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Study Reducing Teacher Tardiness with the PIPS Method

5. Many teachers feel unrecognized in their value. They wish to receive appreciation for what they are doing well, and when that is not forthcoming, they may tend to act out in ways that could include coming to work late.

6. Many of the teachers do not wish any playground duty at the beginning of the day as this responsibility conflicts with getting plans and materials in order for the classroom.

7. Some of the teachers simply do not like being told what to do and would prefer an honor system more appropriate to professional, salaried employees. The 7:30 a.m. arrival time seems arbitrary and dictatorial, not in keeping with mature, self-disciplined individuals acting in the best interests of their educational charges.

8. The system for procuring substitutes each day is somewhat haphazard, as the principal does not know until 8:00 a.m. who is going to be teaching each day.

9. Some of the older, seasoned teachers resent the presence of newer, enthusiastic teachers who come out of the universities, thinking that they can idealistically solve all educational problems. The more experienced teachers feel lacking in recognition for their wisdom and years of successful work.

It is important that the problem solvers are able to differentiate between problems and solutions. This particular team does well in postponing solutions at this time, although the principal simply wants people there on time. The principal agrees to defer to the group problem-solving process in order to explore the underpinnings of the difficulty and may come to see that the lateness is a symptom rather than the core problem.

One definition of a problem is the disparity between an existing condition and the desired condition. In this case, one of the existing conditions is that the principal wants the teachers to be present at school at 7:30 a.m. and some of the teachers don't want to be there at 7:30 a.m. The desired condition is a matter of value j...

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