The Tes reports that teacher wellbeing can be created and nurtured by coaching, if given time and attention, empowering teachers to reflect and leading to sustainable change
Teacher A has been dealing with marital issues, while Teacher B has recently lost one of their parents. At the same time, Teacher C has been having a difficult time with their children’s school and Teacher D is struggling with colleagues in their department.
You may think such a large number of issues in a school in a short space of time unusual, but the truth is that, at different times, we all have different problems and issues varying in seriousness and intensity. We are all doing our best to deal with them outside the school walls, temporarily leaving our baggage behind and tackling school days with professionalism and dedication.
Unfortunately, school pressures and demands add and often replace our overflowing personal lists and we can easily end up in a vicious circle of guilt, doubts and frustration.
A wellbeing focus
How do we find a way through?
I think one of the key tools we have is coaching. It helps to create and nurture the wellbeing culture. It doesn’t provide quick-fix temporary solutions, but can lead to sustainable change if given time and due attention.
Coaching sessions are unique to each person and situation. The coachee sets the agenda for each session and determines what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve it. As a result, the coachee is empowered to take control and ownership of their situation and develop a different mindset of tackling the root of their particular problem, looking at it from a different perspective and choosing options and solutions that they will be committed to pursuing, hence establishing new patterns of behaviour as a result.
A coaching relationship is powerful and both parties benefit greatly from it. It enables coaches to connect with their colleagues in a more meaningful, deeper way and makes the coachee feel that they are valued, listened to and supported, which are essential wellbeing prerequisites.
So how do you go about establishing coaching for wellbeing at school?
Read more to found out how. ‘Too often teachers end up in a vicious circle of guilt, doubts and frustration’
Have you felt like you can’t cope with teaching and your personal life together? Would wellbeing coaching be helpful in your school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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