SIM 6: Approach Them Quietly  

We Agree....


It's always best to respect everyone in a Faculty meeting.  Calling them out can disrespect them, ignoring them only perpetuates the problem, and asking them a question to get their attention can also come across as childish.  Address the problem at the appropriate time.  During downtime walk over to them and engage them in a conversation and ask them to stay connected and engaged in the Faculty meeting.  


If they continue to ignore you at that point, ignore them and address it immediately after the meeting.  If they continued to ignore your request to pay attention, it's important to document that and set clear expectations for Faculty meetings.  


I share this as a real case scenario, I worked at a school where teachers would read the newspaper during Faculty meetings.  The principal had enough and blew up on them in front of everyone.  Guess what happened, teachers saw the principal lose his/her cool and now the newspaper reading teachers became the victims who others felt sorry for.  Blowing up and confronting them in front of the faculty rarely results in a positive outcome.