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.
Lisa's teacher wellbeing journey from burnout to being a School Wellbeing Champion
This is the last episode in Season 9 but we will be back for Season 10 sometime later in the year. In the meantime make sure you’re following me on Instagram @selfcareforteachers and get on the newsletter list so you stay up to date.
And if you really resonated with this conversation about school wellbeing that Lisa and I had at the end, and if you’re the wellbeing person in your school, or you want to be, come and join me and other wellbeing champions at a virtual networking event on the 22nd March. Check out selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion for more resources in this area including a new freebie about common mistakes to avoid.
As always remember that you are a person first and a teacher second and you are so worthy of your own care!
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Finding Sacred Ground in your Leadership, with Katrina Bourke
This is a brilliant conversation with Katrina Bourke, a good friend to the podcast who has been on the show several times before. We discuss leadership sacred ground, what it is, why you need it and how we find it. Katrina also shares the power of deep self-awareness and why it’s also important that we understand and accept our shadow sides. Plus, we talk about what gets in the way of showing up as the best leaders we can be and advice for new and emerging leaders too.
The Authentic Leader
Deputy Principals, this one’s for you! Have you heard of The Authentic Leader?
It's an online community of learning and connection exclusively for female deputy principals who want to lead well and live well. The Authentic Leader is a safe space to connect with other women who really understand what you do. It's a network full of wisdom and warmth where you can get help with managing workload, feeling confident, and the day-to-day highs and lows of school leadership.
Improving Teacher Wellbeing through Professional Learning Communities, with guest host Ellie Huth
In this episode we hear from a guest host, Ellie Huth, whose story you heard back in episode 2 of this season. If you haven’t yet listened to that I recommend you do so. Ellie shares with us how teacher wellbeing can be improved through high functioning professional learning communities.
Check out the School Wellbeing Champions meetup and workshop here: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion/
Your Bridge To Resilience and Wellbeing
In this episode I am sharing with you a clip from the Resilient Teacher Roadmap online course, and it’s really the metaphor that underpins the roadmap, about approaching our resilience and wellbeing the way an engineer builds a bridge: knowing and planning for it to flood and designing the bridge accordingly, not building a flimsy bridge and praying it doesn’t rain.
You can find the Resilient Teacher Roadmap course in my online shop at anytime https://selfcareforteachers.thinkific.com/courses/roadmap
But I also want to invite you to join the Resilient Teacher Group Coaching Program, which starts on 29th January or 1st February, depending which cohort you join. It’s a 6 month group coaching program for teachers wanting support, encouragement and community in building their resilience and wellbeing in 2022.
Enrolment is open now, head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher
You heard Emma share in the previous episode how being a part of the Resilient Teacher Group Coaching Program helped her make some changes in her life and improve her wellbeing as a person and as a teacher. And I’d love to support you this year to do the same.
So here’s a little snippet of my approach and my clients have found it a really valuable metaphor to help them reflect on their resilience and wellbeing, set goals and seek support when needed.
Letting go of perfectionism and people pleasing for greater wellbeing: Emma's teacher story
Happy New Year teachers! In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast I have a fantastic chat with one of my past teacher clients, Emma. Emma shares so generously about the challenges she’s experienced with perfectionism, people pleasing and the martyr culture getting in the way of wellbeing.
She’s spent a lot of time reflecting on this and unlearning these tendencies and shares some beautiful insights in this episode, including letting go of the need to be ‘super teacher’, recognising the difference between school-imposed deadlines and self-imposed deadlines, and the power of having trusted people to hold you accountable.
Emma also tells us how a supportive principal and 2 supportive colleagues saved her teaching career, so I think it’s an incredible lesson that no matter your position in a school you can and do make a difference to the people you work with. The question is will it be a positive difference or not?
There’s so much good stuff in this episode, including setting boundaries, the ancient Jewish practice of Sabbath, and giving yourself permission to do more things just for fun. Emma also shares a bit about her experience in the Resilient Teacher Group Coaching program, which is open for enrolment again right now.
The Resilient Teacher is a 6 month group coaching program for teachers building their resilience and wellbeing in 2022. It’s 1 individual coaching session with me, and 12 fortnightly group coaching calls to support you throughout Semester 1 this year, beginning with a welcome call on Saturday 29th January 2022. Calls are held on Zoom so you can join from anywhere in Australia, on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings.
You can go to www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher to find out more
I loved the analogy of the falls prevention class and the insights into what really defines balance. This episode let me recall that I have a choice about how to approach my profession, which is really empowering.