Teacher Well-Being: Approaches from Positive Psychology

Details

Teaching in the 21st century is rated as one of the most stressful careers across many different countries. Increasing workload, new initiatives, challenging behaviour and lack of resources are just some of the issues teachers face on a daily basis. If we don’t replenish and restore ourselves, we can quickly become depleted and emotionally exhausted. This has implications not only for ourselves, but also for our students, as teacher wellbeing is linked to student wellbeing and also to student outcomes. Fortunately, the field of positive psychology (the science of wellbeing) can provide teachers with a rich array of skills and strategies to keep ourselves replenished and to help us to develop the resilience we need, not only to survive, but to thrive in the classroom.


Objectives and Outcomes

  • Introduce the concept of wellbeing
  • Review the causes of teacher stress
  • Provide an overview of positive psychology
  • Explore how interventions from positive psychology can restore and replenish teacher wellbeing

Additional Information

SKU CONF2020JAE
Session Session 1 - 8:45am - 10:30am
Day Day 4
Topic Well-Being/Self Care

Teaching in the 21st century is rated as one of the most stressful careers across many different countries. Increasing workload, new initiatives, challenging behaviour and lack of resources are just some of the issues teachers face on a daily basis. If we don’t replenish and restore ourselves, we can quickly become depleted and emotionally exhausted. This has implications not only for ourselves, but also for our students, as teacher wellbeing is linked to student wellbeing and also to student outcomes. Fortunately, the field of positive psychology (the science of wellbeing) can provide teachers with a rich array of skills and strategies to keep ourselves replenished and to help us to develop the resilience we need, not only to survive, but to thrive in the classroom.


Objectives and Outcomes

  • Introduce the concept of wellbeing
  • Review the causes of teacher stress
  • Provide an overview of positive psychology
  • Explore how interventions from positive psychology can restore and replenish teacher wellbeing