Student Wellbeing begins with Teacher Wellbeing
Positive Education, Coaching Psychology, Growth Mindsets and Mindfulness
TEACHING CAN BE STRESSFUL
Did you know teachers can be involved in 1000 interpersonal connections a day (Holmes 2005). The quality of these interactions can either diminish or enhance wellbeing. The great news is that Positive Psychology is providing us with specific strategies to build resilience and reduce stress in both staff and students.
Teacher Wellbeing has been created by Daniela Falecki, an experienced educator with more than 20 years experience across all forms of education. Our aim is to give teachers evidence-based strategies to not only survive but THRIVE.
Daniela is also a Senior Associate for the Positivity Institute, presenting workshops to schools across Australia on the implementation of Positive Psychology in Education.
WHY TEACHER WELLBEING?
Teachers are among those professionals with the highest levels of job stress and burnout across many countries. (Stoeber J & Renner D, 2008). As an experienced & passionate educator having worked with thousands of people across Australia in all forms of education, I know what it is like to repeat the same conversations with students each day, manage individual staff needs each week, and deal with challenging parents, not to mention the endless admin as well. It would seem like the “to-do” list never ended. From public schools, to private schools, Steiner schools, universities, colleges & working in outdoor education, I have seen and heard it all…. the stories are much the same. The one constant I see and hear is teachers are tired, exhausted and sick of the constant changes.
Causes of teacher stress across international studies, found ten main stressors for teachers;
• teaching students who lack motivation;
• maintaining discipline;
• time pressures and workload;
• coping with change;
• being evaluated by others;
• dealings with colleagues;
• self esteem and status issues;
• problems dealing with administration/management;
• role conflict and ambiguity and
• poor working conditions.
(Source, Sue Howard, “Resilient Teachers” 2004, Australia)
This requires teachers to draw on their own social and emotional resources to remain resilient. As a result, emotional management is crucial for teachers. If teachers do not have direct or solution focused strategies to manage stress, they will turn to strategies that simply relieve the emotional stress but do not address the specific issues (Parker, 2012).
LINKS TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND WELLNBEING
Did you know ….Teacher stress can have up to an 8% variance on student academic performance (Teacher Support Network, UK, 2007). In fact, John Hattie also links teacher motivation to student achievement;
“When teachers become burned out, or worn out, their students’ achievement outcomes are likely to suffer because they are more concerned with their personal survival.” (Hattie, 2013)
The bottom line is, the demands on teachers have increased and teachers feel disempowered (Curry & Obrien, 2012). As administration and paperwork increases, we seem to have forgotten the purpose of our jobs which is to plan engaging lessons as a means for teaching and inspiring the next generation.
HOW CAN TEACHER WELLBEING HELP?
At Teacher Wellbeing we use current research and share it in ‘plain English’. We prioritize you as the practitioner and give you real-time tools that dont require a committee meeting, funding and cost time. We do the work for you and share with you what other schools are doing to support their teachers.
The research comes from many fields including Positive Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Coaching Psychology, Growth Mindsets, Leadership Coaching, Social and Emotional Learning, Transformational Psychology, Anthroposophy, Emotional Intelligence and more, to show you how you can have better work-life balance.
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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID…
Mel Petrovski, Greenway Public, NSW
“What a fantastic and engaging presentation! As an early career teacher this workshop has provided me with a toolkit to rebound with during the daily stressors of my job”
Susie Kreipp , St Ursula College, NSW
“Daniela’s workshop was awesome, insightful, engaging and helpful. She offered a number of analogies, strategies and examples to showcase new ways of thinking. I particular enjoyed the character profiling and how to raise awareness of group traits, thankyou”
Alison Larkings, Mt St Michaels College, QLD
“As a pastoral care leader, Daniela’s workshop really helped me re-inforce the tenets of Positive Education and PERMA, thankyou for making it real and practical.”
Penny Reid, OLSH, Alice Springs, NT
“Daniela’s workshop was just what I needed and is certainly something the whole staff should do. It helped me find perspective and I will certainly be sharing the wellbeing tools.”
Rebecca Cottrell, Lurnea High School, NSW
“I feel like this has been one of the only professional development workshops I have really engaged with. You have helped me learn several strategies for me to be a better teacher and a happier person.”
Georgia Packer, Flinders University, SA
“A fantastic and engaging session that I can certainly use in the classroom. I particularly liked the SMART model to set goals as well as ways to expand my own perspective, thankyou.”
Rosemary Cornick, Peer Support Foundation, NSW
“Daniela’s intuitive nature enables her to provide relevant practical advice that is simple to implement into our daily lives. Teacher well-being is a service that is long overdue and one which would have assisted me in coping more positively in the later end of my career! Her easy to navigate website enables access for so many teachers for whom the benefits of Daniela’s advice, skills, humour and enthusiasm for change will be immeasurable. Thank you Daniela for your caring nature and your immense energy for giving.”
Remember, YOU MATTER, because TEACHERS MATTER.
You give so much to others, be sure to give to yourself as well.
Who are we?
Hi, I’m Daniela Falecki, as a teacher for more that 20 years I know all to well the stress, frustrations and the endless ‘to-do’ lists that can drain your energy.
Thankfully I have found that there is another way, a better way and I am sharing these tools with you. From managing students to dealing with parents and of course, trying to maintain professional relationships with other colleagues when you just want to pull your hair out, I’ve seen it all. As teachers we give so much to others but sometimes forget to give back to ourselves.
Here at Teacher Wellbeing we offer resources and research in positive psychology, coaching psychology, educational psychology and more. Join our community today.
What we do
What you already know;
- Teacher stress is high
- Student learning is increasingly complex
- Society is expecting more and more from education
- Teachers are tired, frustrated and burnout
Successful teacher wellbeing interventions include;
• Reflection strategies for insight into professional practice
• Mindfulness training to manage stress
• Emotional management strategies to restore
• Coaching psychology to build learning communities
• Growth Mindset approaches to solving problems
• Self-care practices to restore when needed
• Celebrate achievements and success to feel valued