How to create a supportive school staff room for overwhelmed and stressed teachers
In this blog post I reflect on my own experiences working in a primary school, and what I would love teachers to know.
As a child therapist I felt immediately out of place in my role at a local primary school. However, every day I reminded myself of 3 things:
- Why I do the work that I do - to support the children who need therapy
- Why I am good at what I do - the 3 things that make me unique and of value to the team
- How I can continue to improve my skills by learning from this environment
When I think back on my experience amongst a team of teachers, I feel like I learnt more from the teachers and the students, than what the teachers and student learnt from me.
Here it was I learnt:
- Students just want someone to connect with them on a daily basis
- Teachers feel pulled in 20 different directions - curriculum, parents, data collection, student well-being, etc. etc. etc.
- Some teachers often feel like having a therapist in their classroom is a judgment of their teaching - this could not be further from the truth
- Students aren't worried about the perfection of your classroom decor, or the perfectly laminated worksheets. Students just want to play with you, connect with you, and learn from you
The other observation that I often experienced was exceptional and highly talented teachers felt under pressure from not only the curriculum and their leadership team, but most of their pressure came from the high expectations that they placed on themselves.
I noticed a number of teachers weren't aware of just how magical and amazing they were. They were so filled with self-doubt that they placed unreasonable pressure on to their workload, instead of reflecting on the small wins that they were making each and every day.
So to give back to the amazing teachers that I have been blessed to work with, I created these free empowering staff room printables to boost morale in your team, and to make you all realise how magical you are.