ERIC Number: ED184244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Stress in Classroom Teachers: An Administrative Model.
Bruscemi, John N.
Although administrators cannot totally eliminate stress in the schools, they can reduce excessive stress that results in an unfavorable and often damaging climate. One method for doing this is to create an atmosphere of calm and order. Such an atmosphere results from defining and formulating objectives, converting those objectives into action, improving staff perception and communication, and continuously evaluating progress. One vehicle for accomplishing these goals is the "teacher letter," an instrument that allows staff members to study, plan, and evaluate their own professional responsibilities and progress. Very important is improving communication through avoiding unclear and unexpected messages. Other administrative approaches to stress reduction involve maintaining high expectations of staff, good listening techniques, and a systematic and constructive evaluative feedback system. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Objectives, Principals, Stress Variables, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Alienation, Teacher Morale, Teachers, Teaching Conditions
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle Schools Association (Dearborn, MI, October 31-November 3, 1979).