In this video we discuss a topic that can be controversial - the classroom management positive reinforcement strategy! While some people may think of lollies and other tangible rewards, positive reinforcement is so much more than simply handing out sweet treats.
Now more than ever, it is crucial for students to be healthy […]
In this video I am going to share with you simple evidence-based gratitude practices you can use to increase YOUR wellbeing and the wellbeing of your students. Gratitude practices are easy to incorporate into your class and the benefits include reduced stress and depression, less anxiety, increased levels of enjoyment and longevity. Gotta love that!
There are simple things you can do to look after yourself especially at times when the demands of teaching can feel overwhelming. Learn how to give yourself permission to care for you so that you teach with enthusiasm and inspire your students!"
In this video I will share with you some effective ways you can improve time management by managing your energy rather than focusing on your time. 'Compassion fatigue’ is characterised by symptoms such as depression, inability to focus, decreased effectiveness, burnout and breakdown. Watch to learn more :)
In this video I share with you 7 ways to support your wellbeing by being aware of your own self-talk and help to keep something called Imposter Syndrome at bay.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on education. Both for […]
The way we are working isn’t working for teachers. ‘74% of employees are experiencing an energy crisis.’ Tony Schwarz ‘I have so much time to do all the things I need to do’ Said no teacher ever!! Time for all the marking and the lesson plans and the meetings, and creating resources and the parent meetings and time for that student who is falling behind, and the student who is miles ahead.
Stress is a part of life, right? We all have to learn to deal with it. Teachers, however, report high levels of stress and the attrition rate of new teachers is between 30-40% in the first five years. While your employer has some responsibility for the health and safety, it is up to you to be accountable for your own wellbeing.
Every time I meet a teacher in their first few years of teaching, my heart goes out to them! Nothing can prepare you for that first year when you feel like you will never remember all the things you are supposed to do... If I could go back and speak to my young, eager, new-teacher self, here is what I would say:
Teachers who adopt a positive approach to behaviour are more likely to have improved wellbeing through increased job satisfaction since they are not looking for a quick fix, but recognise that like all learning, we need long term solutions that take the needs of the student into account.
Teacher wellbeing and teacher stress are strongly linked to student wellbeing and consequently to student achievement. A teacher who prioritises their wellbeing using a variety of strategies to cope with the inevitable stress, is more likely to be resilient when the going gets tough and an inspiring role model for students. A teacher who prioritises their wellbeing using a variety of strategies to cope with the inevitable stress, is more likely to be resilient when the going gets tough and an inspiring role model for students. Here are 5 really simple ways to beat teacher stress, increase teacher wellbeing and student achievement...
The beginning of the school year is undoubtedly exciting, but it can also be an overwhelming time for new teachers, or even for experienced teachers and if you are changing schools, teaching a new grade level or a new subject area or going back to teaching after a break, this time can be even more stressful. There are three things that will make a huge difference to your classroom, your sanity and your students’ success and they are not about curriculum, they are about behaviour.
One of the key takeaways from the Teacher Wellbeing Workshop in 2017 to reduce workload, was prioritising tasks to use your time and energy more effectively. Deciding what tasks you need to do and what can be left undone can be very freeing. As can realising that you can say no: no to students, to colleagues, to parents, and (even!) no to your boss. Teachers are notorious for saying yes to far too many projects and then burning out. It’s a downward spiral.
Here is an outstanding list of Behaviour Management Resources for Teachers.
Put these 7 strategies in place to reduce parental anxiety (and your own) in meetings with parents.
When students don’t listen or follow directions, or they roll their eyes when you speak, or they talk while you are talking, it can seem as though they don’t care what you think of them. This is a misconception. Young people do care what adults e.g. parents and teachers think of them. They care very deeply even when they don’t show it. The more it seems they don’t care, the more they do care.
While we cannot eliminate all change from a student’s school day, we can put some strategies in place that help students to cope and hopefully prevent difficult behaviour or meltdowns that may result from their anxiety.