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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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Take control of your teacher workload

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 June 2021, 10:00 SAST
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Article by The Share Team of Resilient Educator

A Heart-Centred Approach
Teachers are true workaholics. We work a lot during the day, after school, on weekends, during breaks, and over summer vacation. In doing the myriad tasks we tackle each week, we can become seriously overwhelmed, stressed, and constantly trying to catch up. Host of the Hurry Slowly podcast and author of several books, including Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, Jocelyn K. Glei, offers a shift in thinking in her RESET course.

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Mindfulness Training Tips for Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 21 June 2021, 16:45 SAST
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By the editorial team on Resilient Educator.

You already have a host of mindfulness activities for the classroom in your toolkit, but what about tips for helping you the educator be more present in the moment? Have you ever tried to meditate, or practice mindfulness yourself?

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From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, just over a year ago, educators have shown courage, creativity, and determination in helping their students and colleagues through the most difficult time of their lives. This collective experience has changed us as human beings and has dramatically altered the way we teach and learn. Most of these changes both good and bad, are likely to impact education for years to come.

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