Why do I focus on supporting the mental health needs of teachers in metro Detroit? Well, primarily, I believe that being emotionally healthy, and understanding our own inter/intra-personal strengths and challenges is necessary for our happiness and continued growth as human beings. Teachers have chosen a career that is 95% give and only 5% take (if even that). There is an uncertainty and instability in the field of education these days, with plenty of large districts experiencing financial crisis’s that have led to teaching shortages, pay cuts, layoffs and sparse resources. Despite these conditions, new teachers continue to step into classrooms, lesson plans are written and learnin’ goes on. My role is to provide a space for educators to focus on an aspect of their career they can directly control; personal development that impacts their ability to connect with and inspire their students. For a school administrator to hire a teacher coach, it conveys to their staff…I want to support you as an educator, and as a person. It says, I want to see you grow holistically, and become a more engaged educator for our students, a more active citizen for our community, and a more resilient individual.
Today I’d like to share some of the reading materials I recommend often to new teachers I’m coaching. Included in my suggestions are books to assist the TEACHER, not to assist in the teaching OF mental health awareness to students. I like these books because they are practical and include proactive measures.
In the interest of diversifying my support materials, I’ve gotten into podcasts and other similar audio talks. I am much more of an auditory learner and love that I can listen to these in the car, or while cooking dinner etc. Now, I find it difficult to find podcasts specifically geared towards educators and improving emotional awareness…so leave a comment with your favorites!
My targeted approach to teacher coaching includes a deeper look into the multiple metaphorical hats teachers play and all of the unseen stressors they face each day – together we’re building teacher self-efficacy!