All teachers are busy, but it only takes a few seconds to say “good morning” and see how someone is doing. A little kindness goes a long way!
What is your co-worker’s favorite pick-me-up drink? Iced Tea with lemon, Chai latte, McD’s Coke with extra ice… It will only cost a buck or two, but it will make their day!
It’s so much easier to plan BEFORE we’re sick, exhausted, or in some other emergency. If you’re organized and prepared for this – sharing one of them could be the kindest thing you can do!
We’re used to every student noticing if we have something wrong with our hair or if we were the same shirt too often… it’s a really treat for someone to notice when we look nice!
Enough said. We have ALL had days like this. (Weeks for some of us.)
Going to a conference can be a great team building experience. You don’t have to spend every minute together, but you can all come back refreshed and loaded up with new ideas to inspire students.
Even nice teachers can become hoarders when supplies get scarce. It’s good to remember that markers don’t last forever, tech can be shared, and books/magazines can be read by multiple classes. If you have something you’re not using, you may want to mention when it is available for others to borrow. It might just make their day. Bonus: They may even return the favor down the road.
A quick text or call only takes a second! Just knowing someone cares might be the best medicine of all.
Are you a teacher who knows everybody? Then start the introductions! Teachers are happier when they have friends and connections at their school or district.
We all know wars are started over copy machines. If you can fix the jam for the next teacher, you are truly the teacher’s lounge angel.
It’s good to get your mind off grades, challenging classes, and/or the million things you want to do in the classroom. A good book can do that, so tell a teacher friend if you have a good one you’d recommend!
See an amazing historical documentary on Netflix? A funny joke about Chemistry? Share it with that teacher down the hall. It shows you care about them and their class, too!
Mr. White was one teacher at my last school that always stepped up to help others when they were in a jam. It wasn’t for recognition, bonus cash, or fun… he was just a great guy who wanted to help others. Step up and help out – it won’t be forgotten!
Every teacher has unique skills and can add something special to whatever you are planning. We’re better together – let’s prove that.
Create a circle of support in your department or school. Did a teacher apply for a grant? Tell her you hope she gets it! Did a teacher win an award? Celebrate it at lunch with 3 cheers (or a cake)! Is the teacher next door trying for her National Board Certification? Tell her you’re proud!
Teaching isn’t a competition. We’re in this together!
You can be serious about learning AND still have fun, you know! Hats off to those teachers who lift our spirits, make us laugh on the toughest days, joke with students and staff. I’ll never forget working with some jokesters… they dressed up, laughed a lot, loved the occasional prank and made work FUN!
We are different. We all have a unique area of expertise. Listen and consider others’ perspectives and ideas. It may be a work in progress, but so are most great things!
Did you sign up for free resources? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! I’m so grateful for teachers who send a quick email reminder or pop by my room to see if I turned in something that was due. Lifesavers!
How’s it going with your goal to < walk during your plan, take less work home, use ______ strategy > ? Just checking in on your co-workers can help them feel more motivated to tackle their goals.
This only takes a minute, but it means so much. Thank your mentor teacher, your principal, your custodians, volunteer parents! Plus, it’s a great reminder for you to see how lucky you are to have great people around!
Continue to be a good professional friend to the teachers around you!
YOU make a difference!
Who are your favorite PROFESSIONAL FRIENDS? Share the love with a PROFESSIONAL FRIENDS FOREVER tattoo.
We’ll send a few PFF tattoos to the first 3 teachers to comment below, because nothing says “forever” like a temporary tattoo.