The Teacher Wellbeing Podcast is turning 4! In celebration of this milestone, I’m sharing a replay of S05 E04 from 2019. This is my absolute favourite episode of the last 4 years, and it’s also the episode I’ve had the most feedback from listeners about. This really resonated with you then, and I think it will resonate with you now too.
The School Wellbeing Champions meetup is on again, on the 10th and 13th of March 2021. Head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion to find out more!
Despite the jokes that teaching is 9 – 3 with 12 weeks holiday a year, we know it to be otherwise. We know that the work starts well before 9am, finishes well after 3pm and that large parts of those holidays are usually spent working too.
We also know that workload has been increasing over the last 10-20 years. The introduction of new improvement measures such as Professional Standards for Teachers and the national curriculum, as well as the impact of NAPLAN and the My School Website have resulted in more administrative work, much of which arguably has little to do with the actual running of a classroom day to day.
There is a vast invisible workload required of teachers today, much of which isn’t only invisible to the general public but it’s also going unnoticed and unacknowledged by us too. As well as the administrative requirements of the job, the mental load of running a classroom and the emotional labour inherent in the role are increasing too.
This episode is about that invisible work, and while there are no quick fixes, I offer some steps to take to help survive and practise self-care in the process.
The Teachers Thriving list of Employee Assistance Services
Mental load cartoon by French Cartoonist Emma, in the Guardian
Mental load ABC article by Leah Ruppannah
BBC Emotional labour article
The work hours tracking sheet on the Self-Care for Teachers Freebies Library
Books mentioned: “The Wife Drought” by Annabelle Crabb and “Your Money or Your Life” by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
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