Schools would not run smoothly without the secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, security team, or food service staff. Often their support is so seamless, we almost forget that they exist and we often take for granted, all the glitches they unglitch. So, as you are thinking about building a classroom community, take a moment out to think about how you might build positive relationships with your building’s support personnel. Here’s a few suggestions from our books, Thriving in the High School Classroom and From Surviving to Thriving: Mastering the Elementary Classroom.
- Acknowledge support personnel with a smile, a nod, or short conversation.
- Turn in paperwork on time. If it’s going to be late, let the secretary know.
- Communicate with the custodian when a class event is going to result in extra trash or your classroom furniture arrangement may impede cleaning.
- Don’t forget to let the food service staff know when your students may not be dining in the cafeteria.
- Take time out to introduce yourself to the security team and find out what you can do to make their job easier.
- If you have bus duty, connect with the bus drivers.
And, as we all know, it is the school secretary who really runs the school!
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