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Teaching & the dirty little secret

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Teaching & the dirty little secret

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