Effective communication and a high employee retention rate are among the signs that your workplace has a healthy culture, writes Tim Stevens in this excerpt from the book "Fairness is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace." Other signs include an absence of gossip and a belief in your company's mission.
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A special-education teacher lists the ingredients she believes are needed to create a supportive learning environment for students. They includes a generous helping of positive attitude, smiles, organized lesson plans, art supplies and effective improvisation.
New York City teachers union officials say educators may sue the city if its teacher-evaluation data is released to the media because hundreds of teachers have reported errors in the evaluations. "If members are harmed or defamed because the Department of Education was not managing the data inside of the system, then we will help them take legal action," said the president of the United Federation of Teachers. City officials say principal should flag mistakes and that teachers who've reported errors have often misunderstood the data.
In response to a question from a teacher about whether whiteboards or chalkboards are more environmentally friendly, writer Nina Shen Rastogi suggests that the boards themselves have about the same environmental impact, but chalk creates less waste than the pens used on whiteboards. What may be more important, she contends, is to work toward decreasing your classroom's environmental footprint and passing those lessons on to students.