Those training to be teachers and recent graduates who have been appointed to schools, are usually on contract, are sometimes reticent to contribute View points on issues. For trainees, there may be a question as to whether or not they’re welcome at staff meeting is.

I believe it to be an important part of pre-service education for those on practice to make every effort to attend staff meetings. This validates educational interest and confirms to staff members and school leaders more than a minimalist sense of obligation.

As in “newbie” in staff meetings it is important to listen and take in what’s being said. A part of staff meetings is to contribute to the debate. Quite often those who have been in schools for a long period of time are up to date with current educational trends and thinking. Sharing what to many will be “new knowledge” helps in terms of deepening and broadening the thinking an awareness of all staff members.

After a period of time (and it doesn’t usually take too long) people get to understand when it’s appropriate to speak and to listen. It’s within staff meetings that teamship and the idea of being a team member really develops.

The suggestions apply equally at team and unit meetings. Within schools, professional development meetings are also held and it is in this space the contributions by people relatively new to the profession maybe particularly appreciated.

An important part of meetings is to keep a note of both key inputs and outcome is generated by the gathering. This doesn’t have to be in huge detail but certainly assists recall during reflective times.

Regardless of what people might say, meetings are an important part of the school fabric. Meaningful contribution and establishing positive meeting habits stands teachers in good stead as they move through the years of their experience.

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