It’s no surprise that engaged teachers create engaged learners. The enthusiasm an educator brings into the classroom can be contagious, inspiring students to engage with the material. But teacher motivation doesn’t just happen. There are certain factors that can help to build teacher motivation, which is an important element in overall school climate.
Building an Environment for Teacher Motivation
Clear Mission and Focus
Mission statements are popular in the corporate setting, but many of them fail to inspire. Educators respond to a clearly focused mission, one that resonates with their own goals. What does your school hope to accomplish? What qualities does your school value? Your mission is the foundation of your school’s culture.
Relationships Between Faculty Members
Almost no one thrives in isolation. A community that is positive and reassuring helps individuals to grow. Encouraging your staff to build personal and professional relationships with each other can nurture an environment of trust and support.
Empowered Teacher Leaders
Some educators are born leaders. They are the ones that others turn to in order to solve problems and initiate change. Empowering these teacher leaders can help to foster innovation, drive decisions, and improve school climate.
Recognition and Reward
Teachers are your most valuable resource and they want to be recognized for the work they do! Recognizing and rewarding your teachers for their efforts can help to create a culture of excellence, both for your staff and for your students. Incentives, both tangible and intangible, can let your staff know that you see the work they do, and you appreciate them.
Educators want a principal who knows and respects what is going on in the classroom. An administrator who is hands-on, supportive, and trusting helps to build a positive workplace, even on tough days.
Teachers who feel empowered to come together and problem solve can make the most of their time inside and out of the classroom. Even if your teachers have the same group of students for the entire day, a colleague’s perspective on their challenges and successes can be invaluable. This kind of communication among your staff can improve the overall culture of your school.
Collaboration, Connection, and Culture
When your staff comes together as a team, it can positively impact your school climate. An environment of connection and collaboration allows educators to meet the needs of students in creative and innovative ways. When your teachers are engaged, the enthusiasm they have for teaching and connecting with students makes the classroom an enjoyable place. As a part of school climate, teacher motivation helps to establish high standards of conduct as well as academic expectations.
Implementing an incentives program for your staff can help to boost teacher motivation by showing them how much you appreciate their efforts. After all, who doesn’t love acknowledgment? PBIS Rewards’ feature, Workplace Rewards for Teachers, allows teachers to earn points and redeem those points for teacher-exclusive rewards. Even if you’re in a virtual or hybrid environment, you can have an incentives program and boost teacher engagement!
Join Us for #PBIScon21
Learn More About Teacher Motivation
You can do PBIS from anywhere when you use a digital token economy… AND you can encourage teacher engagement, too! As part of the PBIS Rewards Virtual Conference (#PBIScon21), June 21-22, 2021, you can learn more about teacher engagement in any teaching environment. As part of the conference, our session tracks include:
- PBIS Rewards
- Best Practices in PBIS
- Getting Started: PBIS Foundations
- Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Cultural Responsiveness
- Staff/Student Engagement (Workplace Rewards for Teachers)
- Distance Learning/Rewards From a Distance
Make plans to join us for #PBIScon21 and learn alongside educators from all over the world! Because it’s virtual, you won’t have to leave the safety and comfort of your home or classroom to attend. Our keynote and featured speakers are experts in their fields, and we’ve got a lot of great presentations lined up, too! We’ll be demonstrating PBIS Rewards (and Workplace Rewards for Teachers) during this conference, so you can see just how our software can make your PBIS initiative even better. Plus, you’ll have opportunities throughout the conference to play some fun games, answer trivia questions, and win prizes and conference swag. You won’t want to miss it!
Seating is limited, so register to attend #PBIScon21 today!
Not attending PBIScon21?
We’ll miss you! But not to worry – you can still get a demo of our software. Just request a demo and we’ll set it up!