2nd March 2018
TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network, knows that you value debate with colleagues and benefit from the sharing of ideas. We continue our ‘Let’s talk about …’ series in 2017/18 with the intention of moving forward together towards more consistent (and effective) practice. These debates are intended for those involved in teacher education in HEIs, schools and all other organisations involved in teacher education.
You can join the event in person or by way of a Skype link. Further details below.
This event is relevant to early, middle and advanced career teacher educators in organisations, schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions.
Why it’s a good idea to talk about this: The number of teaching staff (in addition to child, adolescent and adult learners) experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges continues to rise. It has become essential for organisations, and individuals within these organisations, to support mental health and wellbeing thus ensuring that learners do not experience a barrier to education achievement or employment.
Learners with mental health and wellbeing challenges are not exclusive to a particular education sector. The fact is, we are all personally vulnerable to the impact of mental health and wellbeing challenges within learning and teaching contexts. There are strategies that learning and teaching practitioners could employ as part of quality learning and teaching. These strategies would also assist with the management of learner mental health and wellbeing challenges – yet there is a tendency to ignore such strategies as a possible contribution to a solutions-based approach. In such cases we defer to clinical advice and direction (which may take some time), but cause much surprise when eventually advised by clinicians to consider a learning and teaching strategy which could have been implemented much earlier. Teacher Educators often ignore their own (and colleagues’) mental health and wellbeing. Presenteeism is more common that we believe within education workplace settings.
This debate asks:
- How might colleagues become empowered to implement learning and teaching strategies that would form part of an intraprofessional approach with specialists and others.
- How might teacher educators become aware of early warning signs of mental health and wellbeing issues of self and colleagues?
- How might a Community of Practice (CoP) become part of a solutions-based approach for both Teacher Educators and Learners?