The Teaching Well

The Teaching Well This Giving Tuesday, give back to our teachers who give so much, donate to our IndieGogo: https://igg.me/at/theteachingwell2018 The Teaching Well is a non-profit that was started by teachers for teachers.
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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.

Mission: 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.

Operating as usual

01/07/2021

Walking Meditation – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.



(from “Call me by My True Names – The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh”, Parallax Press, 2005.)

“All that you touch, you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change.” - Octavia Butler, P...
01/05/2021

“All that you touch, you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change.” - Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
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#change #theonlyconstant

Revolutionary Self-Care
01/04/2021

Revolutionary Self-Care

“I touch my own skin, and it tells me that before there was any harm, there was miracle.” ― Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasu...
01/03/2021

“I touch my own skin, and it tells me that before there was any harm, there was miracle.” ― Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

#emergence #thebodyisamiracle

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Education to the Core
01/02/2021

Education to the Core

Here's to a better year for teachers! ❤️

~ Edutopia

"There is no resolution that, if kept, will make you more worthy of love. You as your actual self and not as some made u...
01/01/2021

"There is no resolution that, if kept, will make you more worthy of love. You as your actual self and not as some made up ideal, are already worthy." -Nadia Bolz-Weber
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#perfectasyouare #intentionsetting #youareworthyoflove
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Action Psychology SA
12/31/2020

Action Psychology SA

Looking towards 2021

May we each find our way home. ...#sailinghome #alreadyhome
12/29/2020

May we each find our way home.
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#sailinghome #alreadyhome

Unify
12/29/2020

Unify

Barefoot Five
12/29/2020

Barefoot Five

This. This. This!!!!

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12/29/2020

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Disrupt capitalism.

Let everything happen to you . Beauty and terror . Just keep going . No feeling is final . -Rainer Maria Rilke...#walkin...
12/28/2020

Let everything happen to you . Beauty and terror . Just keep going . No feeling is final . -Rainer Maria Rilke
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#walkingthepath #mindfulnesspractice #beliketheweather

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We at The Teaching Well are hiring a Digital Storyteller to help amplify our work to larger audiences!The Digital Storyt...
12/28/2020

We at The Teaching Well are hiring a Digital Storyteller to help amplify our work to larger audiences!

The Digital Storyteller is instrumental in capturing and expanding the voice of The Teaching Well's work in digital media. This includes drafting communications to our audience, helping craft content for our e-newsletter, developing key social media content, creating website content and generally being a creative contributor to telling the stories of our movement.

In this role, the Digital Storyteller will work on the Marketing Team and report to the Marketing and Outreach Manager, collaborating with a graphic designer and social media interns to develop powerful, compelling content instrumental to generating excitement and interest in our mission of building thriving school ecosystems.

Compensation: This role will pay $20-30/hour (commensurate with experience) for 5-10 hours/week from January-March of 2021, with the possibility of more hours and/or growth into a salaried position later on. More details on the application. Current and former teachers with a knack for social media are warmly invited to apply! To apply, please fill out this form by January 6, 2021, and reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

"Every conflict presents you with a choice. You can choose to view conflict as an opportunity to teach or as an opportun...
12/26/2020

"Every conflict presents you with a choice. You can choose to view conflict as an opportunity to teach or as an opportunity to blame & punish." Dr. Becky Bailey author of Easy to Love Difficult to Discipline
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#presence #reparenting #evolvingtogether

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Happy Holidays from The Teaching Well! It has been an honor to walk beside so many educators on the path towards courage...
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from The Teaching Well! It has been an honor to walk beside so many educators on the path towards courageously facing the challenges of our times during this unusual school year. We see you sitting with difficult emotion and showing up for yourselves, your students and families with deep compassion, love, and care. Wishing you health, love and a bright 2021!

"To get solidarity you can't leap over healing." -Brigit A. Evans ...#healing #collectiveliberation
12/22/2020

"To get solidarity you can't leap over healing." -Brigit A. Evans
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#healing #collectiveliberation

“There’s a way out of this mess, and it requires each of us to begin with our own body. You and your body are important ...
12/21/2020

“There’s a way out of this mess, and it requires each of us to begin with our own body. You and your body are important parts of the solution. Your body—all of our bodies—are where changing the status quo must begin.”

― Resmaa Menakem
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#thebodykeepsthescore #healthypeoplehealsystems #healthysystemshealpeople #somaticexperiencing #collectiveliberation

Invitation to Necessary Space  Adapted From Micky ScottBey Jones Together we will create “necessary” space Because there...
12/18/2020

Invitation to Necessary Space Adapted From Micky ScottBey Jones
Together we will create “necessary” space Because there is no such thing as a “safe space”
We exist in the real world
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect. This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be
But It will be our necessary space together,
And We will work on it side by side.
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#necessaryspace #together #generativeconflict

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The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They wer...
12/16/2020

The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They were borne not out of our ideals, but out of a process of reflection on what we were already doing. This emergent and reflective process allowed us to examine what makes our work unique, valuable and lived inside our community. We live, honor, and stand by these values in each of our internal meetings, client interactions, and public presentations. ⁠
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⁠One of our shared values is paradigm shifting: We use human-centered design to shift the paradigm of the teaching profession, educational research, and the way the entire educational ecosystem functions. We know that by centering educator wellness, we create foundational changes that lead to student wellbeing and enhance academic outcomes.
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⁠Artwork by Bong Lau, Mindfulness Support Specialist⁠ ⁠
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#values #paradigmshifting #teachingwellteam #innerandouterlife #teacherssupportingteachers #seeingwithneweyes

This week's eclipse invites us to open to inner work and deeper learnings. What are you revealing and repatterining with...
12/14/2020

This week's eclipse invites us to open to inner work and deeper learnings. What are you revealing and repatterining within yourself?
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#turninward #reveal #repattern #eclipse

What has been bringing you alive lately? ...#comealive #innerknowing #beyourself
12/13/2020

What has been bringing you alive lately?
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#comealive #innerknowing #beyourself

Decolonize sisterhood as we braid our hair with justice. ...Looking forward to a time when we can do so safely once agai...
12/12/2020

Decolonize sisterhood as we braid our hair with justice.
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Looking forward to a time when we can do so safely once again.
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Artwork by Salina Mae, Mindfulness Support Specialist
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#powerfulbraids #sisterhood #collectivecare

Jack Kornfield
12/11/2020

Jack Kornfield

#mindfulness #jackkornfield
From “The Wise Heart”

"There is a big difference between learning about trauma and learning a practice. There is a big difference between lear...
12/09/2020

"There is a big difference between learning about trauma and learning a practice. There is a big difference between learning a practice and actually making that practice become a practice." -Resmaa Manakem, My Grandmother's Hands
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#mindfulnesspractice #traumastewards #somaticexperiencing #healthypeoplehealsystems #healthysystemshealpeople #mygrandmothershands

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The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They wer...
12/08/2020

The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They were borne not out of our ideals, but out of a process of reflection on what we were already doing. This emergent and reflective process allowed us to examine what makes our work unique, valuable and lived inside our community. We live, honor, and stand by these values in each of our internal meetings, client interactions, and public presentations. ⁠
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⁠One of our shared values is healing: We anchor ourselves in the idea that healthy people heal systems, and healthy systems heal people.
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⁠Artwork by Bong Lau, Mindfulness Support Specialist⁠
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#values #healing #teachingwellteam #innerandouterlife #teacherssupportingteachers #healthypeoplehealsystems #healthysystemshealpeople

WholeHearted School Counseling
12/06/2020

WholeHearted School Counseling

FREE Download! This here is 1 of 10 social emotional learning check-ins you can get here ➡️ bit.ly/FreeSELCheckIn

Margarita, one of our Mindful Mentors, made this Bone Broth for strong bones, ligaments and tendons for her partner who ...
12/05/2020

Margarita, one of our Mindful Mentors, made this Bone Broth for strong bones, ligaments and tendons for her partner who experiences chronic back pain.

Ingredients:
Chicken Bones
Celery
Green Cabbage
Apple Cider Vinegar
Primal Frame Builder tonic from @blumandbrubroths (contains eleuthero root, dang gui root cayenne fruit, codyceps fungus, eucommia bark, ginger rhizome, teasel root, turmeric root, black pepper corn)

Simmer for 6 hours, then strain. Keep in the refrigerator.

#wholefoods #nutrition #healingherbs #listentothebody #eatlocal

Everything begins with a seed. What seeds are you planting? What blooms are you longing to see? ...Artwork by Salina Mae...
12/03/2020

Everything begins with a seed. What seeds are you planting? What blooms are you longing to see?
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Artwork by Salina Mae, Mindfulness Support Specialist
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#growth #seeds #blooms #innerreflection #gratitude

Education to the Core
12/01/2020

Education to the Core

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates#beginnersmind #startagain #learning #expandingconscious...
12/01/2020

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates

#beginnersmind #startagain #learning #expandingconsciousness

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Natural Learning
11/30/2020

Natural Learning

Your words matter!

#collectivecare #healthysystemshealpeople #healthypeoplehealsystems #teacherssupportingteachers
11/29/2020

#collectivecare #healthysystemshealpeople #healthypeoplehealsystems #teacherssupportingteachers

The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They wer...
11/27/2020

The Teaching Well’s values are co-created, co-evaluated, and individually expressed by the members of our team. They were borne not out of our ideals, but out of a process of reflection on what we were already doing. This emergent and reflective process allowed us to examine what makes our work unique, valuable and lived inside our community. We live, honor, and stand by these values in each of our internal meetings, client interactions, and public presentations. ⁠
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⁠One of our shared values is Integrity: We live our values both inside and outside of our organization, and we guide our clients to engage in work we actively practice and embody ourselves. We strive to align our values, intentions, and actions in service of our communities.
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⁠Artwork by Bong Lau, Mindfulness Support Specialist⁠
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#values #integrity #northstar #teachingwellteam #innerandouterlife #teacherssupportingteachers

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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!!!
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