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Finding balance is key

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 17 January 2023, 00:05 SAST
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Your weekend plans should include more than marking papers and planning lessons. If you find yourself paying more attention to your students’ homework than your kids’ homework, you could probably use a hand with your work-life balance.

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Learning and productivity require rest

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 06 December 2022, 11:30 SAST
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It is that time of the year when we all feel burnt out, and our daily tasks make us weary. The need to take a break and just hit that reset button is becoming more and more imperative. If we are being honest, most of us are anxious and have developed some insomnia. A great majority of us find ourselves having to juggle our responsibilities.

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Teacher's guide to managing exam stress

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 26 November 2021, 11:00 SAST
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Exam season is upon us, and with that comes stress, lots of it. Many teachers feel they are expected to perform miracles and get blamed when students don’t do as well as they or particularly their parents expected them to.

Acknowledging that this is a stressful time is the first step; learning how to manage and deal with the stress is the next. If you are an educator, here are some tips for dealing with exam stress.

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Year end self-reflection for teachers

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 17 November 2021, 10:05 SAST
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Article by R.K Henson

Congratulations on making it to the end of this school year! 

The last few days of school can be stressful. From standardised tests to award ceremonies, at times it can feel like there’s not enough time in your school’s schedule for everything you need to get done. But if you have not made time for self-reflection yet, you’re missing a great opportunity. The end of the year is the ideal time to do this.

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Preventing burnout among educators

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 16 November 2021, 12:05 SAST
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Article by Fiona Tapp

Teaching is a rewarding yet demanding career. With extensive hours and a heavy workload, it's easy to fall prey to teacher burnout. Without the proper support, teachers are in danger of being overworked and neglect taking care of their mental and physical health needs.

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Time for teachers to recover

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 11 November 2021, 10:20 SAST
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The end of a school year brings a range of emotions, which can be overwhelming. Saying goodbye to students can be tough but usually, teachers are so tired when the school year is about to end that they need some time to recover. 

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Pointers of saving your teachers voice

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 28 October 2021, 11:35 SAST
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By Mike Anderson

Are we losing our voice as teachers? It's no big deal, we lost ours long ago. (Kidding!) But losing your teacher's voice, well, that’s a true occupational hazard. Teaching without a voice is like driving with your eyes closed.

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5 Quick stress busters for teachers

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 26 October 2021, 09:25 SAST
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By Mandy Froehlich

Stress can disrupt our nervous system, and if we don’t take time for a reset, the feeling may continue to snowball. There are many methods to help us deal with stress and build a more resilient system when we aren’t in the classroom.

Usually, these things are seen as something you do outside of school. These are things like going for a run or spending extra time laughing with a friend. But what happens when you’re feeling anxious in the middle of the day? What strategies will work at the moment when you feel overwhelmed? We can’t always wait until we get home or for when our students leave to take a moment to reset.

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Why does teacher well-being matter?

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 15 October 2021, 14:00 SAST
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Teachers are increasingly faced with the pressure to provide educational experiences that prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing society. In addition to meeting curriculum requirements, teachers are almost always expected to lead and implement numerous initiatives to better equip students and increase educational outcomes.

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