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Etiquette in the Workplace

By AAEE — April 21, 2015 2 min read
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Welcome Back Educators! This is week 3 of... The ABC’s of Being a “Professional” Educator

Congratulations, You’re Hired!

This week it’s all about “etiquette” in the workplace.

Behaving badly could be a recipe for disaster, especially starting in a new profession.

These are the essential ingredients for SUCCESS:

1. Behavior:

Cultivate positive energy; be respectful in all settings and with all people.

2. Communication:

a. Use discretion when communicating with colleagues on Social Media. Don’t discuss anything about school unless it’s positive and related to a school event.

b. Always maintain confidentiality

3. Commitment:

a. Have a ‘passion’ for the work involved in teaching

b. Allow ‘extra’ time beyond expected contact hours with students

c. Focus on the individual needs of the students

d. Prepare students for the future

e. Being proactive in your professional development & share the knowledge

f. Willingness to engage with the school and school’s community

4. Teamwork:

a. Show interest in other team member’s achievements

b. Readily accept feedback on performance

c. Follow through on commitment

d. Encourage others to achieve at high levels

e. Be open to try new approaches

5. Integrity:

Choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gains

A valued colleague and contributor to the team is a result of these combined ingredients.

Elizabeth Lichtenberg Named 2015 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year (//education.nh.gov/recognition/toy2015.htm)

Ms. Lichtenberg has been a part of the Alton community for five years. The selection committee recognized her innate ability to develop authentic relationships with her students. Her generous and optimistic demeanor welcomes students into the learning environment where she prides herself on providing the individual guidance, motivation, and nurturing each student needs to find success. Elizabeth puts great pride in ensuring the students are having fun, but requires that her students take risks as she makes every effort to facilitate growth and change by working closely with both students and parents. Her efforts in the classroom extend beyond the classroom doors as she connects her community to her classroom through a rich student centered curriculum. Her commitment to her students and their families, her school, and her community are remarkable.

Now that you have the recipe, how much are you willing to commit to make this dish a reality?

Jane E. Hussey, Coordinator

Marie Sullivan, Director

Career Development

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

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