Whether you are a new teacher or a teacher looking for ways to invigorate your practice or whether you starting at the beginning of the school year or part way through there are basic principles and ways of operating that will support you in this wonderful profession of teaching.
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It is highly likely that you have been more stressed than usual and perhaps felt symptoms of teacher burnout during these uncertain times and also felt that there was very little that you could do about it. Taking control of your own wellbeing is vital for teachers and in these extraordinary times it is even more important than ever. In this video we look at the signs and symptoms of burnout and what steps you can take to care for yourself whether we are in the midst of a pandemic or not. The struggle (in teaching) is real!
Teacher burnout can be a problem in our education system. In this video I will share with you some effective ways to manage the almost inevitable overwhelm (and burnout) that comes with teaching. There are useful tips you can use to significantly reduce the overwhelm and help you to manage your emotions so that you can deal with tricky situations and tricky students in more effective ways.
In schools where teachers don’t feel safe themselves, they are more likely to ignore poor student behaviour because they don’t feel supported or valued. Here are 7 ways that schools can work to change the culture of ignoring bad behaviour.
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.
The end of the year is fast approaching and if you are like any other teacher ever, you will be checking up on how much content you have taught this year, how much you didn’t get done and frantically trying to assess students for their learning so that you can write an accurate report for the end of the year.
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:
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.
Put these 7 strategies in place to reduce parental anxiety (and your own) in meetings with parents.
With a focus on how the school principal and executive can lead their staff in the area of wellbeing by being role models and positive examples, the five ways to wellbeing fit beautifully into school life especially as part of building a positive school culture that supports staff health and wellness.
Happiness, energy and confidence are boosted by focusing on teacher wellbeing. Both yours and your students!
There is no doubt that in schools where there are high levels of harmony and a positive outlook, staff usually experience greater job satisfaction; improved sense of belonging; stronger loyalty; greater commitment; less absenteeism; and higher levels of job performance.