Among workers who said they were on the receiving end of incivility:
48% intentionally decreased their work effort
38% intentionally decreased the quality of their work
25% admitted to taking out their frustrations on customers
Teacher morale is at an all time low. While Principals and assistant Principals can't do anything about salary, VAM and other things coming from outside the school, they can do things inside to make things better. For one, they can treat all teachers equally. They can stop setting up certain teachers to fail and others to be teacher of the year. They can program fairly. I have seen countless examples of stacked classes, stacked to make a teacher look good and stacked to make them look bad. I have seen APs make excuse after excuse for one teacher's lateness and write letters when another is 2 minutes late once in 20 years. I have seen administrators publicly reprimanding teachers with no regard to who is around. I've seen administrators take credit for teacher work.
In a school, hurting teachers hurts students. Yet, nothing is done to help improve it. I remember sitting at a small meeting where morale improvement was the goal. One or two members of each department voiced what they considered problems. The discussion ended as soon as we walked out the door. Nothing was done.
I remember an AP I once worked for who wanted everyone to come to his end term party. He thought it was a great morale booster. Many of us boycotted. A party did nothing to fix the situation we were in all year round.
(Newsday March 25, 2013 page 41)
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