How to Build Relationships with Other Teachers
- Be Trustworthy
Sharing a fellow colleague’s secrets, gossiping, or talking bad about administrators is a straight show to ruining your trust with your coworkers.
- Form a Birthday Committee
Make every adult on campus feel seen by getting a small group together to acknowledge their birthdays. Commit to getting a card and a small gift like a snack or a coffee gift card.
- Listen to the Vets
You don’t want to come across as a know-it-all in conversations or work meetings. It’s important to express yourself and ideas but be careful of your delivery.
- Ask Questions
Asking questions when you need help or you don’t understand something is a great way to build relationships with other teachers. Also ask them questions about their personal life! You never know, you may have the same hobbies!
- Support Your Coworkers
Supporting your colleagues work shows you care about their interests and you’re willing to show up when they need you. You can also support them by trying out their lesson plans and taking their surveys.
- Offer a Hand
If you have a special talent or skill, use that to help others.
- Respect Boundaries
Teaching is stressful. Many teachers may confide in others or take a lunch in silence by themselves. If you see a teacher needs a break, just let them take their time.
- Be Authentically Yourself
Be honest and be yourself. That’s the best way to make genuine friendships.
- Hang out!
Create memories with your coworkers. Teachers are always going out together or going to school events together.
- Share Positivity
At staff meetings or when talking to teachers try to share a positive experience. No one likes a negative Nancy.