A common occurrence in early childhood programs can often fly under the radar for you, the administrator, but can drive a rift between your teachers that threatens the peace in your program.
Let’s take an inside look…
One of your teachers is working on a CDA. This may be her own initiative or perhaps at your request. Whichever the case, some of her co-workers have begun behaving badly, talking behind her back, ridiculing her efforts, or avoiding her. At a time when your employee should feel encouraged and pumped about her professional development efforts, she may feel isolated, rejected, threatened, or even bullied by the same people who had been her friends. What would cause these teachers to turn on her? What can be done about it? And, could this have been avoided in the first place?
Often, when a teacher begins classes towards a CDA, it can cause an undercurrent of discord throughout the rest of the staff. Many have been in the child care field for a long time and feel there is not much they don’t know. They may not be keen on the idea of having to go back to school. The teacher down the hall taking classes could be starting a trend that could mean everyone will soon be expected to do the same. Suddenly, “Little Miss Better-Than-Everybody-Else” is the enemy- someone to be criticized or shunned. These feelings may be driven by fear, misunderstanding, or misinformation (or all three). Has this happened in your program? Has this happened to you as a teacher? Tell us about it and how it was handled. Or, just share your comments!