Teacher Wellbeing needs addressing in a way that supports and establishes embedded approaches rather than reactive responses.
We need a more thorough, wholesome and reliable approach that values both the teacher and the person, one that combines both subjective and psychological wellbeing and one that is formed to help individuals and collectives improve their wellbeing both in and out of the classroom.
To do this we need to acknowledge 3 main ideas:
Individual responsibility comes before collective responsibility.
Self-Care is not the answer to improving wellbeing.
Teacher Wellbeing is hard.
We need our teachers, and by looking after their wellbeing, we are working towards not only keeping them in our classrooms longer but also making sure they have the tools and strategies needed to take care of themselves.
Each conversation will get your staff thinking about and reflecting on their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others … and they may even provide a laugh or two along the way!