The idea is, in a nutshell, that ignoring emotions in teaching can lead to misalignment, ineffectiveness, and burnout.
Teaching is emotional. And it is dependent on relationships. When emotions are too big and relationships become too exhausting, teachers burn out. Teacher burnout is bad for the teacher and bad for the profession.
Teaching through Emotions interrupts the slide toward burnout.
The idea is this: emotions are data. They are incredibly accurate indicators of what is happening in relationships. Paying attention to emotional and relational data and knowing what to do with them can change a teacher’s (and student’s) life.
The idea is also this: Teachers need encouragement and support in gathering and using emotional and relational data. They shouldn’t have to do it alone. Teachers – all caregivers – need to be cared for themselves. Teaching through Emotions provides this care and guides teachers through the emotion work that can lead not just to miraculous shifts in the classroom but also to lasting emotional relief.
How does Teaching through Emotions work? First, I am available to give formal and informal talks and presentations on Teaching through Emotions. There is much to say on the topic, and an introductory talk can help warm a faculty to the work. To discuss your particular needs, click here.
I am happy to talk about emotional, relational, and organizational issues unique to your classroom or school. To get a sense of how the Teaching through Emotions approach might help, contact me.
Workshops introduce the concepts that help teachers make sense of their emotional and relational experiences in the classroom. Some of these concepts are Fitting Together, Teachers as Developmental Partners, Defusing Power Struggles, and the Holding Environment. I am happy to custom-design additional workshops to fit your particular school situation.
In individual or group meetings, teachers get to talk confidentially about anything and everything: the student who drives them crazy, their colleague who intimidates them, the pressure to cover content, the impossibility of classroom management, the out-of-control parent. By talking about what is hardest about their jobs, teachers
- speak the truth
- receive empathy and validation
- explore the troubling situation
- make guesses about the dynamics
- plan a possible solution
- strengthen collegial bonds
- feel seen, heard, and appreciated
In addition to offering individual and group support myself, I train teachers to organize and run their own Teacher Support Groups wherever they are. The more caring, effective support teachers can get the better.
Does any of this sound good? Contact me. I can help.