Collective care for educators – discussion circle

Discussion circle, Friday June 15th, 3pm at Dawson College.

Themes discussed at the previous session.
Themes discussed at the previous session.

The discussion will focus on the following main points that came up in the previous discussion of From Self to Collective: Finding Care in a ‘Burnout Culture’ :
– where is the nurturing coming from in our profession/lives?
– how do we nourish ourselves?
– what is our support network? what’s our safety net?

Discussion pointers:

    What is it like to be teaching at a time when younger generations are influenced by the popular culture, in particular by tendencies such as, alt-right phenomenon?

    What impact does the culture of productivity and pressure to perform (internalized capitalism) have on us educators? How do systemic and macro-level factors affect our teaching and affect all of the above?

    What is the impact of the individualized culture on us? How do we feel about collective care?

    How does emotional labour associated with teaching (a task/profession that is exhausting although satisfying) weigh down on us?

    How do educators deal with the feeling of isolation given that teaching is a pretty individualized profession?

    How do we deal with the intersection of our life (and its emotions) outside of school with what happens in the classroom, and the feelings that arise there? Is there a space for our feelings in the school?

    How can we create spaces where teachers can support each other, share concrete material but also be in solidarity with each other?

    How can we create spaces where we can feel more connected with our values, our needs as well as with like-minded people.

    What are the strategies to nurture and ressource ourselves collectively so the social justice works we do can continue without us feeling burned out/taking time away/leaving the profession?

This is a followup workshop to From Self to Collective: Finding Care in a ‘Burnout Culture’ held on April 27, 2018

Contact us at politics.and.therapy.are.one at gmail.com by Thursday 14 June, if you’d like to attend.

All educators are welcome.

Facilitated by R. Mehreen

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