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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
‘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 Management
‘All of us experience anger from time to time. It’s a normal, commonly experienced emotion. However, anger can be incredibly destructive if we don’t know how to control it’.
- Controlling Anger - Before It Controls You
‘How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Anger’.
Australian Psychological Society.
- 7 Tips for Overcoming Teacher
ASCD. Common sense ideas. Several have embedded links to information.
- Burnout Test
‘This test is designed to evaluate your risk for burnout related to your work’. Requires Free Registration.
- How To Avoid Teacher
Smart Classroom Management.
- 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.
- The Warning Signs Of
‘Before understanding how self-care can address burnout - both in teaching and other service-oriented professions - it’s important to outline the stages of burnout. If these look familiar, you may be a teacher who can benefit from practicing self-care’.
- Top 10 Ways to Deal With Teacher
‘Try these strategies for avoiding teacher burnout and make concrete improvements’.
- Understanding and Minimising Staff
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.
- Voice Health
Article by Catherine Franz. For further help check the links on the left and at the bottom.
- 7 Steps to Take
If You Want to Be a Healthy Teacher
Information presented for each from another teacher. Links to related material as well.
- Do Teachers Have More Health Problems
Results from a French cross-sectional survey.
the Teacher’s Brain : Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators
‘In the busy life of a teacher, who has time to think about healthy eating, much less sorting through the sometimes conflicting claims about the nutritional value of various food choices ? Unfortunately, the less we think about what we eat, the worse our diets may be, especially if we default to snacking on so-called convenience foods’.
- 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 Deal with Anxiety and Worry
‘Worry is a normal part of life, and can even be helpful in some instances. It is possible, however, for worry to become more confronting, emotionally, than these every day worries’.
- 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. Currently developing a new website. Monitor for this.
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
Australian Psychological Society. Causes, symptoms, treatment, tips, other resources.
- Year Three : Survival
This page contains a wide range of links related to New Teacher Mentoring including links related to Personal and Professional Wellness for new teachers.
- 9 Stress
Management Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Know
‘As a teacher, you know that stress is inevitable. But while stress is inevitable, how you respond to it can spell the difference between a long, rewarding career, and one cut short by burn-out’.
‘Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause’.
- Anxiety Management Strategies; contains advice about this area.
- Understanding and Managing
Australian Psychological Society. What it is, causes, symptoms, how treated, tips on managing, anxiety disorders, other resources, more.
‘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.
- Quick Stress Relief
‘Using Your Senses to Relieve Stress On the Spot’.
UK site. Looks at stress initiators, how to cope with them.
- Stress in the Workplace
‘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’.
- Stress Management [Healthline]
Article containing simple directions.
- Stress Management
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 !’
- Using Self-Help Techniques for Dealing with Stress
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’.
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 -
‘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’.
- Stress in the
Australian Psychological Society.
Tips for Coping With Stress
‘Coping with stress is easier when you identify stress triggers, manage time well and beat burnout’.