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From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams

From Difficult Teachers . . . to Dynamic Teams

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July 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin
'This book reflects a true understanding of the different personalities administrators face and clearly outlines what each leader can do to establish a positive environment for their employees and students. This is one book no administrator should be without'—Patricia Bowman, Retired Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Unconstructive staff behaviours can disrupt a thriving school environment. School leaders need positive, generative communication strategies that can defuse negativity and inspire teachers to change their behaviour and become contributing members of the learning community.

From Difficult Teachers…to Dynamic Teamwork examines the underlying basis of problematic behaviours and provides proactive, proven strategies for building teamwork and a positive school culture. Leaders will discover strategies for enhancing their interpersonal skills, determining if their own behaviour is contributing to the problem, and encouraging behaviour change in teachers and staff. Based on interviews with more than 50 experienced principals, this valuable resource connects content to practice via:

- Key tools, practical resources, organizational charts, and behaviour assessment forms

- Sage advice and quotations from experienced educators

- Sample dialogues to help identify behaviour challenges

- "Take Action" sections for specific implementation strategies

Maximize the effectiveness of your staff by building a culture of shared leadership, collegiality, and teamwork.

About the Authors
Part I. Identification and Understanding
1. Understanding Difficult Teachers
Who Are They?

How Did They Get This Way?

What Do Difficult Teachers Want?

The Effects of Difficult Teachers

2. Difficult Teachers, Difficult Behaviors
Chronic Comnplainers

Negative Teachers

Inflexible Teachers







Selfish Teachers

Part II. Solutions and Strategies
3. Facilitating Behavior Change: Conversations, Warnings, and Improvement Plans
Before a Problem Occurs

How to Encourage Behavior Change

When Conversations Fail

4. Am I Contributing to the Problem?
Why Are Some Principals "Difficult"?

Could Your Behavior Be Considered Difficult?

Fertile Ground for Difficult Teachers

Gender-Related Differences in Difficult Behaviors

Strategies for Change

Part III. Prevention
5. Interpersonal Skills That Help
Listening to Understand

Speaking for Understanding

Body Language

Defusing Emotionally Charged Conversations

6. Creating a Culture of Teamwork
Building a Positive Culture

Focusing on Positive Teachers

Creating a Spirit of Teamwork

Rewarding Positive People


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412913478