The main difference between schools that continuously succeed and those that seem to be forever floundering can often be traced back to a level of motivation held by the teaching staff.
The advice that follows describes how to go about motivating your teaching staff. If your teachers are motivated, success usually follows, which in turn inspires and further motivates your school support staff to help towards yet further success.
Successful schools go into a self-perpetuating motion that brings more and more success and the associated rewards glowing Ofsted reports bring.
Take a few moments now to think about one or two of the successful schools you know of and consider whether what I say is correct. Hopefully you agree that high motivation is inseparable from school success. By taking a conscious control of the level of teacher motivation in your teaching staff you are assisting them to step outside of a comfort zone that may be condemning your school to stagnate through procrastination.
I used to procrastinate a lot. I'm not so sure now!
Motivation is connected to staff development and learning in that it involves an intentional process to bring about the desired outcomes. In other words - some action is required. Ideally, you want your school staff to be self-motivated, purposeful in their tasks, with the minimum of direct supervision. If you achieve this you will find that motivation is something that will help you through the inevitable difficult times all schools face on occasions.
Motivation is predominately an extrinsic condition. Your teaching staff are beings that respond primarily to some form of external stimuli usually from a motivator. At a basic level most head teachers choose the 'carrot or the stick' method.
There are numerous rules connected to effective, motivational management. Too many to go into in this short article but, by way of example, head teachers must 'praise in public' and 'chastise in private'.
Get the level of motivation right and you will find it is the glue that holds the success of your school together. It is a way of thinking that needs to permeate the whole philosophy of the school on a day-to-day basis.
Once again think about successful schools, picture their teaching staff in the school environment, and you will know what I mean.
I know it's not easy - motivation is an extremely complex concept. It is a science that has been investigated and studied over the decades in many ways by many people. Perhaps one of the better-known scientists to research this thing called motivation is Abraham Maslow.
Carrying out research in the 1940s, Maslow identified five levels of needs that drive and motivate people's behaviour. They are:
1. Physiological needs (e.g. a sheltered place for teaching, a comfortable temperature, etc.),
2. Safety needs (for pupils and personal security).),
3. A sense of belonging (affection and identification in a team).),
4.The need for esteem (prestige, success and self-respect)
5. The last, and perhaps one of the most important where school success is involved, is the need for self-actualisation. By this he refers to the instinctual need of teachers to make the most of their abilities and to strive to be the best they can. Your teaching staff want to be motivated they may simply not know how to go about getting it!
Here's How You Can Help As a Caring Head Teacher You will motivate your teaching staff if you help them work toward fulfilling their potential at a level they are capable of becoming. (Much the same as it does with the pupils they are teaching).
This is where the difficulty often lies for many head teachers - if teachers are not motivated enough they may fail to reach their true potential. Pushed too far beyond their capability and they become de-motivated and will often complain to other teachers of bullying taking place at work.
Successful motivation is achieved when teachers perform well whilst still within their limitations. This is achieved when they are productive and appear to do be doing so with relative ease.
Motivation is something that is an essential part of your teachers' day-to-day lives. It provides the 'get up and go' that helps them get out of bed in the morning and look forward to their day at school.
Yes, you did read that right! Teachers can be conditioned to enjoy work and look forward to helping you and your school succeed.
If members of your teaching staff have a negative attitude they need to be taught how to acquire a positive one.
Teachers often need to be motivated to adopt and then display a positive attitude.