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Coping with the Emotional Weight of Teaching

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 23 June 2021, 11:05 SAST
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How do we keep doing this, day after day, when so many of our students are hurting?
One of my students went missing a couple of weeks ago. He ran away, and was sleeping in abandoned apartment buildings. Even with help from the police and the kid’s friends, who were rightfully concerned, it took us a few days to find him. I don’t think I slept the whole time he was gone. When our local police found him and took him in, four teachers were waiting at the precinct with a smorgasbord of fast food, because we were afraid he’d been hungry.

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Why Teachers Need to Put On Their Own Oxygen Masks First

By Love Teach

''You can’t pour from an empty cup.''
One morning, I woke up and couldn’t move my arm.It was a Sunday during early November of my second year of teaching. I had been told that the first year is the hardest, but this maxim was not proving true for me. I loved my kids. I loved teaching and watching myself and my students improve. But when it came to everything else, I was seriously struggling. Though I had barely any teaching experience, I took on several leadership roles, supervising and advising other teachers when I could barely keep my own head above water. Add to this situation a particular administrator (one I think I can legally describe using the word “tyrant” without it being libel) and, in a system where powers went wildly unchecked, I often felt powerless.

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How do we support teachers’ mental health?

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 June 2021, 16:40 SAST
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By Cayleigh Bright at Mail and Gaurdian

Teachers must take care to not keep selflessly giving and learn to take care of their own emotional and physical needs. Teaching may not be considered a typical high-pressure job, but there are few who would deny that it’s an undertaking that requires a special set of skills and extraordinarily high levels of patience, empathy and communication.


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Teachers' Mental Health is in crisis

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 June 2021, 14:55 SAST
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We are now seeing the impact of this perfect storm on many teacher’s mental health and wellbeing. This is a far-reaching crisis which needs comprehensive action. Every day we support education professionals who are suffering the consequences of many factors causing severe pressure: budget cuts; fewer staff, bigger class sizes and localised recruitment and retention difficulties in some areas are adding to workload and increasing stress levels. Outside school, many are suffering financially.

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Because teaching is such an intensive job, educators can greatly benefit from learning about and practicing self-care. Unfortunately, teachers may worry that taking care of themselves can lead to self-absorption and distract them from their students. However, despite the misleading title, self-care isn’t at all about selfishness. In fact, practicing self-care can be in the best interest of everyone in your classroom. Self-care is all about taking care of your health and making sure that you have everything you need to thrive as a teacher. Without taking care of yourself, you won’t have the energy to help your students.

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Article by Brittney Newcomer
As an educator, you have many changes to navigate due to the  coronavirus . Your school might be shifting between online and in-person learning. You might be adapting to new schedules and different ways of teaching. On top of it all, you’re trying to keep up with the needs of your students, your family, and your friends. 

It’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed. You may need a reminder that practicing self-care is essential to your well-being, especially during times of uncertainty and transition. You may be looking for ideas on how to practice self-care or how to find time to practice self-care.


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It's time to push teacher wellbeing

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 June 2021, 11:55 SAST
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by Julian Stanley

Teachers are at breaking point. It's time to push wellbeing up the agenda. The number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the past 12 months. Many of them are in crisis. The consequence of poor mental health among education staff is a growing recruitment and retention problem.

When secondary school teacher Victoria broke down in front of her class, she realised the stress of the job had got too much. “I became exhausted,” she says. “I stepped into my classroom and instantly knew I couldn’t be there.” She called our charity’s helpline, which offers mental health support to those working in education. She’s just one of 8,668 people to have come to us for help in the past 12 months.

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Teachers Need Each Other More Than Ever

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 June 2021, 11:40 SAST
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Artice by Elizabeth Mulvahill

With a hasty switch to distance learning due to COVID-19, educators are dealing with a tsunami of challenges and emotions. Most of us had to scramble, with very little notice, to adapt to an entirely new way of planning and teaching.

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