TWP S06 E01 | Notes to first-year-teacher self: Six educators share their teacher wellbeing wisdom

Season 5 Teacher Wellbeing Podcast SM Episode 11

TWP S05 E11: Teacher Stories | Jessica from Lead and Inspire

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In this episode I have a brilliant conversation with fellow teacher wellbeing enthusiast, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica shares her story with us and it’s one I think you’ll relate to. She tells us about her experiences as a preservice and early career teacher and how she fell into the trap that so many of us fall into, which is living and breathing the job and letting work take over life as well.

It’s obvious she’s done a lot of self-reflection and can see how some of her patterns were contributing to that. Jessica shares with us in this episode how being so driven to achieve and succeed, while on the surface is a great trait, ended up undermining her health and wellbeing as a person because Jessica the teacher became the sole focus.

We also discuss how her partner Ben helped her find more work-life balance, and what led her to creating the Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica also shares some brilliant tips to help you thrive in the classroom and in life.

You can find Jessica at follow her on Facebook and Instagram @leadandinspirecommunity

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Season 5 Teacher Wellbeing Podcast SM Episode 10

TWP S05 E10: There are no quick fixes AND you are not broken

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I’m deliberately doing this episode directly after Gabbie’s 2 part episodes (listen to part 1 and part 2) because I know they may have stirred up a lot for some of you.

The content of Gabbie’s book Teacher and the content of our conversation, while really important, also touches on some real sore points for teachers. I know because you tell me and I know because they’re sore points for me too. So I want to say right up front that this episode is as much a note to self as it is a message to you.

I hope that this episode it brings you as much comfort as it did to me in writing it and putting it together.

Season 5 Teacher Wellbeing Podcast SM Episode 9

TWP S05 E09: Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (Part 2)

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I think this week’s episode is an absolute must-listen for any teacher today. It’s Part 2 of my conversation with Gabbie Stroud, author of the best-selling book ‘Teacher’, and if you haven’t yet, I do recommend you go and listen to Part 1 of this interview which is the previous episode on the podcast.

In that episode Gabbie told us a bit about her story, we talked about the expectations on teachers and the state of education in 2019 and the visible and invisible work of the job. Plus Gabbie told us how writing the book was cathartic for her and she shared some of her recovery process too.

In Part 2, we talk about the ‘soldier on’ culture in our schools and why that’s so dangerous, and how important but also how difficult real rest is. Gabbie also shares very honestly her grief over leaving teaching and the struggles that she’s had since then, plus we have what I think is possibly the most important conversation of the year when it comes to teacher health and wellbeing and burnout, which is around financial security.

It’s something that I just don’t think is discussed enough and I’m so so grateful for the absolute honesty that Gabbie displays here. We discuss how when you’re at your wits end and physically and emotionally burnt out, you aren’t always in a great state to be making wise decisions, and while quitting your teaching job may seem to be the thing you should do because it’s causing so much stress, it actually be taking you out of the frying pan and into the fire.

We also talk about what’s on the horizon for Gabbie, including the book she’s writing called ‘A letter to the parents of Australia’, and what wellbeing looks like for her these days. It’s a really great conversation and I hope you enjoy!

You can find Gabbie on Facebook or Instagram @gabbiestroud and Twitter @gj_stroud

The blog post I mention at the end of this episode can be found here, and you can also check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store here, or the Patreon page here. Thank you all for your continued support!

TWP S05 E08: Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (Part 1)

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I’m so excited to bring you this episode of the podcast with a woman who I’m sure needs no introduction!
Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing The System. Links to the essay went ‘viral’ on social media and the essay was viewed 24 000 times within the first two weeks of publication.

‘Teacher’ is Gabbie’s memoir, expanding on that essay and bringing readers into today’s challenging classrooms.
So in this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast Gabbie shares with us a bit about her story and we talk about her brilliant book, and how it has really lifted the lid on the conversation around education in the Australian media landscape. We talk about the shifts Gabbie has seen in education in the last 20 years, and the shifts in her language and feeling and life that eventually led her to making the decision not to teach anymore in this current system.

We ended up having such a great chat that it went for an hour, so I’ve split it into two parts. You’ll hear the first part of our conversation this week and the second part next week, so stay tuned for that!
You can find Gabbie on Facebook or Instagram @gabbiestroud and Twitter @gj_stroud

TWP S05 E07: The other half of the wellbeing equation

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It is great that schools are providing wellbeing strategies and services to their staff, but they often seem to cover only half of the wellbeing equation.
Positive Psychology + Positive Physiology = Wellbeing

TWP S05 E06: Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 2)

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In this episode you will hear Part 2 of my interview with Elise. If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to Part 1 so that this half to he conversation makes sense! In Part 1 she tells us about some serious health challenges she’s faced, including a really, REALLY important message about vocal care, plus how important a culture of wellbeing is in a school.
So while in Part 1 we talked a lot about school experiences of wellbeing there, the conversation shifts in Part 2 to be about Elise’s personal life and wellbeing, and the self-care practices in place that she supports herself with. It’s so great to hear how she has changed her practices and also her mindset from paying attention to what’s working and what’s not, and being willing to try things to see how they will or won’t support her wellbeing. Elise’s story is also such a great example of how powerful coaching is to help upgrade and improve our wellbeing both in the classroom and in life.
You can also find out about the Mind Management Pilot Program starting in mid July. Read more and book here: