I like to think of myself as very low maintenance in terms of my well-being. And I think many of us are the same. Ultimately, I think it all boils down to the same way in which we treat our pupils. If we apply the same principles to each other as we do pupils- I think we will get it right.
I write this with advice that ANYONE can implement. Really, they are all simple quick fixes- no matter your role or job title.
This makes all the difference. Acknowledging each other with a simple good morning; popping your head into the classroom instead of just walking past, and asking how everyone is really sets the tone for the day.
2. Thank You
This is such a simple one but one that has such an impact. I have always ensured that from something being laminated for me, the tables being wiped, borrowing a whiteboard pen- just say thank you. It is SO powerful.
3. ‘Random Act of Kindness’ Buddies
This one is always a HUGE hit. In each new school that I have introduced this I have always been phased with the same “Is she serious?” look when I first try to introduce it.
How does it work? Every member of staff’s name is put into a hat. Each member of staff pulls out a name in secret (basically Secret Santa). Their job is to be a buddy for the half term. There are so many things this buddy can do to put a smile on their buddy’s face:
- Write them a little note and leave it on their desk
- Make them a hot drink
- Cover their break duty
- Leave a little treat on their desk
- Send pupils to deliver notes
- Cover their after school club
4. Staff ‘Shoutout’ Walls
In each Staffroom that I have worked in I have created a staff shout out wall display. This again is really simple to set-up. I leave a pot of Post-It notes next to the wall and a pen. Staff can then write a little ‘Shout out message’ to anyone. Lots of the time anonymously. It definitely makes me feel good to read a shout-out put on the wall about me.
5. Hot Drinks
This was something that really caught me off guard in my current school and I hope to continue this each place that I go.
Every morning, at least one member of staff would ask me if I would like a hot drink making. Now, in many schools I haven’t even had time to make myself a hot drink never mind others, but it made such a difference. And now, I make time to go and offer others a hot drink.
Once this is embedded in your environment, you will have a nice mix of making the drinks and being brought the drinks. So simple but so nice!
6. Sit in the Staffroom
Again, in previous settings I have convinced myself that I don’t have the time to sit in the staff room at lunch time. Now, I will make sure I eat lunch at the table in the staff room everyday!
Talking to colleagues, asking about their lives…it is such a simple thing but so many of us don’t do it. Even if you start by committing to one day a week, then two etc… I know that it is a part of the day that I look forward to.
I know that if I feel appreciated then the limit that I give is endless. It just inspires me to do more.