‘I started out teaching with my heart and soul overflowing, committed to the success and wellbeing of my students. But over time I became conflicted.’ Teacher and counsellor Anne Miller shares how for years she struggled with the administrative demands of teaching, and why she’s now an advocate for valuing the importance of a teacher’s heart and soul.
‘The sense of achievement I feel when a messy, weedy garden bed is turned back into a neat and tidy patch makes me happy.’ Victorian educator Donna White shares her passion for gardening with readers, explaining why her garden is both a form of escapism and a sense of pride.
‘Whenever my colleagues say they’re stressed, I give them a lecture about the benefits of “me time”.’ Primary teacher Vikki Rhodes shares how she makes time to care for her own wellbeing by walking with her friend, and by attending weekly Zumba classes.
Principal David Smith shares three activities he’s embedded into his life to maintain his health, fitness and wellbeing, whilst also helping to relieve some of the pressures that come with being a school leader.
‘At times struggling with sadness and sorrow, I found that playing a musical instrument that requires total focus … only allowed time to focus on the present and future possibilities, not on the sadness of the past.’ Barbara Calder, an educator from New South Wales, shares why she made the decision to take up the challenging hobby of learning to play the saxophone.
‘Walking is more than getting from one place to another.’ Assistant Principal Amanda Alcock shares how her walking routine has helped her to gain perspective, focus and gratitude, and explains why it will always be an important part of her life.
Nilesh Banerjee, a casual relief teacher and a volunteer at Prescott College in Prospect, South Australia, has penned a review of Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the Water Sustainability and Wild Fire Mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013. Here he also shares how it’s impacted his work with students and motivated him to give back to his community.
Jeanette Denham, a passionate secondary and primary teacher who works part-time at Ravensthorpe District High School in Western Australia, has penned a review of Pip Williams’ new book, The Dictionary of Lost Words.
‘If it is not visible and valued, it is easy for it to become neglected.’ Nathan Curnow, Head of Science at John Curtin College of the Arts in Western Australia, shares insights into how he cares for his mental health and wellbeing.
The nutrient values of foods are altered when you cook and store them. But how much is lost? And, are there some cooking methods that are better than others? Here, we speak to Dr Evangeline Mantzioris from the University of South Australia to find out more.