Unconstructive staff behaviors can disrupt a thriving school environment. School leaders need positive, generative communication strategies that can defuse negativity and inspire teachers to change their behavior and become contributing members of the learning community.

From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams examines the underlying basis of problematic behaviors 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 behavior is contributing to the problem, and encouraging behavior change in teachers and staff. Based on interviews with more than 50 experienced principals, this valuable resource connects content to practice by offering

Key tools, practical resources, organizational charts, and behavior assessment forms

Sage advice and quotations from experienced educators

Sample dialogues to help identify behavior challenges

"Take Action" sections for specific implementation strategies

Maximize the effectiveness of your staff by building a culture of shared leadership, collegiality, and teamwork!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412913461
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Resources vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors xi

Introduction 1

Part I Identification and Understanding 5

1 Understanding Difficult Teachers 7

Who Are They? 7

How Did They Get This Way? 13

What Do They Want? 15

What Effect Do They Have? 17

2 Difficult Teachers, Difficult Behaviors 25

Chronic Complainers 25

Negative Teachers 31

Inflexible Teachers 32

Noncompliant Teachers 34

Gossipers 35

Anarchists 40

Snipers 42

Bullies 43

Noisemakers 46

Selfish Teachers 48

Part II Solutions and Strategies 49

3 Facilitating Behavior Change: Conversations, Warnings, and Improvement Plans 51

Before a Problem Occurs 51

How to Encourage Behavior Change 56

When Conversations Fail 64

4 Am I Contributing to the Problem? 71

Why Are Some Principals "Difficult"? 73

Could Your Behavior Be Considered Difficult? 76

Fertile Ground for Difficult Teachers 78

Gender-Related Differences in Difficult Behavior 82

Strategies for Change 86

Part III Prevention 91

5 Interpersonal Skills That Help 93

Listening to Understand 95

Speaking for Understanding 99

Body Language 102

Diffusing Emotionally Charged Conversations 103

6 Creating a Culture of Teamwork 111

Building a Positive Culture 112

Focusing on Positive Teachers 115

Creating a Spirit of Teamwork 122

Rewarding Positive People 124

Parting Thoughts: From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork 141

Resources 143

References 153

Index 157

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