work athmosphere

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  1. stapler

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    Do you have a good work atmosphere? Do you feel you are valued? Do you go out with your peers or it is just a professional relationship? In my case the work athmosphere is neutral, it is only a professional relationship.
     
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  3. MrsC

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    We generally have a fabulous work atmosphere. Our principal works very hard to ensure that we all feel valued and supported. Our staff is large--over 70 including office staff, caretakers and ed assistants--so we aren't all close; we simply don't all see each other very often. We had our staff holiday party last week and, in spite of it being so close to Christmas, over 50 attended. I have a few very good friends on staff that I socialize with outside of school.

    There were some stresses and tensions over the past couple of weeks, but admin put some rumours to rest and we're hoping that the rest over the holidays will help.
     
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    It's not hostile. It's workable.

    My yearly reviews state I'm valued and mastered. The principal and 2 others that have high rankings in the school (counselor, curriculum specialist) are overworked, therefore they don't have the opportunity to pass down personal accolades and pat on the backs. If anything, 2 of the 3 of them I value the most because they're physically and mentally there for us.

    I'm strictly professional with my team. We work tremendously well together.

    My gosh, it sounds like I work in an office building instead of a school.
     
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    I work in a good atmosphere. Not the best ever - there's not as much camaraderie as there was last year - but I stay away from drama and I'm happy with my job. I do wish I had more work friends. Everyone seems busier and a bit more stressed this year, and people don't spend much time together outside of work.
     
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    work atmosphere is fine...my admin pretty much has a hands off attitude (which I like). My relationship with my peers is mostly professional and cordial...there is very little time for socialization (for instance, no other teacher on my hall has lunch at the same time as I do) during the course of the day.Never is there anything after work.I am fine with that as I already had a social network before starting to work there. Yes, I feel valued (good reviews and little to no interference from above). So, all in all, I am very satisfied (not saying that there aren't some things that need to be fixed or it is utopia by any stretch).
     
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    My work atmosphere is phenomenal. I have an amazing principal who values and respects us. We have so much freedom. I don't ever want to leave. It's just a very positive place to be - even outsiders who visit our school notice and comment on the great atmosphere.

    I have a great working relationship with my colleagues, but I don't hang out with any of them outside of school really. Maybe once in a great while. That's fine with me - having friends at work isn't really a requirement for a good atmosphere, in my opinion. Others might find that to be more important.
     
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    I love the atmosphere at my school. I feel valued, respected and supported. A couple of my co-workers are very close friends of mine, but I consider most of my co-workers friends. We have a few morale-boosting activities (once a month a grade-level hosts early release training and provides food for everyone, we also have spirit dress up days about once a month, and the winning grade level gets a "free" jeans day)

    Overall I just work with really great people. I used to live 5 minutes from school, but this summer we bought a house in a district 35 minutes away... I'll continue to make the commute because I would really miss my co-workers, PTA and admin.
     
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    I was really hesitant about working in middle school and still don't *love* the age (I'm in 6th), but I do really, really like the atmosphere a lot. It's a tough school and it has its days, but all the teachers on the 6th grade team are really supportive and helpful and the 6th grade administrator is the. best. She always has our back, always gets us what we need, always makes us feel appreciated. I get the feeling it's maybe not quite as pleasant in one of the other grade levels and in that regard, the atmosphere is probably lacking. The grade levels don't cross very much. But I'm very happy where I am. We don't spend a ton of time together outside of school, but I'm okay with that. I'll cop to being the one who usually just wants to go home and curl up with a book for a few minutes. :)
     
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    I would also describe mine as neutral. My admin is really hands off, which I personally don't mind. It bothers some of the staff at my school greatly though! I tend to get along fine with my team, but we're not best buddies. I have a little group that I eat lunch with every day, which I appreciate, but they're definitely "work friends" and not super "close friends." They're all significantly older than me and are married with kids while I am young and single, so our lives/interests don't have much in common outside of work. If any of us left the school, I don't see us keeping in touch. There are a few people that I work with that are really hard to get along with, but for someone in my teaching position I think that's true anywhere, and they don't tend to interfere with me doing my job or anything like that.

    I used to live in a very isolated, tiny town where work was really the only place to meet people and socialize. There, I was very connected to our (small) staff and was part of the "in" crowd at work. I now live in a large city and have a large social circle outside of work. I love that most of my friends are not teachers and our social outings are not spent complaining/talking about work. Because I have so many friends outside of work now, I'm no longer interested in merging my work life and social life and couldn't care less about being in the "in" crowd. I actually prefer to keep my social life separate from work now and generally choose not to attend things like holiday parties or the never ending wedding/baby showers (I do send a gift for showers).

    My first school had an amazing environment (but I hated the location) and my second school was absolutely horrible. I could go on for pages about how bad it was! I think now that I've experienced that, I'm pretty happy with anything! I definitely don't let the little stuff bother me anymore.
     
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    In my teaching career, I've seen school atmospheres that were "the good, the bad, and the ugly". Ugly was when teachers would gossip about other teachers. Ugly was when there was so much competition to rise out of the school that some teachers would hope others looked bad so they would look better. Bad was a school that seemed to target a teacher each year, a different teacher every year. But now the good. Good is an administration that is there to support the teachers and staff. Good is a group of teachers and staff who support each other. Good is a group of teachers who volunteer to double up grades in a weather related emergency (which was often at this one school). Good is a staff where everyone is valued, not just the teachers and principal, but the cooks, the janitors, everyone. (I've seen several instances where a janitor was the best counselor and teacher a student could have had. In fact, at one school, a certain janitor annually taught a lesson he was proficient in).
     
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    I have been in some good. If a place was bad, I resigned. My last few were horrible. Many parents were getting involved like never before - I think and colleagues probably thought it was a reaction to state requirements for increased community involvement. The community seemed to hate the wealthy teachers. I am pretty sure there was an increase in vandalism to vehicles, theft, etc. (because I know it happened directly to me). Yet most all the students seemed wealthy enough to have cell phones (my wife and I just shared one), many had ipads and when I tried to make a student put a tablet away, her mother came to school and demanded that the principal and counselor force me to allow the student to have an electronic device at all times in case of an emergency. First the counselor came to my room and asked me details. I explained and right in the middle of my explanation he looked away and shouted out that (student's name) is a pathological liar. Then the principal came to my room and told me there was nothing we could do, saying the parents insist that we allow students to use electronic devices during class.

    I was at a party where teachers were talking and one spoke up saying "....cell phones are killing it!"
    So everyone started talking about their experience in the classroom. It was similar to mine. I simply and quietly just started looking for another job, but suddenly my mom died and I didn't have time to look. I wound up returning for the fall. It was many times worse. The superintendent turned against me, and I am not sure, but I think I picked up some kind of disease that I still have. Other teachers were suffering. One teacher fought like crazy because of accusations of sexual abuse. He survived, won the case. Then a female teacher was accused of some sexual misconduct. She also survived that. The turn over rate was high. Teachers repeatedly heard racial slurs directed toward themselves as well as to other teachers. One female teacher tried to stand up to it. She was run off. The superintendent acted like racism was not happening. The superintendent was anglo, but seemed to try to find some fault in the teachers and turn everything back on the teachers. Over-all, IT WAS CRAZY !!!!!!!!!!!
    Well, I left the state, but now after a couple of years, I am seriously thinking of going back. Now maybe the state realizes the truth of what is going on in the community, school and classrooms. A friend who also left the state (now in PA) is considering returning. We talk on the phone often and are hearing of changes. But we don't know for sure. It would be nice to be able to know ahead of time what one is getting into.
     
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    Your profile lists your age as 66. Do you really want to start over?
     
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    The environment at my school is good. I, and I'm pretty sure all of us feel appreciated by our P, but also by the Superintendent and other higher ups. (not at all the way it was in San Diego!! ) It is a small school, I get along pretty much with everyone, some people are not my favorite, I stay diplomatic and cordial with them, there are quite a few who I can talk with and chit-chat during lunch and breaks and some I talk with outside of school. I made a few friends in our district, but they don't work at my school.
    I feel comfortable, valued and appreciated, couldn't ask for more.
     
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    Within my own department and by my department chair- absolutely. It's fantastic. I am close friends with other teachers and we are extremely supportive. However, some members of the admin team seem to really dislike me. We're not sure why, but the disdain with which they treat me is palpable (and perplexing to my department chair). Luckily, in such a large school, I go weeks without seeing my principal (one of the ones who dislikes me). If it doesn't lighten up over the next few months, though, I'll probably start job-hunting.
     
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