Fullan described how at a single school there were extremely happy people in one area of the building and extremely unhappy people in another part of the building. It was all dependent upon the teachers, who they worked with, and how they worked or didn’t work well together. Those who were happy couldn’t stop commenting on how great it was to work in that environment, while others were so unhappy that they were on the verge of transferring out of the building or even leaving the teaching profession. (2014) When the place you work at is no longer a positive environment it lowers moral and creates discourse among the workers. Communication starts to fall apart, bickering and back stabbing start to creep into conversations, and then it starts to effect the teacher’s ability to teach as well. In the end our students are affected.
Zakrzewski goes over the three steps to create a positive climate in schools. First, you need to build trust after assessing the school environment. Creating a safe, supportive school brings everyone together for a common purpose. Second, you create a vision that is shared among staff members. This allows for input from all, creating a positive interaction where members feel appreciated and heard. Lastly, you work as a community to accomplish the shared vision. When the members have created the vision there is a shared pride in achieving the school-wide goal. If we get the “right” people on our team, great things can happen. With the “wrong” people not only do our staff suffer, but our students suffer as well.
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