Listen to "Self-Reg is Not Just For Kids ft. Marie Edwards" on Spreaker. Have you checked-in with yourself today? Self-regulation can’t be effectively taught to students unless the adults teaching them how to self-regulate can do it for themselves first. As an educator, it's important to check-in with how you're feeling as you transition into work mode and into your classroom each day. That means identifying any personal stressors you might be experiencing – and knowing how best to cope.
Listen to "3 Steps to Districtwide Staff Well-Being" on Spreaker. Featuring Kristen Brock, Rosetta Doolan, Amanda LaBoucane, Gail Markin, Byron Robbie, Theresa Verdiel, and Jackie Brown. When you’re constantly encountering negative situations in the workplace, your mental health can take a hit. How do we look after each other’s well-being as colleagues in the education system? Collectively, we can get to the root of what’s helping (or hindering) our well-being at work.
Listen to "Beyond the Cone of Silence" on Spreaker.Featuring Gail Markin, Charlie Naylor, and Theresa Verdiel. Three B.C. school districts held a series of focus groups that asked staff these four questions: “What does well-being mean to you?” “What in your personal life helps or hinders your well-being?” “What in your school or district helps your well-being?” and “What would you like to see done differently?” If you could share this kind of feedback with your colleagues, what would you say?
Listen to "So you want me to talk?" on Spreaker.Featuring Gail Markin, Theresa Verdiel, Kristen Brock, Cindy Andrew, and Charlie Naylor. Beginning the conversation isn’t difficult. To engage staff in conversations about well-being, we need to listen to their stories and lived experiences. We also need to focus on what makes them ‘well,’ what got them into the education profession to begin with, and what they’re most passionate about – including what we can do to make all of that a reality at work.
Listen to "What does it mean to change "the system?”" on Spreaker. featuring Cindy Andrew, Tawnie Gaudreau, Byron Robbie, and David Strange. If we want to change the system, then we need to first understand it. The research is clear – staff who have a positive sense of well-being can better support the well-being and success of the students in their classroom. So how can the education system invest in all those who interact with students each and every day?
Listen to "Who’s taking care of YOU?" on Spreaker.There’s an enormous amount of pressure that’s put on educators – both from the workplace and from their own inner critic. This comes at a cost as educators are really good at putting others first yet often don’t look after their own well-being. Could self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion be the answer?
Listen to "The Teacher Mom Struggle is Real" on Spreaker.Being both a teacher and a parent means being a full-time caregiver – both at work and at home. With the piled up demands of the workplace and family life, how can teachers better care for themselves? More importantly, how can schools better recognize and support the emotional and care aspects of the teaching profession?
Listen to "How are you REALLY feeling?" on Spreaker.There’s a cone of silence around what you can admit to in the workplace – how you’re feeling, behaving, and how things are genuinely going for you. Sound familiar? There’s actually a term for this – “emotional labour.
Listen to "The Secret to Healthy, Happy Educators" on Spreaker.Educators strive to foster a sense of belonging among students in their classroom. We know the benefits that strong relationships can have on student development and learning. Why not flip the script? Educators also need to feel a sense of belonging in the workplace.