Season 5 Episode 1: Staffrooms

Let the new season begin!  In the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun discuss many teachers second home – the staff room. They explore the role of the staffroom, what a typical staffroom looks like and some of their favourite staffroom activities. There is also a new castaway on the Dessert Island telling us about some of their favourite teaching resources.

The 7 Functions Of A School Staff Room.

  • A place to work (Office)
  • A place to eat, drink and talk to fellow staff (Café)
  • A place to escape and have some privacy (Refuge)
  • A place to store important documentation and books (Library)
  • A place to store personal belongings in a safe and secure environment (Storeroom)
  • A place to find out information and news (Notice Board)
  • A place to teach, when other rooms are full or in use (Classroom)

Six things to brighten your staffroom

Humanising your staffroom

And a blog post from a friend of the podcast about staffrooms

As your commute is coming to an end, here are a couple of ideas for you to try out in your staffroom. In the episode we talked about things you can do to brighten your staffroom, Shaun mentioned the Idea of the week.
This is a way to encourage the sharing of resources and to help foster trust and mutual  respect in a staffroom. Find a place on the staffroom wall to start an idea an ‘idea of the week’ board.  Each week, one teacher puts up an idea, piece of material or activity which has worked for them and they feel others teachers could use.  It doesn’t have to be a something they created themselves for example it might be a new activity they have come across in a resource book. They put up the material and a reason for its choice. The following week another teacher puts up an idea and so on.
Lindsay mentioned he used to put up the daily crossword for the staff to solve together.  Encouraging collaborative fun and games is a good way to build a cohesive staffroom.  You can find a crossword on most newspaper sites, print that off and use that.  Alternatively put up word games or puzzles for teachers to tackle. Another thing he used to do was top ten lists, where people had to write up their top ten films, activities, books, places they had been etc.