I have been thinking a lot about mental health over the past eight or so months. Students, colleagues, friends, family–there are no people in our lives left untouched by stressors on the heart and mind, and yet mental health remains such a difficult topic to discuss. Its difficulty has only been compounded by the physical and digital distance now between us, making connection that much more elusive but also that much more crucial. Now more than ever, we need to know others and we need to know ourselves.
With that in mind, I created this online learning planner to help me think about how I can work with students to build this self knowledge and empathy, even from a distance. If we de-stigmatize the topic of mental health and teach ourselves how to talk about feelings, learn about how to recover from difficulty, and care about those who are struggling, everybody benefits. Our joyful community is also an empathetic community, and we need our students to know that sometimes it is ok to not be ok.
I’m really excited about the opportunities that will come from the new Complementary Counseling Model in the high school and all of the living and learning this year will bring. It won’t be perfect, but it can still be wonderful.
Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.
- Decide on your goal, perhaps in consultation with your colleagues or principal, and create a post to share with this online professional learning community that you are now a part of! Categorise this post in Goal Setting. Set your goal by considering:
- Self-assessment and reflection based on new teacher standards (Tripod 7Cs)
- Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
- Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
- Identify colleagues, coaches, principals etc. that will play a supporting role in achieving your goal, and invite them to view and comment on your post. Encourage them to bookmark your blog and visit regularly.
- Throughout the year, collect and share evidence to support your progress. Categorise these posts in Reflection.
- Encourage your colleagues to share your learning journey by engaging with your blog. In return, engage with their blog (and others across the School)
- You may also like to share work that your students have created or your own professional achievements that may not be directly related to your goal setting. This is encouraged! Categorise these posts as Showcase.
If you need support using this platform, please don’t hesitate to contact Ed Tech, we are always happy to be of assistance!