Talk about: Teacher Well-Being and exam season

  • Talk about: Teacher Well-Being and exam season

    Posted by Susie on November 8, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Exam season survival tips

    Welcome to our guide on surviving the exam season!

    This is part of the school year when things get really intense, but don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your energy up and your spirits high.

    First things first, make sure to find “slices of time” just for yourself. Even when your schedule is packed, try to squeeze in short breaks. Take a few minutes to step outside for some fresh air, go for a quick walk, or enjoy a moment with a cup of tea. These little breaks can do wonders for your well-being.

    Consider treating yourself to a massage or a relaxing foot rub. These small treats can help release any tension that’s built up and give you some much-needed relaxation. You could even trade these with another teacher and support each other in this way.

    Remember to lean on your support system. Share your challenges and successes with your colleagues or friends. They know exactly what you’re going through and can offer helpful advice and emotional support.

    Lastly, remember that self-care isn’t selfish. It’s crucial for your overall health and your ability to provide the best for your Learners.

    So, take those breaks, pamper yourself a bit, and always remember that you’re doing an incredible job! 🌟📚💆‍♂️💆‍♀️

    Susie replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 9, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Remember to take care of yourself!

    In the busy world of teaching, it’s easy to forget about your own well-being. But here’s the important part: to be the best Teacher for your Learners, you need to be at your best, too. This month, we’re focusing on ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’ by giving ourselves the attention we need.

    Take short breaks during the day; even just ten minutes can help.

    Enjoy a coffee with a friend or read something inspiring for a few minutes.

    Laughter is like a burst of energy, so find time to have fun and share a good laugh with colleagues or loved ones.

    Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury; it’s really important. You deserve it! By recharging your energy and putting yourself first, you’ll be better able to help your Learners and provide them with the best learning experience.

    So, go ahead and give yourself a chance to focus on your well-being. You’ve earned it for all your hard work.

    Now, these are three important ideas for Teacher Wellness. Have you tried any of these, and did they work for you? Or do you have other suggestions? Feel free to share your thoughts with us anytime. 🌟🗣️💡

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 13, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Continuing our November theme, ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’, where are you in your journey right now?

    What’s your ultimate strategy for staying balanced?

    This week is all about sharing experiences and ideas.

    Tomorrow, for Talking Tuesday, we’ll present a question to help you ponder over.

    On Wednesday, we warmly invite you to share your questions or comments by replying to this post.

    Thursday will bring us deeper into the subject so that we can learn from each other.

    And, as usual, we’ll end the week with something light and uplifting on Friday!

    Remember, we’re here to chat whenever you need us (during office hours, of course). Feel free to drop by anytime to join the conversation. 🗣️📆💬🌟

  • Naila

    Member
    November 13, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Good day, I truly believe teaching is a journey, where you come up with challenges and happiest moment, each moment is a learning way for your learners and yourself. Never give up as this is your profession where you will always find a solution of every problem.

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 14, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Last week, we talked about ways to improve Teacher well-being that you can do by yourself. This week, we’re focusing on the help you need from others.

    What kind of support do you wish for to keep your balance? We’re here to listen and chat.

    Share your thoughts in the chat, and let’s start the conversation. 🗣️💡🤝

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 15, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Happy Working Wednesday!

    Pop in for a live discussion today from 4 to 5 pm.

    After that, share your questions and insights about Teacher Wellbeing with others. It’s a fantastic chance to learn and connect! 🕓🗣️🤝

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 16, 2023 at 7:08 am

    Boost Your Teaching Journey: Energise Body and Mind

    As we focus on ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’ this month, let’s explore the vital role of exercise for your body and brain. These easy yet impactful practices can easily become part of your daily routine!

    For Your Body: Start your day with gentle stretches. Reach for the sky, touch your toes, or circle your shoulders. At School, take brisk walks during breaks, combining physical activity with the refreshing outdoors.

    For Your Brain: Challenge your mind with puzzles, crosswords, or Sudoku during short breaks. Dive into podcasts, exploring interesting topics or immersing yourself in motivating stories.

    These exercises not only sharpen your mind but also bring renewed energy to your teaching.

    Remember, a healthy body and an active mind are your allies in delivering outstanding education.

    Stay active, stay curious, and keep the teaching spirit alive and well! 🌟🏃‍♂️🤓🧠

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 21, 2023 at 7:05 am

    Today, we’re introducing five wonderful tools to help you relax:

    1. Squish Your Stress
    Make your own balloon and flour stress ball.
    – Here’s a tutorial: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Stress-Ball
    – Share your favourite moments with your stress ball in the comments below.

    2. Tune Out Stress
    Discover how music can help you focus and de-stress.
    – Learn more: http://www.psychcentral.com/stress/the-power-of-music-to-reduce-stress
    – What music do you listen to when you need to relax? Share your favourites in the chat.

    3. The Gratitude Stress Eraser
    – Practice gratitude to improve your mental health.
    – Explore the concept: http://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/comfort-gratitude/202007/gratitude-helps-minimize-feelings-stress
    – Want to give a Gratitude Shout-Out to a colleague?

    4. Stepping Away from Stress
    – Learn about the benefits of walking.
    – Read more: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/a43369771/walk-to-lower-your-stress/
    – Have you increased your step count this year? Share your progress in the comments.

    5. Creative De-stressing
    Try adult colouring-in.
    – Get colouring pages: http://www.supercoloring.com/collections/coloring-pages-for-adults
    – Ever heard of neurographic drawing? Learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoIgdt-uQR0

    Which tool do you like the most?

    Do you have other stress-relief methods to add? Let us know in the comments below. 🎨🎵🚶‍♀️🙏🤩

    • Naila

      Member
      November 21, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      Good day to all. Thanks Susie for sharing wonderful tools to control stress. Every individual has to find different way to manage stress. I normally go for walks and have me time. By going for walks helps me to relax my mind and body, the fresh air helps me towards relaxation. secondly I love to sit in the garden that helps to take some time off from work and reduce any tension and stress.

      • Susie

        Organizer
        November 22, 2023 at 7:01 am

        Good morning Naila, thank you so much for sharing! Such great ideas 🤩

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 23, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Nourish Your Resilience, Beat Stress

    As we continue our journey of ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’ this November, let’s explore the strong connection between your diet and stress levels. Keeping a balanced diet can be your secret weapon against the challenges of teaching.

    1. Stay Hydrated: Water is your body’s best friend. Dehydration can cause tiredness, lack of focus, and even headaches. Make it a daily habit to drink water throughout the day. Keep a reusable bottle on your desk as a reminder.

    2. Boost with Protein: Make sure your meals have enough protein. It gives you lasting energy and helps you stay focused during tough lessons.

    3. Avoid Sugar: Now, about sugar—the troublemaker. While it might seem like a quick solution, sugary snacks and drinks can lead to energy drops and mood swings. Choose healthier options like fruits, nuts, or yoghurt instead.

    Remember, your well-being is important, and these small changes can make a big difference.

    🥤🥜🍏 Your journey to a stress-free and resilient teaching experience starts with what you eat.

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 27, 2023 at 9:56 am

    We’re approaching the end of our ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’ theme, and this week, we’re taking a final deep dive into this important topic.

    For Talking Tuesday tomorrow, we’ll provide some last tools for you to explore.

    On Wednesday, we warmly invite you to join our discussion on this very topic.

    And, as our tradition goes, on Thursday, we’ll delve even deeper into this subject.

    Remember, we’re here for a chat whenever you like (during office hours, of course).

    Feel free to drop by and join the conversation at any time. Let’s make this week a memorable one! 📆🗣️🌟

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 28, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Refresh Your Mind:

    The Power of Mental Breaks

    In our journey of ‘Teaching from a Full Cup’ this November, let’s discuss a crucial aspect of self-care—giving your brain a break.

    1. Mindful Moments: Take a few minutes each day to sit quietly, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. This mindful practice helps clear your mind, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity.

    2. Step into Nature: Whether it’s a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll, spending time in nature can do wonders. Connect with the world outside your classroom to recharge your spirit.

    3. Run Towards Relaxation: Physical activity isn’t just great for your body; it’s a fantastic brain booster, too. Go for a run or a jog to release endorphins and clear your thoughts.

    4. Breathe Deeply: Simple breathing exercises can calm your mind instantly. Inhale deeply for a count of four, hold for four, and exhale for four. Repeat as needed to regain focus.

    These ‘thought-free’ activities can help you find moments of peace in your busy day. Remember, taking care of yourself is a vital part of being an effective Teacher. 🏃‍♂️🧘‍♀️🌿

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 29, 2023 at 7:08 am

    It’s Working Wednesday, and we’ve gathered a variety of tips and tools to help you unwind. Let’s jump right in:

    1. Release Tension
    – Explore acupressure points to relieve stress: Acupressure Points to Reduce Stress: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/6-pressure-points-for-anxiety#pressure-points-for-anxiety
    – When was the last time someone gave you a massage to loosen those knots, and how effective was it for you?

    2. Elevate Your Mind
    – Discover free podcasts that can inspire you: Best Motivational Podcasts: http://www.blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-motivational-podcasts
    – How often do you make time to listen to uplifting messages, and how does it work for you?

    3. Nutrition Essentials
    – There’s much to know about stress and nutrition; here’s a simple guide: Stress and Nutrition Guide: http://www.blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-motivational-podcasts
    – What do you do to ensure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs during stressful times? Do you get enough sunshine for Vitamin D?

    4. Practice Mindfulness
    – How do you take a break from thinking and give your mind some rest? Explore other mindfulness techniques here: Mindfulness Exercises and Techniques: http://www.positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-exercises-techniques-activities/
    – Do you have any other mindfulness exercises you can share with us?

    5. Sing Away Stress
    – Learn how music contributes to stress relief: Ways to Reduce Stress with Music: http://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-use-music-for-stress-relief-3144689
    – What’s your favourite sing-along song?

    6. Laugh It Off
    Laughing releases endorphins and makes us feel better. Enjoy some teacher humour or stand-up comedy:
    – Teacher Humour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNV3SAXdu9U
    – Trevor Noah’s Stand-Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isY5MCWPi_0

    What can you bring to today’s discussion? Share your experiences, thoughts, and ideas – let’s keep the conversation going! 😄🎵🤣🗣️

  • Susie

    Organizer
    November 30, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Welcome to our last Thinking Thursday of November.

    Today, we are looking at another side of teacher wellness, and perhaps there is something you would like to talk about from this article: http://www.edutopia.org/article/when-students-are-traumatized-teachers-are-too

    What are your thoughts? Let’s explore this further, and if you want to carry on with the discussion in December, we can do that. 📅🤔🗣️

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