Hello <<First Name>>
Welcome to the Teaching Space Extra - how is your week going so far? I know it’s only Tuesday, but for many at this time of year, it's an important question. So many teachers I speak to at the moment use words like “manic” and “crazy busy” to describe how they are. Please take care of yourself - remember you need to be functioning well before you help anyone else. We all need this reminder sometimes, don’t we?
This Week’s Podcast
This week’s podcast is light-hearted but hopefully gives you some takeaways to use in your classroom or training room:
The Power of Sticky Notes
All the Books
Whenever anyone gives me a list of reading recommendations or suggestions it feels like a gift. Today, I want to do that for you. Check out the list below (it’s a mix of teaching books and non-teaching books including a fiction option):
Full disclosure: these are affiliate links; any commission I earn from books you purchase goes directly towards the running costs of the podcast - thank you.
Mental Health and Twitter
A popular face in the #EduTwitter sphere, with a large following, tweeted about mental health last week. It was not a good tweet. The tweet was something along the lines of “EduTwitter at its best: teachers sharing resources etc. EduTwitter at its worst: teachers droning on about their #mentalhealth and #wellbeing. Get a grip.” Forgive me, I am paraphrasing because I unfollowed him so I can no longer see the original tweet.
I want to make my position on this clear: teachers need to talk about their mental health and well being. Doing so is not “droning on” and it is not possible for someone struggling with their mental health to simply “get a grip”.
It is exceedingly difficult for teachers to talk openly about their mental health because they are in a position of responsibility. But if you don’t talk about it you cannot get better.
My response to the offending tweet is below:
I want to be clear that The Teaching Space (whether it is the Facebook group or email communication with me or anything vaguely associated with The Teaching Space) is a safe space for those who want to talk about mental health.
Right, that’s all from me today. Have a good week and I will check in with you next Tuesday.