From Self to Collective: Finding Care in a ‘Burnout Culture’

In collaboration with Dawson College’s New School

From Self to Collective: Finding Care in a ‘Burnout Culture’
Friday April 27th (3pm, in the 8b Lounge at New School)

In this workshop we will create a space for care, comfort and confidence for teachers to discuss the pressures to be productive and efficient at all times. In addition to workload and classroom management, masking of anxieties, putting aside personal lives among others are part of a teacher’s “toolkit”.

It is not surprising then that burnout stories about teachers are frequent and those who manage to stay afloat often hang by a thread. Many refer to this as a “burnout culture” where burnout is not a matter of if but when. This begs the questions: given how isolating the teaching experience is, what spaces and occasions do we have to support each other, emotionally or otherwise; how can we extend “same boat” solidarity to each other and collectivize the pressures in order to promote healthy and sustainable teaching community? In this workshop we will collectively reflect on practices of care, both self and collective, spend some time doing exercises related to (w)holistic well-being as well as brainstorm ideas for support and action.

All educators are welcome.

Further details: Teaching Outside the Box: New School Conversations

Facilitated by R. Mehreen

Photo credit: ecmag.com

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