Mental Health: Self-Care and Mental Health for Educators
Mindfulness/stress management strategies and interventions can help teachers develop coping and awareness skills to reduce anxiety, depression, and improved health. Recent research from the Curry School of Education, U of VA suggest that we expand our focus when considering effective professional development. In a study of of 234 teachers, representing K-12, they found that “teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students” (Breen, 2016). These ﬁndings strongly suggest that by prioritizing an educator’s social-emotional learning helps him or her to be there to participate in school wide SEL practices. If you ﬁnd yourself thinking it is counterintuitive to ask a professional to give so much and then to provide only professional development and not personal development (through the lens of SEL) you’re with us!
In this session you will:
- mindfulness/stress reduction practices to promote self-regulation of attention;
- non-judgmental awareness;
- how to develop a personal mindfulness practice (which is necessary to be a mindful teacher which is necessary to teach mindfulness!); and
- how to maximize the space between stimulus and response.
Time: 1 hour