The book of Proverbs says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." The same holds true for schools: Where there is no vision, teachers teach aimlessly and students perish academically.
If you are an administrator looking for a simple vision to cast regarding what should be happening daily in your classrooms, I give you TEACH. This is a simple, easy to remember mnemonic device that enables administrators to be consistent in giving teachers expectations for their classrooms and enables teachers to focus on a few important things daily.
E-Engaged Learners - Students should be focused, attentive but dynamic participants in the lesson, rather than sedentary recipients of information.
A-Active Teaching - Teachers should teach bell to bell, engage students, require active participation from students, dialogue with rather than present to students.
C-Consistency - Teachers should be even-keeled, not prone to mood swings, "predictable and supportive," and "fair, firm and consistent" in all aspects of teaching and managing the classroom.
H-High Expectations - Teachers should establish high expectations for student behavior, student effort and student performance, and should be consistent in holding students accountable based on those high expectations.
How do you get results? By presenting TEACH in the first faculty meeting of the year and then emphasizing TEACH throughout the year, you can get all your faculty on the same page. Post TEACH in each classroom for all to see. Finally, at each faculty meeting, department chair meeting, or grade level meeting, place TEACH below your school's mission statement on a cover sheet that covers the meeting's agenda. You can expect to see from your faculty only what you emphasize. As an administrator, your job is to help teachers become better. Cast a vision. Teach them TEACH.