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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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Stepping into the classroom of your first teaching job is the most joyful yet sobering point in your teaching career. It’s the moment when you realize that every decision you make, big and small, will have a real impact on the lives of other humans. You’ve spent years learning how to teach, and now it’s time to teach your students how to learn.

Feeling the gravity of this responsibility can be daunting, but focusing on a few simple principles will ease the stress of adjusting to your new role and ensure that you teach confidently from the start.


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5 Ways to wellbeing

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 14 October 2021, 10:00 SAST
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This program is peer-led and trains students in the 5 ways to well-being and how to promote wellbeing in their schools. Here are some of the brilliant initiatives taking place which could be easily be replicated in your school. We have based them around the 5 ways to well-being; Connect, Learn, be Active, Take Notice, Give and they are from a mix of Primary and Secondary schools.


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Super senses - Exploring the five senses

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 28 September 2021, 13:30 SAST
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This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson on human anatomy (exploring the 5 senses) for grades 4-6 Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century Skills.

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Classroom Management Practices

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 23 September 2021, 11:05 SAST
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Source: Crisis Prevention Institute

Student behaviour, students like shouting, not paying attention, avoiding work, disrespect, refusal, and engaging in power struggles take your focus away from teaching and students’ focus away from learning. The following classroom management strategies can be used to help maintain student focus and create student consistency around class expectations.

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Dimensions of wellness for teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 23 August 2021, 09:55 SAST
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By Angel Montoya and Laura L. Summers

Teaching is a selfless profession. Although many of us find great satisfaction in our work, most educators would probably say they are driven by the desire to help and inspire students. Too often, educators sacrifice their own well-being to support students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. We have experienced this ourselves and seen it among educators we have supported.

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Managing workload anxiety

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 20 August 2021, 15:25 SAST
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There is certainly no shortage of things to get anxious about within the education sector. Organisational change, impending redundancies, lesson plans, piles of marking, exams looming and performance targets are a constant worry. On top of that, there are administrative tasks and flows of emails clogging your inbox, not forgetting the actual job of teaching and student behavioural issues to contend with as well.

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