Teamwork in schools: What administrators should know

Below are a few suggestions to build and sustain positive teamwork practices.

Open: Be open to other ways of achieving the tasks.
Engage: Engage the other members of the team. Chat, say hi, and communicate.
Acknowledge: Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. You may find that natural leaders emerge in areas that need attention.
Feedback: Ask for feedback on how you are doing as a team player. Listen, and make changes where necessary. Teamwork can be easier when teachers know if and where they need to improve.
Compliment: Compliment team members on successes and in instances where teamwork really paid off.
Listen: Listen to spoken and unspoken words of the team. Teamwork can’t function properly if teachers or staff feel that others are not listening to them, their concerns, and their ideas.
Scrap: Be prepared to scrap a project if it isn’t working. An important part of teamwork in this situation is involving all team members in a frank discussion as to why the project isn’t working.
Party: Go out and celebrate, have a party, or participate in a fun activity that is not work-related.

Laura Ascione

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