Improve school morale

Make school culture a priority in 2017. This January, take one step each week to improve school morale.

Week one: Say hello. Take a morning this week to head outside and greet students and parents at drop off.

Week two: Lead a game at your staff training. There’s no better way to bring people together than playing together. If you have an active group, try ants on a log or ball toss race. If your group prefers sit-down activities, check out two truths and a lie or lucky penny.

Week three: Call a student’s guardian to tell them something good about their child. It’s too easy for all of us to focus on the challenging behavior of students. Being able to share something great a student does brightens the parent’s, student’s, and your own day!

Week four: Make some copies. Take a minute to relieve one of your paraprofessionals from a simple duty, such as making copies or walking a class to lunch. Not only will they appreciate the break, but it may be a great way to connect with that staff member.

Follow us on Twitter (@Playworks) and Pinterest (Playworks) for weekly reminders and to tell us what you are doing this January to improve school morale!

What other actions will you take this year to improve school culture?

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