ERIC Number: ED380911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
How To Improve Teacher Morale: Create a Duty-Free School.
Tips for Principals, Mar 1995
The school-reform movement has not as yet helped to relieve teachers of their nonteaching duties. One result of shared decision making is that some principals have replaced student-supervisory duties with that of committee work. These duties can take as much time as many of the traditional nonteaching duties. One way to improve teacher morale and create a positive school climate is to eliminate unnecessary teaching duties. This document offers suggestions for planning and creating a "duty-free" school, in which teacher supervisory duties are eliminated or greatly reduced. First, a schoolwide study group can be formed to examine school needs and elicit feedback. Tips for reducing student supervisory responsibilities are offered, some of which include combining classroom periods, using walkie-talkies to monitor trouble spots, utilizing existing aides or volunteers, offering scheduling options for teachers, limiting student free times and closing specified areas, and reducing hall traffic. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Scheduling, Principals, School Schedules, School Supervision, Supervisory Methods, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Conditions
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston VA 22091-1537 ($2; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.