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Working With Difficult And Negative Colleagues

I knew the danger of keeping to myself too much as a teacher. Never talking to adults in the building is a sure way to jumpstart your burnout. But at one school, the climate was terrible. So many of my colleagues (teachers and administrators) were difficult and negative most of the time. I found their negativity creeping into my life both in and out of the classroom. That’s why I took steps to make sure I could still work with them but protect myself.
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Working With Difficult And Negative Colleagues
  • William O'Dea says:
    I tend to like my advice quick and to the point. Sure, there’s a lot to be said for learning theories and understanding how the advice came to be. But in the end, I just want something practical that I can use tomorrow. That’s why I like this short video. It quickly explains points and tips that I can use to help avoid letting all of that negativity affect me.
  • teaching.about.com

    The Power of Communicating with Other Teachers

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    William O'Dea says:
    When I needed help dealing with negative teachers, I didn’t just want to avoid them. I wanted to make the situation better. I wanted to know what I could actively do. Although I just recently found this article, the second half (“Eleven things to keep in mind ....”) hits just that. I especially love how asking people about their outside interests can put them in better moods and make them easier to work with.
  • monster.com

    Eight Tips for Handling a Toxic Coworker

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Ah, “negative bonding.” That term is stuck in my head forever. Before reading this article about toxic coworkers, I used to do that all the time. Get the negative teacher on my side by finding something to commiserate over. Sure enough, one teacher I did that with kept coming to me to complain about testing, students, parents, and just about everyone. I wish I had found this article earlier, as these eight tips are great advice for any teacher.
  • work.chron.com

    Dealing With Toxic Co-Workers in Education

    4 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I have to admit that I’ve never got the hang of mindfulness. Even though I love this article, I just can’t help but think about the future a lot. But I know some colleagues who can use that technique to help avoid burnout and get past the negativity from teachers who don’t know anything else. But for me, I liked reading how staying focused on students can help. After all, that’s what I’m here for.
  • themuse.com

    How to Deal With the 5 Most Negative Types of Co-workers

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I found this article while searching for how to deal with a particularly difficult department chair. While it’s not aimed directly at teaching, I instantly found that she fit the “Chicken Little” described in the article to a tee. Even better, it gave me a tough but effective strategy for dealing with such negativity. Once I asked the chair to lighten up some, her and I had a much better relationship. I think she respected how I politely brought it up.
  • educationworld.com

    Managing Difficult People: Turning 'Negatives' Into 'Positives'

    8 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I normally feel guilty when I label people, especially when that label is something like, “Problem teacher.” Everyone has bad days, right? That’s why this article stood out the moment I started reading. It helped me separate people who are hitting a rough spot from chronic complainers who don’t want to succeed anymore. It also describes seven tactics negative people depend on and some coping strategies. While a bit focused on administration, they were still helpful.
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