What Teachers Need to Know About Personal Wellbeing
Publisher: Australian Centre of Educational Research, 2008
Teachers are renowned for putting their own needs last and, although this is a natural response in the short term, the long-term consequences can be damaging to health and wellbeing.
Personal Wellbeing will help teachers evaluate their life and work in order to become more fulfilled and productive.
It provides insights into many aspects of wellbeing, analysing exactly what makes people happy and contented, and presents a series of challenges to practise the strategies outlined.
At The Australian Ballet School, students are trained to build the skills of being positive, empathetic and proactive, and making deliberate choices in both dance and life. Building a worthwhile sense of self helps students to be resilient and courageous through the tough times they’ll inevitably face.
Stress is part of life and it will be part of our experience whether we like it or not. When we let unmanaged stress manifest in us – physically, psychologically and emotionally – it is like a pressure cooker that is building up steam. The more we allow it to control how we feel in everything we do, the more pressure we will feel.
Your pile of marking is getting bigger, you have reports, parent interviews looming and classes to teach. You feel wrung out and worn down wondering how you’ll fit it all in.
In schools across Australia, there are educators avoiding having difficult conversations with their colleagues. Here’s some tips on how to get the conversations started.
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