How to Talk to Toxic Staff

by | Jan 17, 2023

When toxic behaviour goes unchecked, it can become the accepted norm!

 

As a principal, one of the most difficult tasks you may face is having a hard conversation with a toxic teacher.

 

This type of teacher can create a negative and unhealthy environment for both students and their colleagues, and it’s important to address their behavior in order to maintain a positive and productive learning environment for all.

Before having the conversation, it’s important to gather all of the necessary information and evidence. This may include documentation of the toxic behavior, such as complaints from colleagues or parents, or observations from other staff members. It’s also important to consider the context and any underlying factors that may be contributing to the behavior, such as personal or professional stress.

When it comes time to have the conversation, it’s important to approach it with a calm and professional demeanor. It’s also important to be direct and specific about the behavior that needs to change, and to avoid making assumptions or accusations. It’s important to remember that the goal of the conversation is not to blame or punish the teacher, but rather to help them understand the impact of their behavior and to find ways to improve.

It’s also important to give the teacher an opportunity to share their perspective and to ask any questions they may have. It’s important to remember that everyone has their own perspective, and it’s important to listen and understand where the teacher is coming from.

Once the conversation is over, it’s important to follow up and to continue to monitor the teacher’s behavior. It’s important to provide support and resources, such as professional development opportunities or counseling services, to help the teacher improve. It’s also important to communicate with other staff members and to keep them informed of any progress that’s being made.

It’s important to remember that this is not an easy task, and it’s not something that can be done overnight. It’s important to be patient and to understand that change takes time. It’s also important to remember that this is not a one-time conversation, but rather a process that will continue over time.

It’s also important to remember that it’s not always the teacher’s fault, some times the toxic behavior is the result of the school’s culture, and the principal should look into that.

It’s important to remember that having a hard conversation with a toxic teacher is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength and leadership. By addressing this type of behavior, you are taking a step towards creating a positive and productive learning environment for all.

In conclusion, dealing with toxic teachers is a challenging task for any principal. It’s important to gather all necessary information and evidence, approach the conversation calmly and professionally, give the teacher an opportunity to share their perspective, and follow up and monitor the teacher’s behavior. It’s also important to remember that change takes time and it’s not always the teacher’s fault. Finally, it’s important to remember that addressing this type of behavior is a sign of strength and leadership.

Written By Dwayne1313

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