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Teaching & the dirty little secret


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  • 1. Teaching & the dirty little secret
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  • 3. ‘You can’t judge a teacher by their facade of unflappability!’
  • 4. A practical definition : ‘Responsibility without power’
  • 5. Stress and the teaching profession
    Self evaluation
    The biology of stress
    Signs & symptoms
    Coping strategies
  • 6. 30% of all newly qualified teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years of service
  • 7. ‘All those long must be great to be a teacher...’
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  • 9. HSE research (2000) - teaching is among the most stressful professions in the UK, with 41.5% of teachers reporting themselves as ‘highly stressed’.
    Journal of Managerial Psychology in 2005, ranked teaching as the 2nd most stressful job out of 26 occupations analysed.
    The study found that only ambulance drivers experienced higher levels of stress than teachers!
  • 10. YouGov (2007) - stress led half of all teachers to consider leaving the profession in that year.
    Those considering leaving cited the following factors:
    long hours
    insufficient management support
    excessive workload
    large class sizes
    pupil behaviour
  • 11. How stressed are you?
  • 12. Questionnaire
  • 13. Questionnaire results
    4 points or less:
    You are least likely to suffer from stress-related illness.
    Your coping strategies are obviously working for you...or you’re lying!
  • 14. Questionnaire results
    5 - 13 points:
    You are more likely to experience stress related ill health - either mental, physical or both.
    You would benefit from re-evaluating your stress management strategies.
  • 15. Questionnaire results
    14 points or more:
    You show a number of traits or characteristics that are creating un-healthy long term behaviours.
    This means that you are very likely to experience stress & stress-related illness.
    It is strongly recommended that you seek medical advice and/or stress management counselling.
  • 16. The biology of stress
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  • 19. Cortisol & adrenal fatigue
  • 20. The drip drip fight for your life
    Admin. & preparation
    Performance anxiety
    In-lesson management
    Post lesson reflection
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  • 22. Reading the signs
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  • 24. Reading the signs - Psychological
    Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
    Memory lapses
    Becoming rather vague
    Easily distracted
    Less intuitive & creative
    Excessive worrying
    Negative thinking
    Depression & anxiety.
  • 25. Reading the signs - Emotional
    Mood swings
    Sensitivity to criticism
    Feeling out of control
    Lack of motivation
    Lack of confidence
    Lack of self-esteem.
  • 26. Reading the signs - Behavioural
    Little time for relaxation or pleasurable activities
    Becoming a workaholic
    Prone to accidents
    Increased reliance on negative coping strategies
    Poor time management and/or standards of work
    Self neglect/change in appearance
    Social withdrawal
    Relationship problems
    Insomnia or waking tired
    Aggressive/anger outbursts
  • 27. Reading the signs - Physical
    Panic attacks/nausea
    Physical tiredness
    Menstrual changes/loss of libido/sexual problems
    Heart problems/high blood pressure.
    Aches/pains & muscle tension/grinding teeth
    Frequent colds/infections
    Allergies/rashes/skin irritations
    Constipation/diarrhoea/ IBS
    Weight loss or gain
  • 28. Coping strategies - ABC
    A- Acknowledge
    B- Behaviour modification (proactive)
    C- Communication
  • 29. Positive physical coping strategies
  • 30. Positive mental coping strategies
    Know your stress triggers
    Support network
    Relaxation techniques
    Build in renewal time
  • 31. Positive professional coping strategies
    Good organisation
    Don’t reinvent the wheel
    Commitment to C.P.D.
    Follow the 10 commandments of career teaching.
  • 32. 1. Thou shalt not try to be perfect.
    2. Thou shalt not try to be ALL things to ALL people.
    3. Thou shaltaccept that some things must be left undone and some things may never get done!
    4. Thou shalt accept that not all thy lessons will succeed.
    5. Thou shalt learn to say ‘No.’
    6. Thou shaltbe more than just a teacher.
    7. Thou shaltlisten to thy body’s warnings.
    8. Thou shalt ask for help.
    9. Thou shalt not feel guilty for being merely human.
    10. Thou shaltbe as kind and understanding to thyself as thou art to those young people in thy care.
  • 33. Resources & suggestions
  • 34. Heartmath – Freeze frame
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  • 37. NVC – Marshall Rosenberg
  • 38. If all else fails, it’s worth reflecting on the fact that...
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  • 40. So have a slice of something indulgent and remember that however stressed you may feel at times...
  • 41. It could be a lot worse!