Leadership-Dictatorship or Companionship?

Balancing teacher recruitment with retention

Author: Subina Chopra

While recruiting teachers, besides the credentials, the attitude of the teacher is important to decipher

Summary

As work is worship, the workplace has to be a temple where love and compassion exists and happiness thrives.To make employees happy and ensure the longevity of their service, relationships should be maintained through respect and understanding bringing in contentment. Which means while recruiting new staff, the different skills have to be discerned and recognized in the teacher. The job profile given should be strictly adhered according to the potential of the teacher, other work or subject should not be imposed. The management needs to be broad-minded, to understand their problems and provide immediate solutions. Besides the amicable attitude, the heads need to be very well versed with the basic knowledge of all subjects and the current affairs. The teacher can be made to believe they can be right and the management can be wrong at times. If gratitude and appreciation become the attitude of the management, the institution is sure to flourish.

The children sitting in the class are either high in visual, kinesthetic or in audio quotient, therefore the teacher has to explicate keeping the three traits in mind

Building a strong foundation for recruiting the right teacher

Freedom is essential for any kind of growth- intellectual, kinesthetic, aesthetic or physical. Hence required is a school emphasizing on good grooming, good education, good ambience and a conducive learning environment thereby leading to a good career and most importantly a good character of the students. It is thus a big responsibility on the management and teachers. Teachers are the pillars of the school, hence their selection involves a meticulous process.
Besides having a pleasant demeanour, teachers need to have a positive attitude to create an affirmative environment for a healthy growth of a student. For this purpose, teachers need to incorporate a high level of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills having the capacity to effectively influence the new generation into learning and adopting the attitude of obedience, etiquettes and imbibing good moral values.
• So during the entire machinery of selection, the first question that is asked of a teacher is if he/she is a teacher by choice or chance. They are bound to excel if the profession is their first love
• The second important aspect is that they have to be a humble being, receptive and ready to learn. Flexibility with creativity has to be mandatory traits to alter teaching strategies to the response of the class.
• The children sitting in the class are either high in visual, kinesthetic or in the audio quotient, therefore the teacher has to explicate keeping the three traits in mind
• While recruiting teachers, besides the credentials, the attitude of the teacher is important to decipher. Ego and know-it-all disposition are a passé. Sophistication, humbleness, amicability is the call of the century
• Evolvement through involvement to enhance the creativity of a student is the true meaning of education

Evolvement through involvement to enhance  the creativity of a student is the true meaning of education

Making strong teacher retention strategies

The social skills of the management and teachers have to of high quotient so as to deal with diverse personalities coming from different backgrounds.
• The onus here lies on the management to hold regular workshops for teachers on not only academics but also on understanding the psychology of the youth of this century
• The principal generally appoints the teachers with the good academic background but what is often ignored is to determine their ability to impart the knowledge with passion, sincerity and affection
• In the midst of stress, peer pressure and cut-throat competition the youth yearns for attention and appreciation. Just as the management is expected to bestow happy and progressive environment, the teachers need to do the same in the classroom. So it is a continuous process of enlisting and guiding talents and energies of teachers towards achieving the goal
• The management has to be very sensitive and considerate in discerning the strengths and weakness and allocating the nature of jobs to the teachers. Expecting beyond their capabilities proves to be detrimental to their growth
• Another aspect of vital importance is to act and conduct in the manner expected out of them. Be the modal you want others to be. Today’s era is not of dictatorship but of companionship and to build collaboration and get the team to work together in harmony
• To retain the masters which the school selects so carefully and diligently they need to harness and respect their knowledge, talents and individuality

The management has to be very sensitive and considerate in discerning the strengths and weakness and allocating the nature of jobs to the teachers

Balancing recruitment and retention

Teachers need support and assistance on a regular basis which brings in a good team spirit exuding cheerfulness thereby building a relationship with a big family.
• The interpersonal relationships of the teachers of a school have to benevolent and congenial so as to make them honest to the profession and inculcate the feeling of belongingness. A strong bond, irrespective of the position or the chair, easy accessibility and flexibility are the prerequisites for joyful teaching and learning
• Teacher’s feedback should be solicited and used in decision making with due acknowledgement
• It is important to keep in mind that schedule should be pre-planned and intimated much in advance as the teachers need to plan and organise accordingly. Last minute changes and information not only irks them but also brings in bitterness
• Rules should not be imposed harshly as it can kill their creativity which will frustrate them and may further reflect in their teaching
• There is a need to maintain a sense of well being, transparency, non-diplomacy and a direct connection with the management
• Too many hierarchies and coordinators sometimes bring in a lot of politics, intimidation and nepotism
• It is important for teachers to believe in themselves, in their profession and in the institution they step in and not always feel suffocated under strict surveillance
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instil a love of learning when trusted. Teaching as all know is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual. The teacher can awaken minds and touch hearts only if their passion is enheartened.

Today’s era is not of dictatorship but of companionship and to build collaboration and get the team to work together in harmony.

Reaching a perfect amalgam

To enliven and enthuse the spirit of dedication and contentment among teachers, the management must remain emotionally less attached but psychologically connected with the team. When teachers feel secured and attached to the management, the school becomes theirs. The team when united can take the school to greater heights with pride leaving no stone unturned without much commands needed. When teachers know their job, they don’t need rules. It is when the school reaches the level where no coordinator is required, every corner will reflect education. To attain this, physical and emotional efforts have to be invested in order to maintain a happy and a long-lasting relationship. Power comes with knowledge and what strengthens it, is happiness.

To retain the masters which the school selects so carefully and diligently they need to harness and respect their knowledge, talents and individuality

About the Author

Subina Chopra

Subina Chopra is the Director of The Aryan International School in Varanasi. Ms Chopra started her career as a designer and changed her profession when her family started a school in Varanasi. Ms Chopra has done honours in Economics, a Diploma in Interior designing and a course on computer programming. She is also a certified biometric analyst She entered the teaching profession in 2003 and now with 14 years of experience, teaching has also become her passion. She teaches English literature to class 12 and is an active part of the school management. Being a teacher, administrator and a school leader, she understands the complexities of each role and aims to provide a favourable niche to all. As a leader, she gives personal attention to her teachers and students for their personal and professional development.

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