In last week’s blog, we discussed the relationship between students
and educators. This week I’d like to
look at our relationship with our co-workers.
A positive and effective school environment begins with the educator
to educator relationship. This
relationship is every bit as important as the student to educator
relationship. We must work
It seems like we spend more time with our co-workers than we do with
our family! It is important to develop
this relationship and enjoy the people we work with.
It all starts with communication.
You must share information with each other. Don’t be that individual that says, “no one
tells me anything”. If you don’t know,
ask! Talk to each other.
Start each day with a quick 5-minute
meeting. You simply share what you
have on your schedule for the day. You
might also take this opportunity to point out a student that might need some
support from other educators.
These 5 minutes should be about the excitement of the day, not
complaining about what is happening.
Encourage each other, support each other, learn about each other’s
outside interests. Be open-minded about
each other. Be willing to learn from what the other person knows.
One other thing, no matter what, no matter what the circumstances are,
no matter how the other person is acting, never talk smack about another
educator. Not to the other educators,
not to the administration, and never,
never, never, to the students. It
undermines your authority as an educator, it undermines their authority as an
educator, and it is simply unprofessional.
How is your communication with your co-workers? Is it effective? Or is there room for improvement?
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.