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What is the Teacher Matrix?

Chanie WilschanskiComment

For now, forget about culture

It’s something I’ll address later 

For right now you need to understand where your teachers live before you can see where the pain points of your culture are and what you need to work on. 

Most school leaders run in the dark with a flashlight in their pocket - and need to be reminded to turn that flashlight on and then I can show where to shine it. 

There are so many things that are unique and special about teachers and educators - I mean the list goes on and on. 

What is NOT unique no matter where you live on this planet, or what the socio economic status is of your parent body, or how much money the school has, or what your teachers get paid, or even if your teachers are certified or not. 

All teachers are humans. 

And as humans we have certain capacities, needs, wants and desires ---- and then with the right leader or coach we can push ourselves beyond what we thought was the norm. 

I’ve created something called the Teacher Matrix. 

ALL teachers live in one of these areas. 

  1. Flow
  2. Burnout
  3. Boredom
  4. Apathy 

It’s fairly simple to figure out where each teacher lives. Use the matrix right here to figure it out. 

The challenge is knowing how to empower each teacher depending on where she lives in the matrix. And then also follow up with her and create accountability while still inspiring creativity and innovation. 

(To be continued)

Right now, download the matrix and place your teachers in the different quadrants.

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PS. Ever heard of the “Toothpaste Trap”? 

There is a 100% chance that you are victim of it - no doubt about it. 

It’s the thing that separates truly successful leaders from others. 

I’ll tell you about this another time…. It will be a real Aha moment for you! 

It took me a long time to learn this, I’m a recovering victim myself