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In this episode, I’m joined by Annabelle Knight, Director of Strengths Canvass. Annabelle talks about the importance of putting people and relationships at the centre of education and how deep collaboration can provide multiple solutions for evolving the education system.Annabelle Knight has over 40 years experience in school leadership, pedagogy and wellbeing in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary contexts. Her consulting business, Strengths Canvass, empowers individuals and teams to experience greater wellbeing and higher performance through positive leadership.Annabelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and received a SACS Leadership Award. She has presented at several National and International conferences including the World Thinking Skills Conference and International Symposium for Coaching and Positive Psychology. Annabelle has enjoyed time in Finland, the USA and Reggio Emilia, Italy, studying pedagogy and learning. She is an advocate for using a strengths-based approach in education and sees the potential for it to impact positively on all areas of our lives.Your homework:Find something to teach this week that sets your heart on fire (even if you have to set some of the curriculum aside).Further learning related to this episode/references:Strengths CanvassPersonalizable Education for All Children by Yong Zhao OECD Education Policy Outlook FinlandAllan Pizzey Building - Design Solution AwardReggio Emilia ApproachReggio Emilia AustraliaIntroduction to Appreciative InquiryThe Developmental Relationships FrameworkLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, Janine Meadley, host of the Teacher Healer podcast gives teachers an emergency pep talk.Your homework:Take your powerBe the change.Further learning related to this episode/references:Howard Gardner's Five Minds for the FutureUnited Nations Sustainable Development GoalsGlobal Goals CurriculumNew Pegagogies for Deep LearningYong ZhaoMichael FullanLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I’m joined by Rachael Dubois, actor and drama coach. Rachael shares some of her most powerful moments working with audiences and unpacks the value that drama education can bring to young people and adults alike, including building empathy.Rachael Dubois is an experienced facilitator and teaching artist with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. She is also an actor, theatre practitioner and film maker.Rachael uses the principles of storytelling, improvisation, adaptability and collaboration to help groups work together more creatively and cohesively and find ways to connect their bodies, intellect and imagination within professional and learning contexts.She has a particular fascination with personal story and spent a significant number of years working in Playback Theatre.Your homework:Try playing a drama game in your classroom this week to support students with their physical regulation skills. Knife and fork is a great place to start. Reflect on how their capacity to use non-verbal language and social skills improve with continued practice.Further learning related to this episode/references:What is Playback Theatre?Melbourne Playback TheatreARTS:LIVEThe SongroomBook: Improvisation by Lyn PierseImprov Games for collaborationLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by Megan Corcoran, a teacher who has recently decided to leave the classroom.Megan spent over eleven years teaching and leading in alternative schools for young people who have experienced trauma and/or significant disadvantage. During that time, she worked as a school leader in Australia’s largest alternative school. She studied a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and her teaching practice is trauma-informed and grounded in Wellbeing Science. Megan is also an experienced workshop facilitator, coach and consultant, and co-founder of Teacher's Well, that provides wellbeing communities for teachers and aims to generate teacher-led wellbeing initiatives in schools.Listen to Megan speak about the importance of slow teaching and building deep connections with colleagues. We'll also discuss the challenges that are driving teachers out of the classroom in droves and the solutions for teacher wellbeing that Megan and her colleagues are offering at Teacher's Well.Your homework: Think about: Who do you feel safe talking to about your teaching challenges, and where do you go if/when your school doesn't have a culture that supports honest and vulnerable conversations?Consider: How can you better support your colleagues and create safety for them to share their concerns inside or outside of the workplace?Leadership challenge: Ask your staff what their ideal role would look like and make it happen.Further learning related to this episode/references:Megan Corcoran's websiteTeacher's WellThe Teacher's Well compass of valuesWhat is positive psychology?Trauma-informed school practicesUsing the science of wellbeing to encourage flourishing learning environmentsCheck out Episode 11 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by Lael Stone.Lael is an educator, TEDx speaker, author, mother, and parenting counselor. She is also the co-creator of Woodline Primary School, an innovative new school based on emotional wellbeing and connection. Lael is the co-host of The Aware Parenting Podcast and a sought-after public speaker who talks candidly about her experiences and her great passion; creating wellness in families through connection and communication.Listen to me speak with Lael about her journey with Woodline Primary School and her dream for an education system that prioritises emotional wellbeing for teachers and students.Your homework: Think about what opportunities you have in your current environment that would allow you to prioritise connection and emotional expression. If you feel you have these opportunities, what can you try now? If you don't, what might you be able to influence in your environment to create space for this?Explore some of the resources below to learn more about trauma-informed practice or emotional expression.Further learning related to this episode/references:Lael Stone's websiteWoodline Primary SchoolHow To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children | Lael Stone | TEDxDocklandsThe Aware Parenting PodcastAbout Birth - online childbirth education classesAbout trauma-informed practiceThe Wisdom of Trauma documentary featuring Dr Gabor MatéHow to Release Emotions Stuck in Your BodyPunished by Rewards - book by Alfie KohnUnconditional Parenting - book by Alfie KohnIsland - book by Aldous HuxleyCheck out Episode 10 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Janine, host of the Teacher Healer podcast, talks about her recent experiences with breathwork and cold therapy and how these regulate the autonomic nervous system and could be used to improve the way we create a new normal post-pandemic. Your homework: How could you use cold therapy and breathwork to come back into your parasympathetic nervous system, and how could you support the children in your life to do the same?Further learning related to this episode/references:Wim Hof OfficialGood Lab - The Wim Hof MethodFight Flight Freeze ResponseParasympathetic Nervous SystemBox BreathingWhat is Yoga Nidra?Cool 2Be ConsciousPodcast: Why We’ll Never Be the Same Again (and Why It’s Time to Talk About It)Check out Episode 9 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I’m joined by Amanda Freeman, Energy Coach and Facilitator. Amanda speaks about how her experience with disability and adult education taught her the value in supporting individual needs in learning environments. She also talks about the power of reiki as a tool for healing for kids as well as adults.Amanda helps purpose-driven well-being professionals and therapists develop both the confidence and the go-forward plan to reach their most cherished life and career goals. In safe, sacred space they conquer fears, clear energy blocks, and develop sky-high confidence in order to make powerful, intuitive life and career decisions.An adult educator, experienced Reiki Master and parent of teenagers, Amanda understands how important it is to cater for diverse learner needs and meet people where they are at.Your homework:Consider how you might better support your students or children with their diverse needs in ways that make them feel seen, but not stand out.Look for opportunities to ask your students, colleagues or family members about their needs and really listen to their responses.Further learning related to this episode/references:Amanda Freeman.com.auFree resources from AmandaJoin Amanda on FacebookJoin Amanda on InstagramWhat is reiki?Reiki AustraliaCheck out Episode 8 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by Margaret Thorsborne, OAM. Margaret speaks about the power of Restorative Practices to heal trauma and relationships - far beyond a check-box exercise.Margaret was a pioneer of Restorative Practices and played an important role in introducing it into schools, first in Australia and New Zealand in the 90’s, and later in the UK. She has since trained conference facilitators and schools in education, community, police and justice sectors across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Britain, the USA and Canada. She remains involved in this important reform in schools working alongside government bodies and agencies across the world as a recognised expert in the field of Restorative Practices in schools and workplaces. Your homework:Think about an unresolved incident you were involved in. How might a restorative approach have supported healing?How could you integrate a restorative approach into your work?What opportunities are there for you to be curious, rather than furious?Further learning related to this episode/references:The healing power of dialogue | Margaret Thorsborne | TEDxDarwinMargaret's books on Restorative PracticesMore about Margaret ThorsborneWhat is restorative practice? NSW GovernmentRestorative Practices InternationalRP for SchoolsThe Compass of ShameJohn Kotter's 8-Step Process for Leading ChangeSocial Ventures Australia, Teaching and Learning ToolkitStress, Trauma, and the Brain: Insights for EducatorsCheck out our Episode 7 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by Francean McCall, director of Functional Education.After a career in Hydrology and Coastal engineering, Francean decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. After qualifying, she taught science at a public college before transitioning into the Steiner Waldorf system. When her life took an unexpected turn, Francean needed to find ways to continue her passion for teaching - outside of the traditional classroom environment. She now spends her days reimagining education and co-creating learning experiences filled with wonder and connection. Your homework:How could you approach routine and flexibility in your classroom to better suit the needs of your students?Consider further: What alternative streaming opportunities might be possible to better meet the varied needs and learning styles of your students.Further learning related to this episode/references:Functional EducationAbout Steiner Waldorf EducationEmbracing cultural narrativesKaupapa Māori educationThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeUnderstanding the Three Levels of AutismTeaching Strategies for Asperger SyndromeCheck out our Episode 6 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I’m joined by Julie S Hasson, author, educator, story collector and speaker. Julie speaks about how we remember our teachers, the importance of building strong relationships with students and how to care for our own safety as teachers.Dr Julie Schmidt Hasson is a professor in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. She is a former teacher and school principal. Julie’s research on the impact of a teacher is the topic of a TEDx talk and is the focus of her engaging professional development programs. She founded the Chalk and Chances project, a vehicle for elevating and celebrating teachers, in 2017. Her latest book, Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom, was released in November 2021.Your homework: Notice any bids for connection that are coming from the people around you and watch how you are responding to these?How can you make more effort to lean into bids for connection?Further learning related to this episode/references:Acorn story - Chalk and ChancesShare your story - Chalk and ChancesTurning Toward Our Children: Answering Bids for ConnectionMore from the Gottman InstituteJulie's TEDx Talk: The Teachers we RememberSafe, Seen, and Stretched in the ClassroomCheck out our Episode 5 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by my friend and colleague, Jarryd Bendall. Jarryd speaks about teachable moments, the systemic challenges for teachers and creative the possibilities for education. Jarryd is a primary teacher and education writer with a dark and mysterious history in stand up comedy. He loves poetry, writing and illustrating children's picture books and wearing cowboy boots on a daily basis. Your homework: Think about how you can be more generous towards yourself in your practice. What is your measure of success? What makes for a good day or good lesson?Further learning related to this episode/references:The Island by Armin GrederTribes know better how to raise well-adjusted childrenChildren's Rights, SimplifiedDrama for Learning - Dorothy HeathcoteCheck out our Episode 4 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
In this episode, I'm joined by Kylie Lewis, founder of Of Kin. Kylie speaks about why vulnerability is needed in schools.Kylie is a leadership developer and climate reality leader specialising in building brave leaders and courage cultures. She is a certified facilitator of Dr Brené Brown’s work on courage, vulnerability, shame and resilience (The Daring Way™, Rising Strong™ & Dare To Lead™), a Conversational Intelligence practitioner and a systemic team coach. Her vision is to build capacity for brave conversations in boardrooms, classrooms and loungerooms across Australia. Your homework: Consider: What is your call to courage? Think about how you can demonstrate more compassion for yourself in your work (and life). How can you treat yourself the way you might treat a close friend when acting with compassion?Further learning related to this episode/references:Dare to Lead public workshop with Kylie LewisBrené Brown's work The man in the arenaDaring ClassroomsSelf-compassion - Kristen NeffRewarded Vulnerability - Timothy Clarke Homeward BoundThe Paris AgreementCheck out our Episode 3 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Janine, host of the Teacher Healer podcast, responds to a letter from a listener.Janine shares some stories from her school years as a student and as a teacher. She delves into how young people behave, how adults respond to them, school lunches and how judgement and rudeness are driven by unconsciousness.Your homework: Observe your reactions and judgements. What happened? What were your thoughts and feelings? How did you react or behave? How could you have done better?Further learning related to this episode/references:The Teen Brain: 7 Things to KnowMaya Angelou QuoteTeenagers’ experiences of discrimination (March 2021)Check out our Episode 2 Pinterest boardJanine Meadley is an education professional with over 15 years in the field. She has worked as a classroom teacher, educational leadership consultant, education policy advisor and education designer. She has experienced corporate, government and not-for profit environments and supported kids aged 4-19 to learn and grow.Learn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Learn about the Teacher Healer podcast and host, Janine Meadley.In this episode, I talk about why our world and education system needs healing. I go back through history to explore how Australia has inherited some habits that need healing and muse on the purpose of compulsory school education.Your homework: Think about what’s going well in education and what the ingredients for real success might be. Why would you continue to send kids to school?Further learning related to this episode/references:Do Schools Kill Creativity - Dr Ken RobinsonRSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms - Dr Ken RobinsonThe Conversation: History repeating: the surprising link between toxic masculinity and Australia’s convict pastThe Global Goals for Sustainable DevelopmentUNESCO - Our Vision: Transforming Education for HumanityCheck out our Episode 1 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=SB5F4EX9DJDA6)
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