Who knew that so much of your stress as a teacher would come from other grown-ups? But here we are. Every now and then you’ll find that some of the other adults who are woven into your job might actually be making your job harder. Here are the four main kinds of grown-ups you meet in school, and some ways I can help you build better relationships with them.
Parents: The Other Responsible Adult
Your main relationships as a teacher are with the children in your class. But having a parent on your side can make a huge difference, and a bad parent experience can ruin your day. In a session of Office Hours, we can shape your overall strategy for building a manageable, productive, and mostly positive relationship with the parents of your students. We can also discuss a specific situation that is making your job more difficult and how to deal.
Colleagues: Making It Work with the People You Work With
While the majority of your fellow teachers are likely outstanding citizens, most schools contain a few reminders that carrying a “#1 Teacher!!!” mug doesn’t make it true. Office Hours offers a confidential place to discuss workplace politics and difficult coworkers—and to problem solve if you’re worried you might be the difficult coworker.
Administrators: Sending Yourself to the Principal’s Office
Your administration is like a good pair of shoes: if it offers the support you need, you both look and feel better. If it fits poorly, it can get in your way and even become painful. This makes it understandably scary when you have to approach your principal directly, but a tough conversation doesn’t have to mean making enemies in the main office. Office Hours are a completely confidential place to discuss how to work things out with—or sometimes in spite of–your school’s administration.
Evaluators: Observation Preparation Without Hyperventilation
There are two schools of thought about dealing with observations: “Always teach like you are going to be observed,” and “Roll out the dog and pony show.” They’re both right. You can book a session of Office Hours to help prepare your best sample of teaching for a scheduled observation–or to help make sure you’re always ready for company.
If you’d like to discuss any of these in a way that is specific to your own classroom, you can also book a session of Office Hours using the calendar below.
Simply choose one of the options below and click the “Book Me” button to select an available time from the calendar. If you experience any technical difficulties, you can try this direct link to the booking page.