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School Tone Affects Teacher Turnover

April 28, 2010

School climate matters – not just for the success and growth of the students, but also for well-being of the teachers who conduct the activities that lead to that success and growth.

“Teachers experience growth in self-esteem, confidence, hope and optimism when they feel that their actions are consistent with their values and beliefs, and that they can make a difference in the academic performance of students….limits to  teachers’ efficacy are seen as a source of their feelings of vulnerability, powerlessness, frustration, disappointment and disillusionment.” ( C. Day and G Quing, Ch. 2, Teacher Emotions: Well Being and Effectiveness  from Advances in Teacher Emotion Research 2009)

So what will you do with this information?  What kinds of school tone will work best in your community to keep both students AND teachers engaged?

We’ll be researching these questions.  There is no ‘perfect school’ climate, but some definitely work better than others. What kind of school climate have you seen that works well?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 10:40 pm

    Re: School Tone. It’s as important that the values of the school match yours. Being an outsider, as a classroom teacher, in a community that’s not yours, despite ‘tolerance’ has been a challenge for me personally.

    • May 4, 2010 1:43 am

      I think it’s been an issue for many people. A surefire way to know you are in the wrong place. Of course, what to do about it………..that is the big question.

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