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Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Yet, an increasing number of teachers are suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, but quite a lot just leave the profession altogether. Many educators put everyone else's health and happiness before their own, because they just want to make a difference. However, it backfires because the external expectations and demands of the job keep increasing regardless of the dwindling reserves of teachers. This podcast aims to facilitate and contribute to the conversation about teacher wellbeing, positive schools and burnout prevention, to inspire and empower educators of all kinds to take back control of their health and happiness by being proactive about their wellbeing, and to give teachers permission to put themselves first, so that they can go on making a difference long into the future.

Teacher Wellbeing Ellen Ronalds Keene

    • Education
    • 4.8, 26 Ratings

Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Yet, an increasing number of teachers are suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, but quite a lot just leave the profession altogether. Many educators put everyone else's health and happiness before their own, because they just want to make a difference. However, it backfires because the external expectations and demands of the job keep increasing regardless of the dwindling reserves of teachers. This podcast aims to facilitate and contribute to the conversation about teacher wellbeing, positive schools and burnout prevention, to inspire and empower educators of all kinds to take back control of their health and happiness by being proactive about their wellbeing, and to give teachers permission to put themselves first, so that they can go on making a difference long into the future.

    What Wendy has learned about teacher wellbeing through 2020 disruptions and resolutions (Teacher Story)

    What Wendy has learned about teacher wellbeing through 2020 disruptions and resolutions (Teacher Story)

    In the first teacher story recorded since coronavirus, Wendy shares her story of health challenges and new wellbeing resolutions, and how that was all impacted by the disruptions to work and life that Covid-19 brought.

    Remember there's also a couple of days left to join is round of the Resilient Teacher program: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher

    • 58 min
    The Depleted Teacher: Why Soldiering On Is Slowly Killing Us

    The Depleted Teacher: Why Soldiering On Is Slowly Killing Us

    This is the audio from Lesson 2 of the free workshop series about Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience. Click here to watch a replay of it this week for free, on Facebook! Or find it in the Freebies Library at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library

    Enrolment for the next round of the Resilient Teacher Coaching Program is now open, and early bird pricing is available until Sunday 5th July, so join now!

    • 43 min
    Oooh, it's back! Join me :)

    Oooh, it's back! Join me :)

    Back in January I ran a free workshop series about Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience, with the subtitle "what ever teacher needs to know before the 2020 school year begins." Looking back on it now, I can't believe how prescient that actually was. So I'm running a replay of it this week for free, on Facebook!

    Enrolment for the next round of the Resilient Teacher Coaching Program is now open, and early bird pricing is available until Sunday 5th July, so join now!

    • 4 min
    A love note for teachers at the end of the weirdest, hardest term ever

    A love note for teachers at the end of the weirdest, hardest term ever

    You are almost at the end of the weirdest, most challenging term ever. Just in case you haven't paused to acknowledge yourself, take a moment to do so now.

    This last term has been the biggest disruption to Australia's education system in history. Twice. Across Australia, teachers have never worked harder or had to be more flexible, adaptable and cooperative in the face of some huge challenges and rapidly changing circumstances.

    Yet, here we are. Just a week or two left until holidays (depending where you are in Aus) and you did it. You have been an integral part of getting this nation through the health, social and economic crises that we are still in the midst of.

    Join me for this free live workshop series, screening on Facebook. If you can't make it when I go live, then you can watch the replay in the Facebook event.

    • Take The Australian Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/survey
    • Sign up for the free Teacher Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop Series here: https://www.facebook.com/events/713958529378484/
    • The next round of the Resilient Teacher coaching program begins in July so you can get on the waiting list at selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher


    Set aside some time in your calendar next week to invest in yourself and your wellbeing going forwards. Whether you join me for the free workshop series or not, please take some time this week to acknowledge all that you have accomplished this term.

    If you want to, raise it as a topic of shared reflection and celebration in the staff room or with your teacher buddies. Take a moment this week to be grateful to each other and to yourself for making it through this incredible term.

    This is one for the history books, and you have been a part of it.

    As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are SO worthy of your own care x.

    • 15 min
    Two myths that might be sabotaging your health and wellbeing as a teacher

    Two myths that might be sabotaging your health and wellbeing as a teacher

    In this episode I want to explore two myths that are sabotaging your health and wellbeing, and those are the ideas that health and wellbeing is binary and linear. Now, when I say myths, I'm not necessarily talking about mythology, as in The Greek Gods and Goddesses, Hercules and Zeus and Athena and Aphrodite. That's not what I mean.

    I'm talking about that other definition of myth, which is a widely held belief or idea that is actually a misconception. However, all myths have some truth to them, but to believe them literally is problematic.

    So, these two myths that I want to share with you today, about binary and linear health and wellbeing outcomes, are things that our culture, our Western Industrial culture really socialises or conditions us to believe as true.

    We have been taught for our whole lives that life, the world, relationships, health, everything, is binary and that it's linear. And it's not!

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    • The Australian Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/survey
    • Waiting list for the Resilient Teacher Group Program: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher
    • Get tickets for the Fatigue Resilience Masterclass on Sleep: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fatigue-resilience-masterclass-4-sleep-tickets-104930172972
    • Sign up for Replay Week of the Resilience & Wellbeing free Workshop Series: https://www.facebook.com/events/713958529378484/
    • Results of the 2018 Survey: https://www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/twps04e03/
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    • 49 min
    An early career teacher's story of health challenges and workplace bullying + my ongoing commitment to anti-racism

    An early career teacher's story of health challenges and workplace bullying + my ongoing commitment to anti-racism

    Support the podcast today via Pozible: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6

    This is a longer episode, and it's a really really fantastic teacher story. I also share my ongoing commitment to anti-racism work and unpacking my privilege as a teacher and a coach.

    There are just SO many learnings and I'm so grateful that Tina shared her story with us. Now, like many of my episodes this season, it was recorded before COVID so there's no mention of that at all, but we do talk about people pleasing, boundaries, the challenges of moving away from your support networks for a job, and the challenges and opportunities of living and working in a small town. The two big themes from this episode are around having a safe workplace, and taking care of physiological needs, that bottom level of Maslow's Hierarchy. So Tina shares her experience of being bullied at work, and how as an early career teacher she didn't necessarily know that that wasn't normal, and it was thanks to an older, wiser, more experienced colleague pointing out to her that that was what was happening that she was able to make some decisions about what was right for her. And running alongside that like I said was a whole lot of body messages that were really telling Tina to pay more attention to her basic physiological needs, but like so many of us, it took a diagnosis of a health condition for her to actually pay attention to those messages. We do focus on early career teachers in this episode because Tina is an early career teacher, but I know many aspects of the story will be familiar to people at all stages of life and career.

    As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are WORTHY of your own care.

    May you continue to look after yourself wholeheartedly this year, be a beacon of inspiration for others and an example to encourage your colleagues to do the same.

    • 57 min

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Leah’s Thanks

Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast, your gentle and compassionate approach and the stories that you tell. You have been a place of grounding over the past month as I grapple with the obstacles I am facing in my teaching vocation. So much resonates with me and I am so grateful that I am not alone in this time of change and in my quest to empower myself and reinvigorate my resilience. 💕

Finsternater ,

Thank-you!

I’m not a teacher but as a parent (and a constant student), I wanted to check out this podcast. I was not disappointed, and this pick reminded me of the magic of podcasting. Looking for information about a topic and being given so much more! What Ellen gave me was 54 minutes of truth and passion far beyond teaching and education in Australia. She shared the journey of being an entrepreneur and in particularly the journey of producing a podcast over the past 4 years - the high lights and the low lights. In this instragram age, it can be difficult to discern what really is the truth behind growing a business and by sharing her experiences Ellen gives the listeners valuable insights (many of which could help you to avoid losing money, time and sleep!) but also encouragement. She must be a great teacher and coach – she thinks deeply, is forthright but, like all good teachers, sprinkles the truth with encouragement and hope! Thx, Lz

Lozza78m ,

Thank you

Thank you Ellen for sharing these podcasts on such an important issue! I wish more teachers felt safe to have conversations about the impacts of work on their wellbeing rather than suffering in silence - or quitting!

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