I recently blogged about my realisations regarding what motivates our kids. I had a pretty nice realisation that kids don’t need stickers and prizes in order to be motivated to learn. Our regularly professional development meeting last week helped me realise what motivates teachers.
All classroom teachers have just finished submitting learning data to our boss. She used this data to organise the results of our kids into graphs and we spent the morning assessing where our kids are up to, and where we need to take them next. It was validating to hear, “You’re all doing a great job” from our principal. I think this is the equivalent of the ‘hi-5’ that I give my students. Like the students, we don’t need stickers or prizes to know that we are doing the right thing. A simple, “well done” works just as well. It’s important that staff know they are on the right track, and this is one way of showing it. People don’t need to motivated with extrinsic “stuff” like stickers, gifts or prizes. This is a disposition that I aspire to in future positions.
For my readers who are in leadership positions, how do you praise the staff you work with? Do you give ‘adult’ stickers (usually in the form of chocolate)? Or do you give genuine praise where it is warranted?