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Teacher Equilibrium: Be Happy and Avoid Burnout (K-12)

Create balance in your classroom. Learn to keep students on track, reduce your stress levels, and be a great teacher.
Instructor:
Kelly Knoche
496 students enrolled
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Understand how students are feeling, so you can be more empathetic
Effectively communicate with students to end needless arguments and keep your classroom on track
Craft your own personal creed which will guide you through your toughest times
Create strategies that will help students keep themselves accountable and take the burden off of you

FROM THE DESK OF MS. KELLY KNOCHE

To: New and stressed current teachers

Dear fellow teachers,

I know what is feels like to put the needs of my students ahead of mine – to do everything I can to make their lives better.

Teachers are constantly told to put the students first. Its the reason we all went into the profession right? I did that and, in the process, forgot about myself. I realized that something was missing and I didn’t feel complete.

Most advice to avoid burnout goes something like this: “Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.”

That advice is usually peppered with: “Make time to cook your lunches, meet with parents and coworkers until 6pm, and prepare at night for your upcoming day.”

This balance of time didn’t make sense to me. The actual time it takes be my best teacher-self didn’t align with the expectations of being a teacher and living a balanced, healthy life.

I had dreamed of someone sharing tools with me that I could use in the 10 minutes of free time I had in between classes that allowed me to reset and recenter.

Teacher Equilibrium is the course I wish I had when I first started.

According to studies, most teachers experience job stress at least two to four times a day, with more than 75% of teachers’ health problems attributed to stress.

Teacher burnout is almost epidemic in the US and is one of the causes of the 17% annual attrition rate amongst educators.

In this course we identify the three primary factors of teacher burnout and give you the tools and techniques you need in order to best manage and overcome them.

Discover your balanced self and find your Teacher Equilibrium.

Each section of this course is broken down into three (3) segments:

  1. Individual: perform on your own in the privacy of your classroom or home
  2. Interactive: help you with interactions with students and coworkers
  3. Integrated: bring your students into the work that you're doing

In addition to these segments we provide a reflection tool which gives you the necessary framework to reflect upon your workday to continuously grow and improve.

These strategies have been created and tested by two educators with 10 years combined teaching experience. Both Kelly and Lance have used these strategies in their classrooms with students successfully, as you’ll see in the course.

You will see firsthand in a live 4th grade classroom how these strategies can be employed and how powerful they can be once implemented.

Teacher Equilibrium includes 51 lectures. Each video is less than three (3) minutes. The videos are easy to watch and are accessible on any computer or smartphone that allows you to go at your own pace. You can start employing the strategies you'll learn here right away.

This course is designed for an educator’s schedule to fit neatly into your busy days.

Also included are lesson plans that you can print out and have with you at all times.

Upon completion of this course and the implementation of these strategies, you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate with students to end needless arguments and keep your classroom on track
  • Understand how students are feeling, so you can be more empathetic
  • Craft your own personal creed which will guide you through your toughest times
  • Create strategies that will help students keep themselves accountable and take the burden off of you


I hope to see you in the discussion boards soon!

Best,

Ms. Knoche


The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

– William James

Introduction to Teacher Equilibrium

1
Welcome to Teacher Equilibrium
2
Get to Know Kelly and Lance
3
Course structure
4
Lance's integration format
5
Exercise: Setting a course intention
6
Section 1 wrap-up

The Equilibrium Framework for Teaching

1
[Introduction] Structure in the classroom
2
[Introduction] Exercise: How to structure your day
3
[Individual] Exercise: Finding your harmony number
4
[Individual] Audio: Guided harmony number meditation
5
[Individual] Exercise wrap-up
6
[Integration] The Harmony Number in Lance's classroom
7
[Integration] LIVE in classroom with students, Harmony Number
8
[Integration] Harmony number wrap-up and story
9
[Interactive] Three powerful, simple words
10
[Interactive] Create your own catchphrase
11
[Interactive] How to use your three simple words
12
[Reflection] Introduction to reflection exercises
13
[Reflection] Section 2 reflection
14
Section 2 wrap-up

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Super Powers

1
[Introduction] Declare your balanced self
2
[Individual] Exercise: Create your own personal creed
3
[Individual] Exercise: Use your creed as fuel
4
[Integration] Creating the classroom creed
5
[Integration] LIVE in classroom with students, the classroom creed
6
[Integration] Putting the creed together
7
[Integration] LIVE in classroom with students, the final creed
8
[Integration] How to use your classroom creed
9
[Interactive] Simple technique to stay balanced during a stressful day
10
[Reflection] Section 3 reflection
11
Section 3 wrap-up

Breaking Down Boundaries Between You and Your Students

1
[Introduction] Getting in Touch With Your Students
2
[Individual] Exercise: Students who need your attention
3
[Individual] Exercise: Simple technique to connect with your students
4
[Individual] Exercise: How to embody your students
5
[Interactive] End needless arguments with and between students
6
[Interactive] Exercise: The conversation framework for completing arguments
7
[Interactive] LIVE in classroom with students, mindful student engagement
8
[Interactive] Setting safe and clear expectations
9
[Integration] Invite your classroom to empathize
10
[Integration] LIVE in classroom, students empathize
11
[Integration] Building trust and understanding
12
[Reflection] Section 4 reflection

Conclusion: Teacher Equilibrium

1
What we covered in Teacher Equilibrium

BONUS: Downloadable Guided Audio Meditations

1
Audio: Harmony Number
2
Audio: Body Awareness
3
Audio: Letting Go of Challenge
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