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Celebrating Teachers
April 18, 2014

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
-Katharine Hepburn


In her article, "Celebrating Teachers and Their Works," which is included in the Exchange Essentials, How to Motivate Staff (which you can download for free today - see below), Margie Carter talks about the challenges of celebrating the great work of teachers in a field withe financial limitations.  She offers a number of suggestions including...

"How do we provide a place in our programs, indeed in our communities, which honors the work and contributions of teachers, one which really translates into an internal sense of celebration for a teacher, or a public recognition which is meaningful to the individual as well as the child care profession at large? ... What if teachers got that kind of continued recognition, affirmation, and attention called to their questions, their thinking, projects, and accomplishments?  What might it look like?

"I picture walking into a program with documentation and displays of teachers' lives and work, side by side with that of the children's.  This would bring about genuine recognition - and also a sense that our programs are really about human development, not just child development.  It would serve to connect the daily lives of the children and their teachers - and also build community with the parents as they see the teachers for who they are, as opposed to faceless baby-sitters or lifeless nannies."

Today you can download a free copy of the Exchange Essential, How to Motivate Staff, a $12 value, by clicking here.


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Nancy Gagnon
New Hampshire, United States
04/18/2014 05:01 am

In scanning some of this it is nice to know that I do many of these things--one half of my staff of 20 people have been with me over 15 years. Through pay cuts, benefit cuts and all they have stuck with the program because they believe in what we do and I would like to believe, because as their director I encourage them through the bad times as well as the good. It is so hard to be a director--hats off to the directors who can keep their staff members happy and motivated--it is a challenge!! These articles though have given me a few more ideas to get through the next few years before I leave my office to the next director!!

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