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Teachers suffer all illnesses common to any community. They may have high levels of stress and can have problems that affect specific areas such as the voice. They can also succumb to common afflictions normally found in children.
Information is provided on areas such as stress and burnout, the causes of these plus there is a section on care of the voice.
- Anger Management FAQ
‘Causes, what makes some people snap, what anger management classes are about, how to defuse conflicts’.
- Anger Management - Self-Management Techniques
‘Anger management is a term used to describe the skills you need to recognise that you, or someone else, is becoming angry and take appropriate action to deal with the situation in a positive way’.
- Anger Management : Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control
‘With insight about the real reasons for your anger and these anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from hijacking your life’.
- Anger Management Tips [Mayo Clinic]
‘These effective anger management techniques will help give you the upper hand’.
- Anger Toolkit
Suggestions for remaining cool, calm, less stressed. This section is Free. Links at bottom lead to commonsense information on listed topics.
- Controlling Anger - Before It Controls You
- Managing your Anger
Australian Psychological Society.
- 7 Tips for Overcoming Teacher BurnOut
ASCD. Common sense ideas. Several have embedded links to information.
- Avoiding Teacher Burnout
‘Try these strategies for avoiding teacher burnout and make concrete improvements’.
- Burnout Test
‘This test is designed to evaluate your risk for burnout related to your work’. Requires Free Registration.
- Teacher Burnout [Flinders]
- Teacher Burnout - Images
If you are a visual person, or see the lighter side of a situation, these cartoons and images are worth viewing.
- Teacher Burnout [QUT]
‘Well-being, Burnout And Competence : Implications For Teachers’.
- Teacher Burnout : What Are the Warning Signs ?
Article with several lists of symptoms and further information.
- Understanding and Minimising Staff Burnout
US document for administrators.
- How a Teacher’s Voice Affects Pupils’ Behaviour
Article on the need to maintain the voice and possible effects if you do not.
- Occupational Voice Loss
Article from Hazards Magazine [UK]. Quite extensive.
- Special Care for Voice Users
Fact Sheet. American Academy of Otolaryngology.
- Voice Academy
‘A no-cost, self-directed, virtual school built for the vocal health of [U.S.] teachers’. Also check the Are you in the vocal danger zone ? Quiz and see how you rate.
- Voice Care
‘Sets out advice to teachers on voice care, including basic advice on spotting problems, preventative measures and information on seeking appropriate specialist help’. National Union of Teachers, UK.
- Voice Care for Teachers
DET, Victoria. Check their Voice Care Program from this page.
- Voice Health
Article by Catherine Franz. For further help check the links on the left and at the bottom.
- Do Teachers Have More Health Problems ?
Results from a French cross-sectional survey.
- Health and Safety A#45;Z [NUT]
Documents and advice relating to health concerns in schools. These include Voice Care, and Stress - Tackling Stress.
- How to Manage Teacher’s Health in the Classroom
‘Tips on managing health issues at school to prevent illness’.
- Laughter : Good For Your Health [WebMD]
‘Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step’.
- Motivation [Psychology Today]
If you are motivated, you want to do things. Less stress, better health.
- Pupil wellbeing - Teacher wellbeing : Two sides of the same coin ?
2012, Sue Roffey; Educational & Child Psychology.
Build Skills to Endure Hardship. ‘Test your resilience level, get tips to build your own resilience’.
- Teacher Wellbeing : A research of the evidence
2009, Pat Bricheno, Sally Brown, Rebecca Lubansky; Teacher Support Network Research Services.
- Time Management Skills
If you manage time well, there is less stress than if you don’t.
- Understanding and Managing Depression
Australian Psychological Society. Causes, symptoms, treatment, tips, other resources.
- Year Three : Survival Skills
This page contains a wide range of links related to New Teacher Mentoring including links related to Personal and Professional Wellness for new teachers.
- General Anxiety
‘As most of us worry, it is useful to recognise when that worry becomes a problem’. Are You Anxious ? also contains advice about this area.
- Understanding and Managing Anxiety
Australian Psychological Society. What it is, causes, symptoms, how treated, tips on managing, anxiety disorders, other resources, more.
- Relaxation Techniques
‘Explore relaxation techniques you can do on your own’.
- Boost Staff Morale And Reduce Stress
‘Ready-to-use articles provide practical strategies to reduce stress, cope with change, work well with others and improve work-life balance’. Fee-based, but free trial available. Australian.
- Burnout and Stress Management
Annotated Links for teachers and students. TeAchnology.
- Laugh more, stress less
‘Humour can help reduce stress by providing a positive way of looking at problems’.
- Managing Stress
UniSA. ‘Designed to help you better understand the way stress works and offer strategies to help you manage’.
- Mind Tools - Stress Management Techniques.
- Stress at Work : How to Deal with Job and Workplace Stress
‘Whatever your work demands or ambitions, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress and improve your job satisfaction’.
UK site. Looks at stress initiators, how to cope with them.
- Stress Management
‘How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress’.
- Stress Management [Healthline]
Article containing simple directions.
- Stress Management [MedicineNet]
Strategies, slideshows, who is susceptible, more.
- Stress Management Online Elearning Course
Australian developed course. Fee-based but could be appropriate on a group basis.
- Stress Management Techniques
‘The first articles help you understand stress and what causes it. They introduce you to three main approaches to stress management, then show how you can identify the key sources of stress’.
- Stress Reduction Techniques : 5 Simple Ways
Article about these. Designed for people new to the workforce.
- Stress-Relief Tips
Annotated links to short articles on overcoming stress in various ways.
- Stress Relievers : Top Tension Reducing Activities
‘Here are the ten stress relievers I believe are most effective for the amount of work and time involved. There’s something here for everyone !’
Provided by the National Union of Teachers in the UK.
- Keeping Happy and Healthy
‘Aimed at [teachers] who are worried their mental health is suffering because of the demands of their work’.
- Preventing Work-Related Mental Health Conditions By Tackling Stress
‘Teaching is considered to be one of the most stressful professions to work in, if not the most stressful’.
- Protecting Teachers’ Mental Health
‘This guidance suggests ways in which representatives/health and safety representatives and school [heads] can work together’.
- NEA - Stress !
‘Part of your job is to stay healthy and sane, especially in those first few years. Keep this in mind : For the sake of your health and your students’ performance, you should take steps to reduce stress’.
- Tips for Coping With Stress
‘Coping with stress is easier when you identify stress triggers, manage time well and beat burnout’.
- Understanding and Managing Stress
Australian Psychological Society.