The start of #teacher5aday – different sides of the same coin
Happiness is on the rise globally, according to an end-of-year survey of 64,000 people in 65 countries.
The launch of #teacher5aday has contributed very positively to my happiness this month. Lots of support and positive feedback for the initial idea shared here http://wp.me/p4VbxY-6E. A number of #well-being superheroes have shared their ideas about how they will start looking after themselves more and therefore look after their students as well.
There is also a collection of #Nurture1415 blogs, a great idea from @ChocoTzar in which people review last years achievements, and talk about their hopes for this one. http://suecowley.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/the-nurture-1415-collection/
In January I hope that teachers will continue to discuss their well-being either as a tweet (daily / weekly) or via a blog. Using the ideas shared in the links above or the John Muir framework below I’m hoping that a collective approach to this issue will continue to have a positive impact and we can contribute to a more extensive list of ideas to develop our well-being.
A few notable contributions might help with this process.
Hannah Norton @Wild_Every_Day explains her approach to the John Muir Award.
Debbie Inglis @HTcoach explains how she is putting her plans into action.
B Yusuf @rondelle10_b has provided a number of ideas on how to record your progress.
What could be better than looking after YOU this year?
John Muir Framework for #teacher5aday
- collaborate with teachers in your department, in other departments or in another school
- attend a Teachmeet
- set up a cake club
Be active (#exercise)
- explore the school grounds
- go for a walk before or after school / lunchtime
- set up a school based sporting activity
Take notice (#notice)
- keep a journal
- take photos of before or after / seasonal images
Keep learning (#learn)
- create a photo journal
- write creatively
- learn how to blog
- create a well-being garden
- as a school adopt a beach
- volunteer in the wider community
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) Centre for Well-being suggest a successful society is one where economic activity delivers high levels of sustainable well-being for all its citizens. They have been researching well-being, how people experience their lives and flourish, for over a decade and argue that since 1970, the UK’s GDP has doubled, but people’s satisfaction with life has hardly changed. 81% of Britons believe that the Government should prioritise creating the greatest happiness, not the greatest wealth.
Their Well-Being at Work report http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/well-being-at-work, based on statistical evidence, concluded that ;-
- Getting the right work-life balance is an effective way of avoiding stress at work.
- It is possible to maximise overall organisational well-being through a re-evaluation of how salaries are distributed among employees.
- Organisations can adopt certain approaches towards job security that help their staff achieve higher levels of job satisfaction.
- Working with employees to ensure they have a sense that their job is achievable can lead to greater job satisfaction, as well as higher levels of morale.
- Management behaviour seems to be highly important, with some management styles more successful than others at strengthening well-being at work.
- Creating a safe working environment and a sense of the social value of the work of the organisation, may increase employees’ feelings of job satisfaction.
- Good levels of job-fit and skill-use, and opportunities to develop new skills, can create high levels of employee satisfaction.
- Helping employees to take greater control over their work can lead to better performance and greater job satisfaction.
- Taking steps to improve relationships at work – with a particular focus on relationships between staff and managers – and encouraging positive feelings can improve both job and life satisfaction.
So could we create the #teacher5aday version of their 5 postcards to well-being – http://issuu.com/neweconomicsfoundation/docs/five_ways_to_well-being?e=0
I hope so and I hope the conversations continue in the new term as we discuss 2015, the year of teacher well-being.