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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

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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.

    BONUS | Rethinking Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience for 2020

    BONUS | Rethinking Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience for 2020

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to the teacher wellbeing podcast, and welcome to 2020!

    The new school year is about to begin and I know that means many of you are in the midst of inservice, professional development, student free days and setting up your classrooms.

    We're still between seasons of the podcast but in this bonus episode, I am sharing with you the audio from a Facebook live video I did last week. If you're not following me on social media and you're not subscribed to my Self-Care for Teachers newsletter, The Advocate, then you might have missed the free video workshop series I did on Facebook last week.

    I'm sharing the audio from the first of those workshops here and now on the podcast because I think it's crucial information for all teachers to have in their heads and in their hearts as the school year begins.

    Catch the Replays of the 5 workshops before they expire here: https://www.facebook.com/1055664167826942/posts/2848161048577236/


    Sign up for the Freebies Library here: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library

    Grab yourself a copy of the 2020 Self-Care Planner and Healthy Habits Tracker on my Teachers Pay Teachers store here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-Self-Care-Planner-and-Healthy-Habits-Tracker-4294793

    Enrol in the Resilient Teacher Program here: selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher

    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.

    • 53 min
    BONUS: Are you #teachertired? 3 ways to get more sleep this term + leave me a voicemail!

    BONUS: Are you #teachertired? 3 ways to get more sleep this term + leave me a voicemail!

    Recently on the Teachers Thriving Lounge Facebook Group, Trudy from TeachersThriving.com and I spent a good 45 minutes discussing the very important but under-researched topic of teacher sleep, and some strategies you can use to help you get a good night's rest.

    As Trudy says, "Sleep is the sleeper topic for educators. No-one really is talking about it but it is a big issue."

    So we know it's a huge problem, but what can you do about it?

    Well, the bad news is that there are no overnight solutions (pun very much intended!), but the good news is there is a lot you can do to reclaim your sleep and take control of your rest.

    All you need is your phone or computer and you can leave me a voicemail. You can ask me a question, make a comment about any past episodes, or suggest a topic for a future episode.

    However, what I'd really love is for you to answer the question below for a special project I'm working on for Season 6 of the podcast. In 3 minutes or less, answer the following question:

    Thinking back on your first year of teaching, what did you learn about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a person and as a teacher?
    Put another way, what advice would you give your first-year teacher self about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a teacher?

    There are a few more instructions on the website which I recommend reading before you do so. I'd love for you to share your lessons and wisdom with listeners of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast!

    Leave me a voicemail here: https://www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/voicemail/

    • 26 min
    Quick Update: New Coaching Packages + Last day to get current prices

    Quick Update: New Coaching Packages + Last day to get current prices

    This is a replay of a Facebook Livestream I did today, which I wanted to share with you because I know some of you are only following me on the podcast, and may not get updates otherwise. The audio quality isn't amazing, but it's good enough and the episode will self-destruct in about a week so listen now while you can!

    I have half updated my website with my new programs, but the tech is causing me some little issues and I don't want to break the whole website (again ha!) so I will finish updating gradually over the week.

    In the meantime I wanted to come here and tell you about my three new coaching packages (plus the one old one that has been given a new name!)

    - Happy Habits Accountability Coaching (same as before!)

    - Nourish and Nurture Life and Wellbeing Coaching

    - Teacher in Transition Coaching

    - Teacher-preneur Online Business Consulting

    I will honour the old prices for anyone who books a Discovery Call today (as in, you make the booking today, for a time that suits you in the coming months) and then goes on to book coaching within the next 3 months.

    That means you will get the new packages at the old prices!

    Booking link for Discovery Call:

    https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13197589&appointmentType=5675726

    In case you don't know, a Discovery Call is a free video conference call where we get to know each other, talk about your life and wellbeing goals, and see if we might be a good fit for coaching.

    I usually do these calls via a free program called Zoom (a bit like Skype, only better!) and it's a great time for you to ask any questions you may have about coaching, see if now is the right time and if I'm the best person for the job.

    I'm going to be changing my free Discovery Call process later in the year too, so now's a good time to nab one of these sessions if coaching has been something you have been thinking about.

    • 12 min
    Bonus! September Updates + Special Invitation

    Bonus! September Updates + Special Invitation

    First up, this episode will self-destruct in about 7 days, so you wanna listen right now while it's available in your player. I have a couple of time-sensitive updates and then a special invitation for you.

    • Teacher Self-Care September. If you're not already playing at home, join in at Facebook or Instagram and see the overview post here
    • Supporting resources for the #teacherselfcareseptemberchallenge can be found in the Freebies Library
    • Sign up for the Cultivating Extraordinary Wellbeing Webinar this Wednesday 18th September at 6pm AEST. Remember you must be signed up to get the replay as it won't be added to the freebies library afterwards. Sign up here.
    • Leave me a voicemail for a Super Special Season Six project I'm working on! Leave me a voicemail here!

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

    • 11 min
    Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale)

    Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale)

    Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale) is an adaptation and update of of this blog post. Find all the links mentioned there. See you next season!

    • 54 min
    Teacher Story: Jessica from Lead and Inspire

    Teacher Story: Jessica from Lead and Inspire

    In this episode I have a brilliant conversation with fellow teacher wellbeing enthusiast, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica shares her story with us and it's one I think you'll relate to. She tells us about her experiences as a preservice and early career teacher and how she fell into the trap that so many of us fall into, which is living and breathing the job and letting work take over life as well. It's obvious she's done a lot of self-reflection and can see how some of her patterns were contributing to that. Jessica shares with us in this episode how being so driven to achieve and succeed, while on the surface is a great trait, ended up undermining her health and wellbeing as a person because Jessica the teacher became the sole focus.

    We also discuss how her partner Ben helped her find more work-life balance, and what led her to creating the Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica also shares some brilliant tips to help you thrive in the classroom and in life.

    You can find Jessica at https://www.leadandinspire.com.au/or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @leadandinspirecommunity

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    • Teacher Wellbeing Podcast S01 E03 Teacher Story: Rebekah
    • Teacher Wellbeing Podcast S04 E10 The thinking traps that are sabotaging your wellbeing
    • The Freebies Library full of free useful resources for you
    • Lessons from 4 years running Self-Care for Teachers blog post

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

MN2008 ,

Very helpful!

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.

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