Learn how you can implement these fantastic wellbeing activities for teachers with these brilliant gems of advice to maintain school staff wellbeing.
In recent years, there has been a significant emphasis on wellbeing for educators and people working in education. With many teachers unfortunately experiencing what is known as a "teacher burnout", we've browsed the web to provide you with the best tips and activities to improve your wellbeing and the wellbeing of other teachers.
Teacher Wellbeing Bags
The aim of these bags is to make staff feel valued and encourage a collaborative approach to teaching and learning across the curriculum areas. In an attempt to make staff feel welcome and confident I distributed the bags. They were an immediate hit! Each bag contained a personalised poster created quickly and easily using @RhonnaFarrer's design app.
The rest of the items included are listed below along with instructions for use:
• Cupcake cook book – set up a rota and get baking for department meetings.
• Star Stickies (Post It Notes) – write praise on these and leave them in places your colleagues will find them.
• Stickers – label lessons/ideas that worked well.
• Notepad – write down great teaching ideas on the go!
• Stickies (Post It Notes) – use these in department meetings to plan new schemes/lessons. Time-savers.
• Mints – to keep you cool when the going gets tough.
• Biscuits – for duty days and break times.
• Highlighters – to make your schemes of work stand out.
• Tissues – for those days. We all have them.
• Sweets – an energy boost for those afternoon triple lessons.
• Stamps – we all love stamps, right? For the full guide please head to Teacher Well-Being Bags
Improve your sleep
A good night's sleep is the holy grail for today's generation of overworked and overstressed individuals. For teachers, a proper night's rest is particularly vital, especially when the next morning involves managing a classroom of excitable and children. But getting a full eight hours of slumber isn't as elusive as you might imagine. Here are simple and scientifically proven ways to beat insomnia.
Science tells us that how light or dark a room is at bedtime matters. Studies show that light can delay the production of melatonin, a chemical in the body that anticipates the daily onset of darkness. Another study by scientists at the University of Granada also found that sleeping in pitch black is important for the metabolism. To help make your room sleep conducive, it's worth investing in some blackout blinds or buying yourself an eye-mask. Another top tip is to dim the lights before you go to bed to signal to your body that darkness is setting in.
To discover more tips on how to improve your sleep please head The Guardian
Learn something new and share it with your students
Read an interesting book -- education or non-education related. I have been reading, The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way from Amanda Ripley. It is interesting and education related, so I don't feel guilty about taking time away from lesson planning and grading. Read a classic that you have always wanted to read but never got around to reading. Watch a TED Talk or go to Iuniversity and find something interesting about brain research (that's what I like to explore anyway).
For even more step by step guides to improving wellbeing and reducing Teacher Burnout, head over to Edutopia
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. But it doesn't need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.
Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:
• Take the stairs not the lift
• Go for a walk at lunchtime (If permitted)
• Walk into work - perhaps with a colleague – so you can 'connect' as well
• Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
• Organise a work sporting activity
• Have a kick-about in a local park
• Do some 'easy exercise', like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
• Walk to someone's desk instead of calling or emailing.
For even more wellbeing in the workplace tips, please head to Mind.
Laughter as a tonic
Laughter is said to be good for the soul, but mind and body can also benefit. Frederika Roberts, co-founder of the RWS (Resilience Wellbeing Success) Programme says: "Companies could hold laughter yoga sessions at lunchtime or organise mini sessions before staff meetings. It doesn't cost much to send one or two members of staff on a two-day official training course to become a certified laughter yoga leader."
Discover more fantastic wellbeing tips by reading the whole article at The Guardian
Getting the culture right
It is important to have a working culture which allows teachers (and all staff) to feel they can talk about their stresses and worries. There is not a quick fix for this, but showing that you want to hear your colleagues' opinions is a good starting point. Making surveys anonymous, at least to start with, can encourage more staff to share their views than might otherwise be the case.
Another simple step is encouraging staff to take their breaks – preferably in a shared space where they can socialise with other members of staff – and discouraging them from staying for hours after the school day ends.
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