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Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Yet, an increasing number of teachers are suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, but quite a lot just leave the profession altogether. Many educators put everyone else's health and happiness before their own, because they just want to make a difference. However, it backfires because the external expectations and demands of the job ke ...
 
Welcome to the Digital Homebody Podcast, a weekly show helping you combine the magic of the internet with the cosy environment of home so you can work remotely and design a life you love. You may have heard of Digital Nomads, people who work remotely and travel the world, often working from coffee shops and coworking spaces in exotic locations and earning a living online. Well, even before the pandemic put a stick in the wheel of international travel, there were those of us who loved the ide ...
 
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This episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast is a fantastic interview with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education. Depending how long you’ve been listening, you may remember Meg from way back in Season 3, Episode 7 and I’m so thrilled to have her back on the podcast. Meg also has just launched a podcast of her own called School of Wellbeing, so do a …
 
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast I interview Ellie, a high school teacher who decided to take a break from teaching in 2021 after a particularly challenging year health wise in 2020. Ellie is a parent, a teacher and is also studying a Masters in Educational Leadership specialising in Wellbeing. We talk about her journey balancing te…
 
Welcome to Season 9 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! Self-care is so often sold to us by Instagram influencers and companies that want to sell us goop to put on our faces as some lovely indulgence. But that's rarely been my experience. It's also not the kind of self-care that I advocate for, or that underpins my work here at Self-Care for Teachers…
 
Gentle reminder, dear teacher: You are NOT lazy, you are tired. There is a very real difference! In challenging times, it's normal to have less energy than usual. Our capitalist culture has conditioned us to connect our worth to our productivity, but your worth is NOT determined by how much you can get done. It's ok if you feel that you have less c…
 
7 strategies for looking after your wellbeing in lockdown The challenges of lockdown and remote learning have been a common topic of discussion in my coaching sessions with teachers in recent weeks. Here are some of the things they've shared that have been helpful for them: 1. Keep to a routine 2. Plan something to look forward to daily 3. Take a b…
 
Today I'm talking about what to do when the term gets busy and you are tempted to skip the self-care and wellbeing practices in favour of powering through that never-ending to-do list. It's so tempting to let the habits fall by the wayside completely and then the next thing you know it's holidays and it's been 6 or 8 weeks since you payed any atten…
 
Announcement: I’m pregnant and taking some maternity leave from mid September 2021! Therefore, not sure if I’m doing another regular season of the podcast this year. For now I’m going to do an occasional bonus livestream series and rebroadcast it on the pod. It’s not ideal but it’s all I’ve got in me atm. So every few weeks expect a bonus pod ep wi…
 
Hi everyone and welcome back to the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, which is now 4 years old! In celebration of this milestone, I’m sharing a replay of S04 E10 from 2018, about the Three Thinking Traps that Sabotage Your Wellbeing As a Teacher. Last week I shared my favourite episode, but this week I’m sharing your favourite episode, or at least, the mo…
 
The Teacher Wellbeing Podcast is turning 4! In celebration of this milestone, I’m sharing a replay of S05 E04 from 2019. This is my absolute favourite episode of the last 4 years, and it’s also the episode I’ve had the most feedback from listeners about. This really resonated with you then, and I think it will resonate with you now too. The School …
 
Today I’m excited to bring you my conversation with Steve Francis from HappySchool.com.au and we are of course talking about creating happy schools! Steve tells us about his teaching and leadership background in QLD and Hong Kong, and how his passion for supporting the teachers that he worked with turned into a Masters researching teacher stress, a…
 
What is culture? Two definitions I like are: ‘people like us do things like this’ and ‘ideas, customs, and social behaviours of a particular people or society.’ Many teachers tell me they feel at odds with the culture in their workplace. Or worse than at odds, completely undermined by it. Well, if that’s you, I hear you. I know how challenging it c…
 
At the best of times, teaching is exciting, exhausting, scary and rewarding. First year teachers find it is all of this and more! There are so many new things to learn and so, so much work to do. Non-teaching friends and family don’t really understand the demands of the job, you are still feeling like a bit of an imposter (are they really letting m…
 
Welcome to the Digital Homebody Podcast, a weekly show helping you combine the magic of the internet with the cosy environment of home so you can work remotely and design a life you love. You may have heard of Digital Nomads, people who work remotely and travel the world, often working from coffee shops and coworking spaces in exotic locations and …
 
This episode is the audio replay from an Instagram Live I did on the 15th January 2021. Come hang out with me on Insta, I'm having fun with Reels and things! https://instagram.com/selfcareforteachers Sign up for the Free webinar: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar And enrol in the Resilient Teacher Group Coaching Program here https://selfca…
 
Happy New Year! You did it, you made it through 2020, the weirdest, hardest year yet. Wherever you are in the world, I want to acknowledge the huge challenges and upheaval 2020 brought and give you a big pat on the back. Well done, it is no mean feat. So we find ourselves in 2021 and I wonder if perhaps your social media newsfeed and email inbox is…
 
In this episode I'm sharing my predictions for the 2021 trends in the teacher health, wellbeing and resilience space in Australia (and beyond). This is also the last episode of Season 7 and for 2020. I will take a little break and see you in 2021! My predictions are: 1. Schools are taking on board the wellbeing message and doing SOMETHING but it wi…
 
Who benefits from individual teachers and schools being caught up in and measured by the way things look and appear as opposed to what difference is really being made academically, socially, emotionally? Links mentioned: Instagram @selfcareforteachers Resilient Teacher Program Wait List Rethinking Resilience podcast ep Invisible work of teaching po…
 
Part 2 of my conversation with Stuart Keene, Clinical Exercise Physiologist. If you haven't yet listened to last week, please do so first. Early bird Prices until 11th December: 2021 Self-Care System 2021 Self-Care System https://selfcareforteachers.thinkific.com/courses/selfcaresystem2021 Fatigue Resilience Masterclass Series https://selfcareforte…
 
I really love this time of year, because it’s the time I start looking at planners and calendars and thinking about all the possibilities of a new year. It’s exciting! That being said, the flip side of excitement is often anxiety. And this can be a really anxiety-filled time of year for many! I share what I've learned from Hagrid about managing thi…
 
I’m sharing 3 reasons why your school needs to have a wellbeing champion role that is focused on teacher and staff wellbeing. First, I acknowledge the Gaibul people of the Toowoomba area who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I am recording this today, where I live and work, and where Self-Care for Teachers operates. I acknowledge …
 
I have a beautiful conversation with Beth Cregan from Write Away With Me. Beth is a teacher and a writer and runs professional development on writing and creativity for teachers as well as teaching writing to students. We talk about how teachers can use writing to support their wellbeing, both individually but also collectively in staff groups, as …
 
Today I'm sharing with you 29 questions you can ask as part of a process of self-coaching. Coaching is just a conversation where one person takes on the role of asking questions that help the person being coached to uncover the answers for themselves and sometimes to break out of the thinking patterns and habits and mindsets that they might not hav…
 
A follow up chat with Bek, who is a teacher you may remember from Episode Three of the very first season of the podcast. Way back in the beginning of 2017, I spoke to Bek about her journey of finding more personal wellbeing as a teacher and treating herself like a person first and a teacher second. And at the end of 2019, we caught up with a bit of…
 
It's good to be back behind the mic and I'm excited to talk to you today about 11 mistakes I see teachers and schools making when it comes to their health, wellbeing and resilience. These are things I see quite commonly in my clients and I've also made a lot of them myself, so I absolutely get it and I'm sharing these with the greatest empathy and …
 
In the first teacher story recorded since coronavirus, Wendy shares her story of health challenges and new wellbeing resolutions, and how that was all impacted by the disruptions to work and life that Covid-19 brought. Remember there's also a couple of days left to join is round of the Resilient Teacher program: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/resil…
 
This is the audio from Lesson 2 of the free workshop series about Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience. Click here to watch a replay of it this week for free, on Facebook! Or find it in the Freebies Library at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library Enrolment for the next round of the Resilient Teacher Coaching Program is now open, and early bird pricin…
 
Back in January I ran a free workshop series about Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience, with the subtitle “what ever teacher needs to know before the 2020 school year begins.” Looking back on it now, I can’t believe how prescient that actually was. So I'm running a replay of it this week for free, on Facebook! Enrolment for the next round of the Resil…
 
You are almost at the end of the weirdest, most challenging term ever. Just in case you haven’t paused to acknowledge yourself, take a moment to do so now. This last term has been the biggest disruption to Australia’s education system in history. Twice. Across Australia, teachers have never worked harder or had to be more flexible, adaptable and co…
 
In this episode I want to explore two myths that are sabotaging your health and wellbeing, and those are the ideas that health and wellbeing is binary and linear. Now, when I say myths, I’m not necessarily talking about mythology, as in The Greek Gods and Goddesses, Hercules and Zeus and Athena and Aphrodite. That’s not what I mean. I’m talking abo…
 
Support the podcast today via Pozible: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 This is a longer episode, and it’s a really really fantastic teacher story. I also share my ongoing commitment to anti-racism work and unpacking my privilege as a teacher and a coach. There are just SO many learnings and I’m so grateful that Ti…
 
This interview is with Katrina Bourke of Katrina Bourke coaching, who you may remember from way back in Series 2. We talk about schools around Australia returning to on campus learning for all students, and the way that transition is playing out for teachers and leaders and school staff, and what we can do individually and collectively to support o…
 
In this episode, I interview Melissa, a teacher with a powerful story about taking back control and power and responsibility for own health and wellbeing. Contribute to the Crowdfunder for Season 6 here: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 I’d love to hear your questions and comments! All the details about how you can…
 
Hello everyone and welcome back to Season 6 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! I’m so excited to be here and back on your airwaves and in your earbuds every week for the next 10 weeks at least. Today I’m excited to share with you the voicemails that I have received since I asked for listeners to call in and Leave me a voicemail for Season 6 of the T…
 
Support the podcast today via Pozible: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 Other podcasts I've been featured on recently: The Reflective Teacher Podcast The Youth Mentor Podcast Ideas into Reality Podcast What She Did Next Podcast (coming soon) Links mentioned in this episode: This article and this article about the S…
 
Last week our Prime Minister recorded a message for teachers and I think it's fair to say it had a mixed reception. Today I have a message for teachers that I hope will resonate. I have been hearing from a lot of you in comment sections, in PMs and DMs, and in coaching sessions over the last month and I’m seeing some themes arising that I want to s…
 
Hi everyone and welcome to this bonus episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast. Today I’m talking about teaching in the time of covid-19. So I am recording this not with my regular mic and it’s just raw, imperfect, in-edited and un-produced, because I want to get it into your earbuds as soon as possible. This is being recorded at a very particular …
 
The Teacher Wellbeing podcast turned 3 last week! And to celebrate I released a bonus episode of the podcast this week, detailing 4 things I’ve learned from 3 years of hosting the show! I also talk about the things I’ve learned about myself and running Self-Care for Teachers in the process. Plus, I share an amazing story about some action a teacher…
 
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the teacher wellbeing podcast, and welcome to 2020! The new school year is about to begin and I know that means many of you are in the midst of inservice, professional development, student free days and setting up your classrooms. We're still between seasons of the podcast but in this bonus episode, I am sharing …
 
Recently on the Teachers Thriving Lounge Facebook Group, Trudy from TeachersThriving.com and I spent a good 45 minutes discussing the very important but under-researched topic of teacher sleep, and some strategies you can use to help you get a good night's rest. As Trudy says, "Sleep is the sleeper topic for educators. No-one really is talking abou…
 
This is a replay of a Facebook Livestream I did today, which I wanted to share with you because I know some of you are only following me on the podcast, and may not get updates otherwise. The audio quality isn't amazing, but it's good enough and the episode will self-destruct in about a week so listen now while you can! I have half updated my websi…
 
First up, this episode will self-destruct in about 7 days, so you wanna listen right now while it's available in your player. I have a couple of time-sensitive updates and then a special invitation for you. Teacher Self-Care September. If you're not already playing at home, join in at Facebook or Instagram and see the overview post here Supporting …
 
In this episode I have a brilliant conversation with fellow teacher wellbeing enthusiast, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica shares her story with us and it’s one I think you’ll relate to. She tells us about her experiences as a preservice and early career teacher and how she fell into the trap that so many of us fall into, wh…
 
I’m deliberately doing this episode directly after Gabbie’s 2 part episodes because I know they may have stirred up a lot for some of you. The content of Gabbie’s book Teacher and the content of our conversation, while really important, also touches on some real sore points for teachers. I know because you tell me and I know because they’re sore po…
 
I think this week’s episode is an absolute must-listen for any teacher today. It’s Part 2 of my conversation with Gabbie Stroud, author of the best-selling book ‘Teacher’, and if you haven’t yet, I do recommend you go and listen to Part 1 of this interview which is the previous episode on the podcast. In that episode Gabbie told us a bit about her …
 
I’m so excited to bring you this episode of the podcast with a woman who I’m sure needs no introduction! Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing The System. Links to the essay went ‘viral’ on social media and th…
 
In this episode you will hear Part 2 of my interview with Elise. If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to Part 1 so that this half to he conversation makes sense! In Part 1 she tells us about some serious health challenges she’s faced, including a really, REALLY important message about vocal care, plus how important a culture of wellbeing is in a …
 
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