Monday is for motivation here at Snarky Central. Every good educator knows that in order to have a successful career in the field, you have to stay motivated. This segment will be not only for motivating students, but also motivating faculty and staff!
This brings me to my favorite community-wide morale booster: Teacher Buddies! (If you'd like to include more/less people, you can rename it, "Staff Buddies!", "School Name Buddies!", etc.) Everyone knows that morale can slow down at certain points of the year. This is a program that’s really easy to implement and puts a smile on everyone’s faces. I’ve seen everyone from first year teachers to twenty year veterans get into this. My school has been doing this activity at the end of the year for about five years now. It’s so much fun and really makes low morale times just a little more exciting. When I took the program over, I created a simple worksheet to have everyone fill out so it was easier to assign buddies, so today I’m sharing that with you.
The objective is simple: everyone who wants to participate is assigned a buddy. Over the course of a set time period, you try to give that buddy a little morale boost anonymously. It can be absolutely anything you want from a note to a cup of coffee. (I got flowers on my desk this year!) My assigned buddy also was in my room 24/7 to borrow my 3-hole punch, so at the end of the program when I finally went to reveal myself, I left her one. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant and buddies are allowed to decide how much they would like to invest.
I uploaded it as a Word Document on my TPT, so it’s free and fully editable for anyone who would like to use it and I hope you do. It’s a lot of fun and helps you get to know your colleagues in a different way.
Here it is - enjoy!
Happy Monday, Educators!
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