Newsletter, September 2020

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If it’s Thursday, it’s about Well-Being!

We remember with great joy those summer days when we discussed with opinion leaders, educational experts, teachers and students about the importance of Teachers’ Well-Being, within the series of events entitled “Summer Talks”. We recharged our emotional batteries with lots of positive energy for the beginning of such a different kind of new school year. 

The great interest and involvement of our followers honors us; 90K views, thousands of likes, comments and shares motivate us to carry on with new events that address the theme of teachers’ well-being.

Emotion Management at the Beginning of a New School Year 

Throughout September, we will continue with a series of short, live events on Facebook in order to share with members of our community techniques and practical exercises that help reduce the daily stress and provide tools for a better management of emotions before the beginning of the new school year.

The techniques presented by Simona Baciu, Founder of the program Happy Teachers for Romania are detailed within our online training sessions .

The discussions will be moderated by Gabriela Secoșan, Director of our training program, who will read the participants’ questions live.

The Online Training „Teachers’ Well-Being. A Conscious Journey”

On October 5, we will start working as a team with the fourth generation of teachers enrolled in online training, „Teachers’ Well-Being. A Conscious Journey”. The course focuses on the importance of teachers’ well-being, emotional and physical health, including 5 live sessions, individual guided study on a digital platform and meetings within the Reflection Groups. The aim of the program is to offer teachers innovative courses based on research in the field of neuroscience on the practices of mindfulness, resilience and well-being.

For enrollment and for further information, please click here.

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Newsletter, August 2020

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Summer is full of emotions; joy of having learned and achieved new things, fear or worries related to the beginning of the new school year, hope that no matter what comes next, with a touch of courage we will be able to get over it, gratitude because we still have time to adjust to whatever may await us in fall and last but not least, love and caring for our children.

Insecurity can block us, but if we plan with the idea of adaptability ahead, with confidence in our strengths and those of our students, I’m hopeful that we will be surprised with positive results.

From the desire to be connected,

and to create an authentic community of courageous teachers:

  • We concluded the campaign ,,5 minutes a day for you”.  During the summer, we invited teachers to participate in our campaign and to allocate 5 minutes each day for a state of well-being, to be physically and emotionally prepared for the new school year.  Exercises for well-being are already known for their short duration and long-term effects. They can change the way we think, make us more optimistic, thus the brain can be trained to see the positive aspects of life faster. Our suggestion of spending 5 minutes a day with practical exercises can teach you to reconnect gently and kindly to yourself.
  • We continued the discussions with numerous opinion leaders in education and not only, about the importance of the well-being of teachers, within the series of events „Summer Talks”. The events are hosted by Simona Baciu, founder of the program Happy Teachers for Romania and are moderated by Gabriela Secoșan, director of our training program.
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Newsletter, July 2020

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It is said that we learn from our mistakes. Although most of us agree with this expression, when we are put in such a situation, it is not so easy to trust it. It can become challenging when we or those around us make a mistake not to judge, but to invite reflection, analysis, and conclusions about how we can improve.

We have a tradition in our team. After each event, we discuss and divide the feedback into two categories: “What was good” and “What can we improve”. We were thrilled with the notion of improvement that replaced the word mistake, but we realised that we were wasting the value of the experience, ignoring it or quickly passing over half of it. That half was “What was good.”

As we learn from mistakes, we can go one step further and we can learn from success. What went wrong? Why did work well? How can I replicate or continue? Maybe some of you are already taking this important step. Maybe others didn’t even think about it. Why is it so difficult to learn from success? Because we need to become aware of them and be grateful for our work.

We had the joy of celebrating success with those from the community of Merito Bucovina (part of Proiectul Merito)

Together with Susan Shapiro and Simona Baciu, we talked to “Explain Everything” community about the emotional resilience that teachers have shown in these challenging months at Celebrating the success of remote teaching. | Explain Everything

We had the honour of being invited to ATEE Suceava where we had the opportunity to emphasize the importance of teachers’ well-being and the need to start well-built programs to truly support teachers.

What do we do next?

Upcoming events:

  • The first month of summer brought us a reason for gratitude due to the completion of the course “A Conscious Journey Toward Well-being”, a program that commences with a new series of training sessions, starting with the new academic year, on September 1st. Subscriptions will be announced here.
  • We are launching the series of Summer Talks starting with a discussion with Simona Baciu and Susan Shapiro, moderated by Gabriela Secoșan. 
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Newsletter, June 2020

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Celebrating Success!

Today we celebrate the end of yet another school year; a school year different from anything we’ve known so far.

If someone had told us in the fall that we would be teaching all the courses online by the end of the year, we wouldn’t have thought it was possible. We faced many challenges while we tried to adapt. We learned a lot of new things, maybe even from our students, but eventually, we succeeded. We succeeded because we did not let ourselves be defeated, and for us, the teachers, it is a priority to be with our students. Thanks to these beliefs and our resilience, we succeeded.

Congratulations! Congratulations for every success, be it small or big, for every child who stayed connected with the school, for every solution found and for every challenge you faced with a lot of courage.

In this different year our message about the importance of caring for teachers has reached over 3,000 people.

We have successfully completed a Mindful Journey Toward Well-Being, together with 75 teachers who have invested every week of their time to rediscover themselves and bring to the surface all their qualities that will help them continue to teach with kindness and empathy.

What shall we do next? 

One thing is certain. We will not stop strongly believing in teachers and in their ability to be authentic role models for every student.

Upcoming events:

On Monday, June 15, we shall see you online on Zoom and live on Facebook, for the official booklaunch of “The Teacher Within” at Carturești. The Teacher Within, invites us on a 100 days journey of introspection, while readers learns each day something new about themselves, discover their core values, their power to overcome challenges and the state of well-being that fuels their motivation to go on with enthusiasm day by day. When us, adults, live in a state of well-being, this is reflected on everything we, having a major impact upon all our relationships.

We will launch the summer campaign 5 minutes a day for you, where we will invite teachers to allocate only 5 minutes each day to their well-being.  

We will meet with teachers from all over the world on the webinar Celebrating success of remote learning where we will talk about the book and will launch the international training program.  

At the end of August we will relaunch the online training A Mindful Journey Toward Well-Being. Follow the FB page Profesori Fericiți pentru România to be up to date with all our events.  

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Newsletter, May 2020

by ttworg

Under these new, different circumstances, teachers make great efforts, work with enthusiasm and dedication, trying to reach out to the hearts and minds of their students in a completely different way. Our thoughts go out to all the teachers who are trying to adapt to a new style of teaching. This may be uncomfortable, it implies new types of lessons and new procedures.

The world around us has changed and so did your relationship with your students and their parents. Many of you have made giant steps and responded successfully to the new challenges. 

Right from the beginning of the Happy Teachers for Romania program, our aim was to share efficient techniques and methods that can reduce teachers’ stress. Teachers, alongside medical doctors and nurses, are within the most vulnerable professional categories in face of stress which has even increased during these challenging times. You have been expected to move your classes and carefully designed lesson plans online, overnight.

Expectations have not dropped, however, the terms of the equation have changed radically. You may be overwhelmed by online materials and platforms, by solutions that are more or less easy to use and by the expectation that everything can be done with a little will power.

This is also a good time to show ourselves, our students, and their parents, kindness, despite social or institutional pressure. We all need to adapt, and teachers are no strangers to challenges. Society’s expectation of us is high. But how are your expectations?

We invite you to an awareness exercise. Write on a piece of paper all your concerns regarding teaching during this time. You may have concerns about losing the teacher-student connection, fears that some children may not do the work, etc. After writing them down, look at them with kindness. What are the expectations behind these worries? What can you give up so that both you and your students can benefit from a more gentle transition?

This is a period of solidarity. Ask for help whenever you feel overwhelmed. We wholeheartedly offer you our help as well. We want to be an authentic and reliable support for you during this period and also, to come up with solutions for emotional support and stress reduction. Together we will find solutions to navigate with confidence so as to keep our hope and optimism. We continue to learn while teaching differently.

In the meantime, don’t forget to think of yourselves with care and kindness. What did you want to do and never had time for? We can explore together techniques to find peace and harmony, learn to reconnect to our breath, to meditate, or to reflect while being grateful for what we have.

We know that everyone’s time is precious. We appreciate your desire to explore together techniques and methods that will help us live in the present moment and look with confidence and courage towards the future.

Online Trainings:

Let’s Talk about us During Uncertain Times – 23rd March 2020

Dear teachers, we invite you to an online training session about US, to connect, and to offer support where needed. We continue to learn. Monday we will discuss about 3 techniques that help us become aware of our thoughts and emotions during these challenging times.

Let’s Talk about us During Uncertain Times – 30th March 2020

Dear teachers, we invite you to a new online training session, where we will talk about US and share good practices for well-being. On Monday we will discuss ways to recognize our emotions, and empower those that can be helpful to us during these uncertain times. 

A Meeting to Reconnect– 2nd April 2020 

We wish to reconnect within an online session.

During this meeting, we would like to reconnect, share our thoughts and emotions, and revisit some of the techniques we’ve learned, and to discover how we can use them during these uncertain times. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Let’s Talk about us During Uncertain Times – 6th April 2020

Dear teachers, on Monday we will meet again to discuss about US during these uncertain times.

We will talk about our thoughts and emotions from last week, we will learn how to measure our stress temperature at any time of the day and how to create a Different Kind of Week. 

Super Teach Webinar – Simona Baciu – 23rd April 2020

We invite you to the Happy Teachers SuperTeach webinar, a meeting where we talk about US, we connect and offer support where needed. We continue to learn. We will share advice and good practices to better manage our stress during these uncertain times. Throughout this session, we will explore together 5 strategies that can help you regain your energy and make the first steps toward well-being.

Upcoming Training:

NEW! Online Training – A Mindful Journey Towards Well-Being.

5 online training sessions to reduce stress and build emotional resilience. The program is designed as a very practical, easy-to-follow guide that leads to the development of emotional support strategies to reduce stress, building the individual potential of each participant to be able to teach with enthusiasm and motivation. As a result, the teacher’s well-being will improve, which will be reflected in the students’ academic behavior and results. The structure of the program consists of a 5 hours long theoretical part and a practical one, for the implementation of the concepts and methods presented in the course, equivalent to 10 hours of practice.

At the end of the program, participants will receive graduation certificates. 

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