This series of short videos from CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field illustrates how mindfulness can enhance the overall well being of students and teachers.
Watch WFSB’s report from last night, and tune in tonight and Wednesday at 11 p.m. for more special reports on how students and teachers are handling the transition to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers are reaching students in creative ways during these difficult times and doing all they can for them. As cities and towns consider school budgets for next school year, teachers must be part of the conversation.
These uncertain times are causing anxiety and stress. Wind down with weekly CEA Mindful Moments videos brought to you by CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field, who shares uplifting stories and activities that can enhance your well-being.
Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique for raising moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts and feelings. During these challenging times, teachers share that they are feeling frustrated, exhausted, stressed, overwhelmed, tired, anxious, and unsure about the future.
“Many teachers are trying to figure out distance learning and how to make it work for all learners,” says Field. “You may be juggling teaching and parenting responsibilities at the same time, and you may be grieving a life you miss and wondering if and when things will return to normal.”
While encouraging teachers to validate their feelings and concerns, she also notes that we are all “architects of our own thinking” and that it is possible to create new pathways of thought by choosing what types of thinking to prune and what to foster.
“Purposeful and repetitive actions to rewire your brain can take as little as ten minutes a day,” she says. Get started by watching the video above.
This is a stressful and scary time, which makes it all the more important to celebrate the bright spots—and Thursday night was one for East Granby teachers.
After a four-hour special Zoom town meeting, residents voted to uphold the East Granby Education Association contract 181-21.
“It was one of the high points of my 25 years teaching in this town,” says local president Kevin Iapichino-Dorr. “So many residents spoke up in support of teachers. It was the voice of East Granby saying that in this town, we’re really valued.” Read more