What's The Tone Of Your School?

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 03, 2017
WOW! ISS_12137_00888.jpg

Victoria held back tears.

"I see now that my over-reacting to difficult and unexpected situations created this negativity at my school," Victoria said.

"When things don't go my version of perfect I get upset.  And it shows. A parent complains, a staff member forgets to do something, a child throws a tantrum, what comes out of my mouth first is, That's not the way it's supposed be."

"Now, nobody gives me any bad news."

What Victoria described is "The Underground".  No one wants to deal with the leader's reaction, so important information is hidden.

As school leaders, we set the tone.  If we handle difficult situations with cool and aplomb we are less likely to have situations go underground, situations that may eventually blow up in our faces.  In a positive climate, we'll hear the bad news before it goes subterranean.

How do we set a positive tone for our school community?

First, take some advice from this Zen saying:

There is no way to happiness.  Happiness is the way.

Happiness is a choice.  Choose to have fun and enjoy your work.  Choose happiness and it'll be easier to avoid the five dangerous behaviors of complaining, criticizing, comparing, competing,  and contending.

Second, celebrate the successes of your school community members.  What we feeds grows, so focus on the positive.

Third, know that there will always be difficult situations.  It is part of the territory. Learn to make lemonade out of lemons.  And have fun as you do it.

Choose happiness. Celebrate success. When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.

With these three tips you're more than likely to avoid "the underground". 

Download your worksheet here.

Read more on the For School Leaders Blog.


observe 03A53688 copy.jpgFREE WEBINAR: How To Become A Better Observer

Have you ever wished for the proverbial teacher's eyes in the back of your head?

Do you want to help children overcome their learning obstacles?

Observation is the skill to help you become more effective.

Please join me at 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, October 12 for this free 30-minute webinar, How To Become A Better Observer...The Montessori Way.

In this information-packed session you'll find out...

  • Why we aren't better observers
  • Obstacles that stand in our way
  • How to overcome these obstacles

You'll also receive a bonus and a special offer. 

Plus we'll have a question and answer period.

Watch Now!

Can't make it? 

Register now so you can watch the recording that will be availble for 7 days, 24 hours a day, to watch at your convenience.

But please register, as I can only send you the replay information if you are registered.  

Watch Now!


montessori parent education


Sign up here for your monthly For School Leaders newsletter


 

Tags: leadership, school leadership tips