The research on which this article is based (click), explains that in good companies , workers feel safe enough to make mistakes and ask questions . Educators around the world know that the learning process never ends, yet it is never looked upon favorably when a teacher raises their hand and asks questions, in fact they believe that because you are a teacher, you take it for granted that you know. absolutely everything. Generally, schools, especially primary and secondary schools, do not encourage their teachers to learn how to teach . They let the methodologies old ones are still valid.
Very few schools are willing to adopt new methodologies, the students they are taught now are very different from those they were taught a decade ago, the new technologies generate different interactions, the students have at their service all the information of the world through the Internet .
It is shown that schools that have sought new study and learning methodologies make the student progress faster and in this way their teachers have more confidence. These new practices generate interactions between teachers and students; and among the teachers themselves. Creating feedback to be able to generate a quality and dynamic education.
The researchers in the current study call this ability to express oneself without fear “ psychological safety .” Interactions and open communication relationships between workers, who are willing to be in constant learning, contrary to what is believed, makes people safer, willing to take risks and understand that more progress is made by trying new methodologies than stay in the past, especially in the educational sciences.
Scientists even explain that creating bonds of this type of interactions at work, create relationships based on trust and respect, where fluid dialogue creates an optimal work environment to be able to grow in the area in which the worker works. These practices applied to a school create exceptional teachers, who take initiatives to new projects and reflect this confidence in their students.
This article at the beginning was aimed at teachers, however the change must be from its structural foundations, that is, that the rectors must take the new business practices and be able to apply them to their schools .
The research yielded resoundingly clear results: the heads of the companies, in this case the directors and coordinators, must model the types of behaviors that create positive relationships between the staff. Here are some tips:
1) Admit your mistakes: This sends a message to teachers that the premise that you never stop learning is real. A study reveals that work teams that function in this way felt more secure and supported, being able to manage and learn from failure.
2) Be open to receiving feedback: communication can not only go from the principal and the coordinators to the teachers, since these are the ones who are in the classroom seeing the real problems. Teachers and administrators must work together to create a healthy and happy culture in the school, a campus where knowledge moves smoothly, that is, where feedback works both ways.
3) Accept that managers do not know everything: The complexity of being a teacher often makes teachers feel uncertain if their decisions make their students learn more. When the directives recognize their mistakes and ignorance in some aspect, they create a school culture where they experience and learn from each other.
The construction of schools where there is a free flow of knowledge is not achieved overnight, however the effort is worth it. In the end, a school culture where everyone feels safe to express themselves and learn from each other leads to a better education for students.