Establishing Positive Relationships With Fellow Teachers

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FOUNDATION FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING 8:
PEER ASSESSMENT #2

ESTABLISHING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
WITH FELLOW TEACHERS

The collegial relationships which occur among teachers at a school are extremely important in defining the learning atmosphere, character and ethos that exists at an educational institution. Leadership plays a key role in the development of a positive and productive environment but it takes a commitment by all staff members to make this occur, grow and flourish.

The types of relationships and interactions that occur among staff members easily translate to what occurs among the student body. As role models who have significant influence on learners at school, how teachers conduct their daily activities are very important. Students can easily sense any negative feelings teachers may have towards certain pupils and also fellow staff members. This is an important consideration for every educator.

As indicated by Leana (2011), when “teachers are good at their jobs and also talk to one another frankly and on a regular basis about what they do,” student achievement improves significantly. This fact clearly demonstrates the importance of relationship building among teachers and administrators, which usually results in a successful school with a very positive atmosphere. However, the question arises as to what it takes to achieve this situation. As indicated by Brewster and Railsback (2003), there are many factors that mitigate against the development of

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