SURVIVE - A Blueprint for Beginning Teachers

Daniela Falecki
The "Keep-it-Real" Teacher
Teaching is toughest in the first five years. Learn simple strategies so beginning teachers can manage the challenges and thrive.
Target Audience
Beginning teachers - those who have been teaching less than 5 years and want to build better work-life balance
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Teaching is toughest in the first five years. This workshop explores SURVIVE as an acronym with strategies to help beginning teachers strengthen their wellbeing at work.

S – Self-knowledge – Explore what you already know about teaching

U – Understand your school – Know your schools’ policies, processes and how to access updates

R – Relationships – Working with mentors and sharing with colleagues

V – Values – Know your ‘why’, identify what makes a great teacher

I – Insight – Reflection is key to growing and learning. Reflect on how you spend your time and energy

V- Validation – Tame the self-critic with self-validation. Reflect on strengths and share successes

E – Emotions – Teaching is an emotional vocation, learn to fill your own cup

Sessions

1. My values, and why I’m here

When speaking to beginning teachers they often describe themselves as ‘surviving’. If this is you, you went to university, read the books, wrote the essays and now you are trying to put it all into practice, yet it’s not quite what you expected. You race around all day at school only to come home and busily prep for the next day – It seems endless. In this session, we take a step back to review what is weighing you down and how to remain buoyant.

2. My support networks
Working in teams with colleagues can be inspiring and draining all at the same time. With different generations of teachers come different perspectives. Knowing the dynamics of group functioning and personality styles can help move challenging conversations into collaborative communities. By understanding shared strengths and expectations we are better able to set our own boundaries, work to our strengths and focus on improving our own professional practice.

3. Self-care basics

Planning creative and engaging lessons is one thing but being able to manage the complexities within in a classroom is another. We must have basic strategies to manage our self before we learn and grow in our professional practice. In this session, we explore how we can be brave to set stretch goals with a scaffolded approach to how we plan to achieve them.

Audience

Beginning teachers – those who have been teaching less than 5 years and want to build better work-life balance

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

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Teaching Standards
6.2.2 Proficient Level – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3.2 Proficient Level – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 & 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Sessions

My support networks

2 hours

Working in teams with colleagues can be inspiring and draining all at the same time. With different generations of teachers come different perspectives. Knowing the dynamics of group functioning and personality styles can help move challenging conversations into collaborative communities. By understanding shared strengths and expectations we are better able to set our own boundaries, work to our strengths and focus on improving our own professional practice.

My values, and why I’m here

2 hours


When speaking to beginning teachers they often describe themselves as ‘surviving’. If this is you, you went to university, read the books, wrote the essays and now you are trying to put it all into practice, yet it’s not quite what you expected. You race around all day at school only to come home and busily prep for the next day – It seems endless. In this session, we take a step back to review what is weighing you down and how to remain buoyant.

Self-care basics

1 hour

Planning creative and engaging lessons is one thing but being able to manage the complexities within in a classroom is another. We must have basic strategies to manage our self before we learn and grow in our professional practice. In this session, we explore how we can be brave to set stretch goals with a scaffolded approach to how we plan to achieve them.

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About the team


Daniela Falecki

Creator

Daniela Falecki is known as the “keep-it-real” teacher who specialises in Positive Psychology. Her passionate and practical approach makes her a sought after speaker in schools because she knows the reality of schools. Sharing stories from her 25 years of experience in schools, her insights are practical, realistic and evidence based. Daniela also lectures at Western Sydney University, has been a Senior Associate for Dr Suzy Green & the Positivity Institute. Daniela has been the NSW Manager for the Outdoor Education Group, program developer for International College of Wellness Coaches and is a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation). She has completed a Masters in Education (Leadership), a Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education), a Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education, a Life Coaching Certificate (Life Coaching Academy) is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner, licensed Mental Toughness user and was voted Lecturer of the Year 2014 at Western Sydney University.