The Teaching Well

The Teaching Well The Teaching Well empowers school systems to more effectively support, retain and leverage the brilliance of their educators. In partnership, we heal adult culture by providing tools for healthy dialogue, emotional regulation and stress resilience.
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The Teaching Well is a non-profit that was started by teachers for teachers. We believe that the health and well being of educators makes a critical difference in school culture, teacher retention, and the lives of students. We are committed to cultivating healthy, resilient educators by providing a variety of experiential, somatic-based workshops and in person offerings for educators, school sites and districts.

Operating as usual

"Self awareness doesn't stop you from making mistakes it allows you to learn from them." -Unknown During this difficult ...
03/21/2021

"Self awareness doesn't stop you from making mistakes it allows you to learn from them." -Unknown During

this difficult time, we are all making mistakes. What are you learning about yourself in the process?

#learning #selfawareness #wecandohardthings #mistakesareforlearning #leadbyexample

"Listen. Put on morning. Waken into falling light." -W.S. Graham
03/19/2021

"Listen. Put on morning.
Waken into falling light."
-W.S. Graham

What is Mindfulness? A state of awareness and a practiceIt involves attending to the present moment andcultivating an at...
03/17/2021

What is Mindfulness?

A state of awareness and a practice

It involves attending to the present moment and
cultivating an attitude of curiosity, openness and
acceptance of one’s experience.

It involves presence, and intentionality

It is a secular (non-religious) practice and is backed by
compelling scientific evidence.

#teacherwellbeing #healthyworkplace #mindfulmentoring #tapthewellwithin #educatorwellbeing #mindfulnesspractice #teacherinspiration #fillyourwell #radicalacceptance #somaticexperiencing #regulate4resilience

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Why do we practice Mindfulness as Educators? It decreases stress levels, symptoms of anxiety and depression. It increase...
03/15/2021

Why do we practice Mindfulness as Educators?

It decreases stress levels, symptoms of anxiety and depression. It increases emotional well-being and self compassion; lowers propensity for self harm
It also promotes healthier responses to difficult
situations including reduction of Implicit bias and increases our compassionate responses to others.

#teacherssupportingteachers #teacherwellbeing #healthyworkplace #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulmentoring #tapthewellwithin #educationforliberation #healigourselvestohealtheworld #educatorwellbeing #selfcareforsocialchange #selfcarefortherealworld #mindfulnesspractice #teacherinspiration #putonyourownoxygenmaskfirst #educatorsustainability #youareworthit #educateliberatelaboroflove #teacherstransformingtheworld #teachersfollowteachers #healthyschools #healyourself #findyourmedicineanduseit #humanizingeducation #radicalselfcare #radicalmindfulness #elementaryteacher #highschoolteacher #middleschoolteacher #fillyourwell #regulate4resilience

Here's a simple practice to help with anxiety: Stair Step Breathing⁠⁠Begin inhalation with a series of short pauses: inh...
03/13/2021

Here's a simple practice to help with anxiety: Stair Step Breathing⁠

Begin inhalation with a series of short pauses: inhale-pause, inhale-pause, inhale-pause. Continue this until the lungs are full. The diaphragm and abdomen should remain firm after each pause.⁠

Imagine you are breathing up a set of stairs.⁠

On the completion of the interrupted inhalation, exhale smoothly and slowly until the lungs are empty. Do not strain. Practice 11 rounds, the relax and breath normally.⁠

#breathingpractice #teacherssupportingteachers #anxietyrelief #educatorwellbeing

My acupuncturist once recommended I eat more fermented foods and gave me a recipe to make "curtido," a Salvadoran cabbag...
03/11/2021

My acupuncturist once recommended I eat more fermented foods and gave me a recipe to make "curtido," a Salvadoran cabbage slaw made with finely shredded cabbage, red onion, carrot, oregano, and vinegar. Little did she know that is one of my ancestral foods. It never ceases to amaze me how our ancestors knew exactly what foods to use to nourish their bodies and keep themselves healthy. Here is the colorful outcome at my first try at making it at home! I also pickled some carrots and beets.

INGREDIENTS IN CURTIDO:
cabbage
red onion
carrot
jalapeno
oregano
salt
vinegar

What ancestral foods make you feel nourished and happy?

photo by Margarita Acosta

#sustainableresourcing #homemade #salvadorena #wholefoods #fermentedfoods #healthyteachers

On This Daythis is a day without chairsa day where all the rooms melt togetherand there are only corners/corners and hum...
03/09/2021

On This Day

this is a day without chairs
a day where all the rooms melt together
and there are only corners/corners and humming
wishes and slight breeze
brushing you like palms
this is a day of prayers
a day of painful breaking/a day of peace beneath
a day of arms
of hands
eyes and quiet windows

i wish you love from your mother backwards

i wish you deep tunnels without fear
i wish you children’s laughter
i wish you cactus flowers
i wish you moonlight
i wish you real eyes
i wish you a hand across your back/soft like when you were a child
i wish you tears
i wish you clean
i wish you angels in conference around your bed holding you
so there is no space for me even to touch you/just watch

i wish your mother watching

i wish you abalone dreams
i wish you peace
i wish you doves in your kitchen
moonlight in your bathroom
candles when your eyes close and dawn when they open
i wish you so many arms across your shoulders
so many lips kissing your ears that you smile from the inconvenience
i wish you all your babies’ love attacking the center of your heart
just so you know they are there

i wish you banisters, railings, and arms around your waist
i wish you training wheels, i wish you strong shoes
i wish you water o i wish you water
through your feet flowing like a stream
and i wish you hammocks
and melon on your eyes
strawberries in your mouth
and fingers in your hand
fingers in your hand all day
through this house
on this day with no rooms
only corners
and an uncommon breeze

By: Ruth Forman

#iwishyou #poetry #inspiration #everydaylife #abalonedreams #seeingwithneweyes #mindfulmentoring #teacherssupportingteachers

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03/09/2021
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"Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think." - Buddha#teachersarerolemodels #growthmindset #mindfulnes...
03/07/2021

"Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think." - Buddha

#teachersarerolemodels #growthmindset #mindfulness #mindfulmentoring #innerknowing #innerlistening #knowledgeseekers #educationoftheheart #educationofthemind

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How to Listen MindfullyReflect back what is being said. Use their words notyours.Begin where they are, not where you wan...
03/05/2021

How to Listen Mindfully

Reflect back what is being said. Use their words not
yours.
Begin where they are, not where you want them to
be.
Be curious and open to what they are trying to say.
Notice what they are saying and what they are
not.
Emotionally relate to how they are feeling. Nurture
the interaction.

#teacherssupportingteachers #getcurious #listen #deepen #adultsel #relationshipsmatter #teacherselfcare

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Did you know that stress is actually a neutral term? It just means the desire to act or perform.Our bodies thrive on a b...
03/01/2021

Did you know that stress is actually a neutral term? It just means the desire to act or perform.

Our bodies thrive on a balanced amount of rest and stress.
From a physiological point of view, stress can be thought of in terms of eustress (good stress) and distress (negative stress).

When we start to move into distress, it can take as little as 5-10 minutes to settle the nervous system and move back into the creative calm.

How do you like to care for yourself when you start to feel the effects of distress on your body?

#humanfunctioncurve #mapofthehumanheart #stressresilience

EVERY Child deserves a Black educator. Black History Month is technically over, but we must learn how to better support ...
03/01/2021
How to Better Support Your Black Colleagues

EVERY Child deserves a Black educator. Black History Month is technically over, but we must learn how to better support our Black Colleagues all year long. How has your school site been successful in working towards recruiting, hiring and retaining Black educators?

Black teachers are more likely to leave the profession than their White peers, but there are steps White allies can take to encourage them to stay.

“The plant people have taught me to be generous and not be shy about blossoming, that it is our nature. I think when oth...
02/27/2021

“The plant people have taught me to be generous and not be shy about blossoming, that it is our nature. I think when others see us, it can inspire them to open up and blossom too and we can be a field ablaze with dignity and beauty together.” -Brenda Salgado⁠

#blossom #springiscoming #teacherssupportingteachers⁠

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We believe every human has the right to a regulated nervous system. Our youth have the right to adults with regulated ne...
02/25/2021

We believe every human has the right to a regulated nervous system. Our youth have the right to adults with regulated nervous systems to co-regulate to. Therefore, taking the time to rest is good for everyone.

Nourish your nervous system with this simple sensory deprivation practice!

Sensory deprivation is when you “deprive” your senses of all stimulus, such as light, sound, touch, etc. Sensory deprivation is a great way for your body to fully relax, your brain to refresh and for you to take a moment, disconnect and be with yourself. This technique is commonly used in meditation, as it allows easier access to deeper meditative states.

You don't need to pay to go to a fancy float tank to fully relax into nothingness. If you have a bathtub and some epsom salts, this is a lovely place to practice, OR you could also do it right on your bedroom floor. Put on your softest, comfiest clothing, pop in some ear plugs and cover your eyes with an eye mask or wash cloth and enjoy the silence.

#nourishyournervoussystem #sensorydeprivation #you'reworthit #fillyourwell #educatorwellness #stressreduction #restasresistanceh

Made these tasty tofu tacos last night! My favorite part is flipping the tortillas on the open flame on the stove top. I...
02/23/2021

Made these tasty tofu tacos last night! My favorite part is flipping the tortillas on the open flame on the stove top.

Ingredients:
corn tortillas
tofu marinated in soy sauce
black beans
pickled cabbage
pickled carrots
avocado
salt
pepper
Salsa Valentina

What are in YOUR favorite tacos?

#wholefoods #californialivin' #healthyteacher #sustainableresourcing

"Smile, breathe, go slowly..." Thich Nhat HanhBlue text on a white background. #mindfulnesspractice #breathe #humancente...
02/21/2021

"Smile, breathe, go slowly..." Thich Nhat Hanh

Blue text on a white background.

#mindfulnesspractice #breathe #humancentered #healthypeoplehealsystems

“I feel like the goal posts keep moving. Normally, I’m like a volcano. Big feelings come up and out, then five minutes l...
02/20/2021

“I feel like the goal posts keep moving. Normally, I’m like a volcano. Big feelings come up and out, then five minutes later it is gone. But recently I am an underground festering magma chamber, unable to find that release. “- School Administrator

Our work aims to create space where before there was stuckness

to unveil the layers of protection we have built around ourselves

To become fully at peace with the uncertainty

To reconnect us to what is alive in our bodies even as we are navigating constant change, fear, and conflict

#bigfeelings #emotionalintelligence #reconnectingtoself #beingpresentwithwhatarises

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We're Hiring! The Deputy Director will work in close coordination with the Executive Director to set vision aligned with...
02/18/2021

We're Hiring! The Deputy Director will work in close coordination with the Executive Director to set vision aligned with our values; execute the vision with diligence to the human, operational, and financial vitality of our organization; and lead training and coaching sessions with school and district leaders throughout the country.

For more details visit: http://www.theteachingwell.org/join-our-team

#joinourteam #valuesdrivenworkplace #theteachingwell #teacherssupportingteachers #healthyworkplace

As we navigate the collective trauma of our times, building an awareness of our own nervous systems can support us in cr...
02/15/2021

As we navigate the collective trauma of our times, building an awareness of our own nervous systems can support us in creating a culture of resilience.

"This [Professional Development on Moving Trauma to Transformation] allowed me to take a moment to step back and observe what my trigger points are and things I can do to step back and re-center myself. I also feel like I have a more robust understanding of what trauma means and why it's something I don't experience alone." -Oakland Educator

#yourenotalone #stressresilience #traumahealing #teacherssupportingteachers

Wishing all the teachers a weekend full of love equal in measure to the love you shower upon your students!#loveabounds ...
02/13/2021

Wishing all the teachers a weekend full of love equal in measure to the love you shower upon your students!

#loveabounds #teachersdeservelovetoo

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Wild Goose Counseling
02/12/2021

Wild Goose Counseling

Stop your scrolling! Check in with yourself- are your basic needs being met ?Do you need a snack?To process a big emotio...
02/11/2021

Stop your scrolling! Check in with yourself- are your basic needs being met ?

Do you need a snack?
To process a big emotion?
To connect with another human?
Do you need a break?

Many of us have used this handy dandy acronym to check in with our students, but when was the last time you used it on yourself?

#putyourownoxygenmaskonfirst #selfcare #teacherssupportingteachers #teacherselfcare #mindfulnesspractice

Got computer fatigue? Try this simple practice!⁠⁠Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.⁠⁠It can be that sim...
02/09/2021

Got computer fatigue? Try this simple practice!⁠

Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.⁠

It can be that simple to give your eyes the break they need.⁠

How else do you like to build in breaks into your day?⁠

#mindfulnesspractice #computerfatigue #takeabreak #stressmanagement #teacherssupportingteachers

What have you been learning about yourself through these times of so much uncertainty?..."I can move deep into uncertain...
02/07/2021

What have you been learning about yourself through these times of so much uncertainty?
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"I can move deep into uncertainty because I have cultivated the capacity, one, to hold the space of uncertainty and secondly I am so connected to the meaning, the value, the wisdom of uncertainty. So then uncertainty becomes a teacher and a guide.” @Lama Rod Owens
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#mindfulnesspractice #movingthroughuncertainty #Lamarodowens #somaticalignment #healingisaverb

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Learning about our history is an integral part of our wellness...."Ethnic studies is a way of being in the world that ce...
02/05/2021

Learning about our history is an integral part of our wellness.
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"Ethnic studies is a way of being in the world that centers wellness by focusing on the most wounded first. There is nothing that is about the exclusion of others. It's a choice to prioritize those who have been deprioritized." -Jeff Duncan-Andrade

#healthysystemshealpeople #bringbackethnicstudies #teacherssupportingteachers #learnourhistory #healingroots

"The Teaching Well adapts to joy, growth and collective liberation."We're proud of the ways in which we have shifted to ...
02/03/2021

"The Teaching Well adapts to joy, growth and collective liberation."

We're proud of the ways in which we have shifted to supporting our educator community virtually, meeting this moment with our full presence and creativity.

#joy #growth #collectiveliberation #teacherssupportingteachers #bandingtogether

"Whatever we give thanks for, we water. Where we give gratitude, we grow." -B**g LauWhat are you grateful for in this mo...
02/01/2021

"Whatever we give thanks for, we water. Where we give gratitude, we grow." -B**g Lau

What are you grateful for in this moment?

I'm grateful for snow outside and a warm place to be inside. Also the sound of my partner's voice working in the other room.

#gratitudepractice #teacherssupportingteachers #newcoworkers #winterreflections

"Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must trea...
01/30/2021

"Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called
Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes.
Listen.
It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying
Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or bush does is lost to you,
You are surely lost.
Stand still.
The forest knows Where you are.
You must let it find you."
~David Wagoner

#beherenow #davidwagoner #poetryofnow #reconnect

On Work"You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.For to be idle is to become a stranger ...
01/28/2021

On Work

"You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Always you have been told that work is a curse and a labor, a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labor you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labor is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth."

poem from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

#work #lifeforce #whatbringsyoualive #whattheworldneeds #laboroflove #create

“If it isn’t healing, it isn’t justice.” - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha...#healing #justice #connection #educationfo...
01/26/2021

“If it isn’t healing, it isn’t justice.” - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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#healing #justice #connection #educationforliberation

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“As we seek this healing, let us do so with the knowledge that oneness is not sameness. It is the transcendence of our d...
01/25/2021

“As we seek this healing, let us do so with the knowledge that oneness is not sameness. It is the transcendence of our differences and the weaving of our diverse expressions into a tapestry that is harmonized and aligned with common purpose.” ― Sherri Mitchell, Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change
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#teachingwithpurpose #findyournorthstar #healing #transformativeeducation #teacherssupportingteachers

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"There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."-excerpt from @amanda...
01/22/2021

"There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."-excerpt from @amandagorman 's inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb"

Educators, how are you holding space for your students to process and understand this historic moment?
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#rolemodels #youth #poetry #inauguration2021

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The Teaching Well works in partnership with schools to more effectively support, retain, and leverage the brilliance of their educators. Together, we heal adult culture and create thriving school ecosystems by providing tools for healthy dialogue, emotional regulation, and mindful stress resilience.

We believe that transformation of our public school system relies on the millions of adults who lead within it, and that when these adults are healthy, emotionally regulated, and empowered, all children will thrive.

Our programming model consists of a three-year suite of professional development, alongside regular 1:1 mentoring for administrators and teachers focused on well-being and sustainability. In addition, we offer data-driven feedback on teacher retention and strategic consulting on systemic transformation.

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We are never too young to learn the gift of mindfulness! #mindfulbabies #presentmomen #wonderfulmoment #teachthemwell
Grief sensitive schools - yes!
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If you weren't able to join us today, remember that you can always come back and view the video and participate at your own leisure! I am feeling blessed by those who participated and shared such insightful, appreciative feedback! Have a wonderful evening family
ITS MID - OCTOBER I find that the fatigue, tiredness, and mental exhaustion that often come in October are actually invitations to lean into my flow. By this point in the school year, most of us have laid the foundation for the rest of the semester, but the honeymoon is over and we're starting to meet real challenges - with students, colleagues, systems and in ourselves. Our bodies are beginning to talk to us and let us know we're reaching the "fatigue zone," and rest, restoration and rejuvenation are required. As both of these realities settle within us- the need for rest and the need to stay strong till the holidays - we find ourselves at the intersections of discipline and surrender - and if we can find that magical place where we're doing work that matters, while also trusting the process and nurturing ourselves, we find ourselves in the Flow. SURRENDER What can you let go of to create more ease in your life right now? Who and what can you call upon to be your support and foundation? What would it look like to practice more trust? What part of you needs to be unleashed so more parts of you can rest, relax and soar? DISCIPLINE What core values guide you during challenging times? What are you committed to, in yourself and in your work? What are you unwilling to compromise, no matter what happens? Who are you accountable to, and why? What can you do each day, to stay connected to your larger goals and values, so that when the holidays come, you feel both ready to relax and also proud of your progress??? YOUR TURN What are your self care strategies during the October grind?? What does this reflection bring up for you? What would you like me to discuss during our Live! talk tomorrow??? Comment below! And share!!!
Wonderful reminders on the power of movement.