I began Tiny Chefs in order to provide support, research and resources for teachers to improve the health of their students. The underlying message has always been to take care of ourselves first so that we have the skills and energy to take care of our students. The key to improve our students health is to improve our own health first.
I continue to read the latest research, try new strategies and speak to fellow teachers on how to improve our students health. I love hearing that I have inspired change in a students life and I am thrilled when I hear I have inspired a teachers life. When I inspire a teacher to make some great changes in their own life, I know that they will go on to have a positive impact on hundreds of students throughout their career! This is so exciting for me. This is what motives me to keep doing what I’m doing.
One journal article which I would love you to check out was written by Faye McCallum and Deborah Price from the University of South Australia. It is all about the impact a teachers’ health has on their students and what strategies teachers can use, particularly in their early years of teaching, to improve their own wellbeing and strengthen their career. The article titled ‘Well teachers, well students‘ was written in 2010 and has been published in the Journal of Student Wellbeing.
Some of the highlights from the article was the fact that teachers in their early years set unrealistic goals on what they want to achieve in the classroom along with spending excessive amounts of time planning and researching for their lessons. This level of workload cuts into their personal life which then gets put aside. When a teacher does not have a well rounded personal life they can really deplete themselves of energy and passion for their career. By practicing various strategies to reduce your workload such as; delegation, saying no, team planning and organisation, you can start to pull back that sacred personal time and have time to recharge your batteries before Monday morning.
This article has added to my motivation to get my Teachers Retreat ready for early 2014. The Teachers Retreat will show-case a number of speakers on how to improve your mental and physical wellbeing along with practical sessions in cooking and gardening to provide the skills on implementing healthy programs into your classroom. If you want to be pampered and recharged then this event should be on your calendar. The tickets will be released in early 2014 but you can go onto an early wait list to be sure you get yours by simply replying to this email and saying ‘Count me in for the Teachers Retreat 2014!’.
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