How Can I Improve Teacher Morale & Motivation? Blog Feature

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite on September 29th, 2022

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How Can I Improve Teacher Morale & Motivation?

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At the beginning of the school year, educators might be feeling excited, hopeful, stressed, or maybe apprehensive about what's to come. As the year moves along, the uncertainty felt at the beginning becomes more certain as teachers settle into what works with their specific set of students, but as an administrator you want to do everything possible to keep that excitement and hopeful momentum going.

While more pay and coworker comradery are obvious benefits in a workplace, here are three things teachers want to stay motivated and happy in their schools - alongside ways we at VariQuest can help.

Freedom to Innovate & Nurture Creative Ideas

students anchor chart perfectaIt seems like we're always saying "this year's students are different." As technology has advanced, social issues have reached younger populations, and the pandemic rocked what we knew as "normal." Innovating to help this "new" type of student learn in "new" ways can be a constant trial-and-error process, and teachers want the agency to give it all a try.

To reach these students, educators want to be able to deviate from the comfortable and traditional and really make an effort to get creative with methods of learning - whether it be from hands-on experiences, digital exploration, or immersive environmental opportunities. To give a teacher tools that will help diversify their learning techniques is opening up a whole world of possibilities to constantly create.

Using the VariQuest Design Software packed with our Engage Every Learner® Content, educators can choose from thousands of pre-designed templates and cutout collections covering a wide range of subject areas and age levels, or create their own designs from scratch using thousands of graphics, fonts, and cutout shapes. The possibilities are endless, and the creativity is never limited.

More Time

cold laminator teacher usingWho doesn't want [need] more time? Between lesson-planning, lesson-teaching, lesson-grading, and all the personal time that educators invest in their students, time is a precious commodity. Giving teachers tools that help them perform their day-to-day tasks, in even less time, is invaluable. And as you might have guessed, saving teachers time is one of the things our tools do best.

With a poster design system, digital die-cut system, specialty printer, and cold laminator in-house, not only do teachers avoid having to outsource their creative projects ahead of time, but they can complete their usual tasks (like hand-cutting shapes or hand-drawing classroom visuals) in a fraction of the time. Plus, our Engage Every Learner® Content in the VariQuest software contains over 22,000 templates, graphics, cutouts, and collections to spark inspiration and provide time-saving framework to customize.

Praise & Recognition

teacher award plaque motivaIn any profession, recognizing the hard work of employees is an important way to motivate and boost morale. Education is no exception. Showcasing excellent teaching ideas, providing a forum for peer acknowledgement, and distributing achievement awards are all ways to recognize staff in a meaningful way.

With the Motiva® 400 Specialty Printer, you can create award plaques for years of service or outstanding performance in-house, and on-demand with ease. And as we've talked about, you have thousands of templates and graphics to choose from in the Engage Every Learner Content in the VariQuest software, so you can customize already-created ideas, or design your own from scratch. With the Perfecta® Poster Design System, you can create professional award certificates, recognition posters, and work-showcasing banners with ease. And did we mention - ON-DEMAND and IN-HOUSE - for a fraction of what it would cost to outsource?

Your teachers are the heart of your school, not only for teaching academic subjects, but acting as role models for students who are growing and learning about life from them every day. If administrators invest in tools that not only enhance the learning environment, but also enhance teachers' abilities to do their jobs effectively, the school will be a motivational and happier place.

Contact us today for a no-obligation demonstration with one of our expert education consultants to see how the VariQuest tools could enhance the experience at your school for your teachers and align with multiple federal and state funding streams.

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Want to see more? Many of our VariQuest team members are former educators themselves. See what they had to say about how the value of the VariQuest tools in our video blog post, What Are the Best Educational Tools for Schools? #variquestvalue

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