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Teacher Self-Care: It's a Balancing Act!

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Teacher Self-Care: It's a Balancing Act!

  1. 1. Teacher Self-Care IT’S A BALANCING ACT!
  2. 2. GOALS <ul><li>TO PROVIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL FOLKS A FRAMEWORK </li></ul><ul><li>AND SOME STRATEGIES </li></ul><ul><li>FOR SELF-CARE </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Why do teachers NOT </li></ul><ul><li>take care of themselves? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Erin Gruwell Freedom Writers
  6. 6. Jamie Escalante Stand and Deliver
  7. 7. RON CLARK The Ron Clark Story
  8. 8. Thomas Merton <ul><li>There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence….{and that is} activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>If you are not good for yourself, </li></ul><ul><li>how can you be good </li></ul><ul><li>for others? </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish proverb </li></ul><ul><li>(Feldman, A World Treasury) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Signs and Symptoms of Needing Self-Care <ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continually sacrificing sleep with the illusion you will get it all done. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eating foods that don’t nourish the body </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emotions- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reacting emotionally to behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overwhelmed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not much joy in work </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. TOOLS YOU USE FOR SELF CARE <ul><li>FOOD </li></ul><ul><li>SLEEP </li></ul><ul><li>WATER </li></ul><ul><li>EXERCISE </li></ul><ul><li>FUN </li></ul>
  13. 13. BREATHE
  14. 14. DETACH DETACH DETACH <ul><li>Help us to be </li></ul><ul><li>the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit who knows that without darkness </li></ul><ul><li>nothing comes to birth </li></ul><ul><li>as without light </li></ul><ul><li>nothing flowers </li></ul><ul><li>May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude </li></ul>
  15. 15. Detachment <ul><li>“ the capacity to care deeply from an objective place” </li></ul><ul><li>Angeles Arrien, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>The Four-fold Path </li></ul>
  16. 16. Harrison Owen’s Four Immutable Laws of Spirit <ul><li>Whoever is present are the right people </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever it begins is the right time </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened </li></ul><ul><li>When it’s over, it’s over </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Detachment </li></ul><ul><li>Equals </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries </li></ul>
  18. 18. Feel your feelings and receive support <ul><li>Spiritually bulletproof people to make it a practice to push into their pain rather than numb themselves to their true feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritually bulletproof people are willing to receive and are resourceful in finding the support and assistance they need </li></ul><ul><li>Azim Kamisa and Jillian Quinn </li></ul><ul><li>The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit </li></ul>
  19. 19. Courage…Authenticity Vulnerability 03/03/12 Free Template from
  20. 20. <ul><li>Never spend time with people who don’t respect you </li></ul><ul><li>Maori proverb </li></ul><ul><li>(Feldman, a World Treasury) </li></ul>
  21. 21. MEDITATE <ul><li>When we consecrate a time to listen to the still, small voices, we remember the root of inner wisdom that makes work fruitful </li></ul><ul><li>Wayne Muller </li></ul><ul><li>Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest </li></ul>
  22. 22. Silence <ul><li>A day of silence </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a pilgrimage in itself. </li></ul><ul><li>A day of silence </li></ul><ul><li>Can help you listen </li></ul><ul><li>To the Soul play </li></ul><ul><li>Its marvelous lute and drum. </li></ul><ul><li>Is not most talking </li></ul><ul><li>A crazed defense of a crumbling fort? </li></ul><ul><li>I thought we came here </li></ul><ul><li>To surrender in Silence </li></ul><ul><li>To yield to Light and Happiness, </li></ul><ul><li>To Dance within </li></ul><ul><li>In celebration of Love’s Victory! </li></ul><ul><li>By Hafiz </li></ul>
  23. 23. Nature Calls Us <ul><li>We Know ourselves to be made from this earth. We Know this earth is made from our bodies. For we see ourselves, And we are nature. We are nature seeing nature. We are nature with a concept of nature. Nature weeping. Nature speaking of nature to nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature </li></ul>
  24. 24. BALANCE RESERVES <ul><li>What is a Balance Reserve?  </li></ul><ul><li>The Balance Reserves are the things </li></ul><ul><li>we feel like we need more of </li></ul><ul><li>in order to be at our best. </li></ul><ul><li>What is on your list </li></ul><ul><li>to balance reserves? </li></ul>
  25. 25. Soul of Students, Soul of Teachers: Welcoming the Inner Life to School Rachel Kessler (Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers, Linda Lantieri editor) <ul><li>“ We teach who we are.” “Walk your talk.” Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “ What you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say you </li></ul><ul><li>are.” </li></ul>
  26. 26. Soul of Students, Soul of Teachers: Welcoming the Inner Life to School (Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers, Linda Lantieri editor) <ul><li>Our way of being in the world of the classroom- whether we are “being peace” or “being impatience,” “being respect” or “being condescension,” being awareness’ or “being numb”- will ultimately determine how safe and open students will feel when we invite them to explore deep matters </li></ul>
  27. 27. HUMOR GIGGLE.. CHORTLE.. GAFFAW.. <ul><li>Blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy </li></ul><ul><li>Blood pressure drops, circulation improves and pulse rate drops </li></ul><ul><li>Depression is lifted, even chronic depression is often cured </li></ul><ul><li>High endorphin levels put us in a great mood and reduce any aches & pains </li></ul><ul><li>Immune, digestive & sexual systems that are switched off by stress are switched on </li></ul><ul><li>Self confidence is boosted, communication skills and creativity are boosted </li></ul><ul><li>Our lymphatic system is massaged and our immune systems boosted </li></ul><ul><li>Stress levels reduce by 75% or more and we become more stress resistant </li></ul>
  30. 30. Summary <ul><li>Do the basics(sleep, eat, exercise) </li></ul><ul><li>Breathe </li></ul><ul><li>Detach </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to receive and take care of feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Meditate(quiet time…silence) </li></ul><ul><li>Stretch </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Calls </li></ul><ul><li>LAUGH </li></ul>
  31. 31. What are you going to do DIFFERENTLY??? <ul><li>PLEASE THINK FOR A MOMENT </li></ul><ul><li>AND CONSIDER THREE STRATEGIES YOU CAN DO </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN YOU GET BACK </li></ul><ul><li>TO YOUR SCHOOL? </li></ul>03/03/12 Free Template from
  32. 32. Questions? <ul><li>Thanks for coming! </li></ul><ul><li>ann mary roberts </li></ul><ul><li>RADFORD UNIVERSITY </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>