Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Are You Your School's Grumpy Cat?

I confess, at times I have been the grumpy cat at school. As I realized it, I would go through this handy checklist I once heard in a sermon to see why I wasn't at my best and being grumpy:
H Am I grumpy because I am HUNGRY? Did I eat breakfast? Lunch?
A Am I ANGRY about something unresolved from my life and find it hard to maintain   professionalism? Need advice, counseling, etc? Meditation? This could also be ANXIOUS. What steps can I take to feel more optimistic?
L Am I feeling LONELY and isolated? Is there a friendly face at school? Maybe the maintenance crew?
T Am I TIRED? Silly question. Teaching is a full on, multi-level challenge. We're always some kind of tired. But what am I doing about it? Delegating? Early bedtime? Deliberately choosing R and R?

Maybe a person is just a Type A and generally judgmental and bossy. Give it some thought, Ms/Mr Type A--how productive is that, really? There is more control and power in kindness. You can manipulate others through achieving mutual success, and be looking so good yourself.

Here is what the web is saying, Grumpy Cat. 

How to Get Along With ANY Teaching Colleague 

Teacher Collaboration in Culturally Responsive Schools

Congenial or Collegial? 

Moving from congeniality to collegiality 

What I've Learned About Being a Good Collaborator 

Collaborating with Colleagues: Being a Team Player 

Not getting along with other teachers 

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