Teacher Healer - Education for Real Change

Janine Meadley

The Teacher Healer podcast is a space where we get to geek about education and heal the world at the same time. Come down the rabbit hole to define what we think education could and should look like to make school better for kids, teachers and society as a whole. We’ll talk about healing and what kinds of healing are most needed to create the future we want to live in and raise our kids to grow up in. This is a podcast about finding solutions to heal the world and heal ourselves. It's for educators, school leaders, parents and healers. read less

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Annabelle Knight: Connection, courage and passion
Sep 18 2022
Annabelle Knight: Connection, courage and passion
In this episode, I’m joined by Annabelle Knight, Director of Strengths Canvass. Annabelle talks about the importance of putting people and relationships at the centre of education and how deep collaboration can provide multiple solutions for evolving the education system.Annabelle Knight has over 40 years experience in school leadership, pedagogy and wellbeing in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary contexts. Her consulting business, Strengths Canvass, empowers individuals and teams to experience greater wellbeing and higher performance through positive leadership.Annabelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and received a SACS Leadership Award. She has presented at several National and International conferences including the World Thinking Skills Conference and International Symposium for Coaching and Positive Psychology. Annabelle has enjoyed time in Finland, the USA and Reggio Emilia, Italy, studying pedagogy and learning. She is an advocate for using a strengths-based approach in education and sees the potential for it to impact positively on all areas of our lives.Your homework:Find something to teach this week that sets your heart on fire (even if you have to set some of the curriculum aside).Further learning related to this episode/references:Strengths CanvassPersonalizable Education for All Children by Yong Zhao OECD Education Policy Outlook FinlandAllan Pizzey Building - Design Solution AwardReggio Emilia ApproachReggio Emilia AustraliaIntroduction to Appreciative InquiryThe Developmental Relationships FrameworkLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Annabelle Knight: Connection, courage and passion
Sep 18 2022
Annabelle Knight: Connection, courage and passion
In this episode, I’m joined by Annabelle Knight, Director of Strengths Canvass. Annabelle talks about the importance of putting people and relationships at the centre of education and how deep collaboration can provide multiple solutions for evolving the education system.Annabelle Knight has over 40 years experience in school leadership, pedagogy and wellbeing in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary contexts. Her consulting business, Strengths Canvass, empowers individuals and teams to experience greater wellbeing and higher performance through positive leadership.Annabelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and received a SACS Leadership Award. She has presented at several National and International conferences including the World Thinking Skills Conference and International Symposium for Coaching and Positive Psychology. Annabelle has enjoyed time in Finland, the USA and Reggio Emilia, Italy, studying pedagogy and learning. She is an advocate for using a strengths-based approach in education and sees the potential for it to impact positively on all areas of our lives.Your homework:Find something to teach this week that sets your heart on fire (even if you have to set some of the curriculum aside).Further learning related to this episode/references:Strengths CanvassPersonalizable Education for All Children by Yong Zhao OECD Education Policy Outlook FinlandAllan Pizzey Building - Design Solution AwardReggio Emilia ApproachReggio Emilia AustraliaIntroduction to Appreciative InquiryThe Developmental Relationships FrameworkLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Megan Corcoran: Supporting teacher wellbeing
Jun 19 2022
Megan Corcoran: Supporting teacher wellbeing
In this episode, I'm joined by Megan Corcoran, a teacher who has recently decided to leave the classroom.Megan spent over eleven years teaching and leading in alternative schools for young people who have experienced trauma and/or significant disadvantage. During that time, she worked as a school leader in Australia’s largest alternative school. She studied a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and her teaching practice is trauma-informed and grounded in Wellbeing Science. Megan is also an experienced workshop facilitator, coach and consultant, and co-founder of Teacher's Well, that provides wellbeing communities for teachers and aims to generate teacher-led wellbeing initiatives in schools.Listen to Megan speak about the importance of slow teaching and building deep connections with colleagues. We'll also discuss the challenges that are driving teachers out of the classroom in droves and the solutions for teacher wellbeing that Megan and her colleagues are offering at Teacher's Well.Your homework: Think about: Who do you feel safe talking to about your teaching challenges, and where do you go if/when your school doesn't have a culture that supports honest and vulnerable conversations?Consider: How can you better support your colleagues and create safety for them to share their concerns inside or outside of the workplace?Leadership challenge: Ask your staff what their ideal role would look like and make it happen.Further learning related to this episode/references:Megan Corcoran's websiteTeacher's WellThe Teacher's Well compass of valuesWhat is positive psychology?Trauma-informed school practicesUsing the science of wellbeing to encourage flourishing learning environmentsCheck out Episode 11 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Lael Stone: Creating an emotionally safe school
May 22 2022
Lael Stone: Creating an emotionally safe school
In this episode, I'm joined by Lael Stone.Lael is an educator, TEDx speaker, author, mother, and parenting counselor. She is also the co-creator of Woodline Primary School, an innovative new school based on emotional wellbeing and connection. Lael is the co-host of The Aware Parenting Podcast and a sought-after public speaker who talks candidly about her experiences and her great passion; creating wellness in families through connection and communication.Listen to me speak with Lael about her journey with Woodline Primary School and her dream for an education system that prioritises emotional wellbeing for teachers and students.Your homework: Think about what opportunities you have in your current environment that would allow you to prioritise connection and emotional expression. If you feel you have these opportunities, what can you try now? If you don't, what might you be able to influence in your environment to create space for this?Explore some of the resources below to learn more about trauma-informed practice or emotional expression.Further learning related to this episode/references:Lael Stone's websiteWoodline Primary SchoolHow To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children | Lael Stone | TEDxDocklandsThe Aware Parenting PodcastAbout Birth - online childbirth education classesAbout trauma-informed practiceThe Wisdom of Trauma documentary featuring Dr Gabor MatéHow to Release Emotions Stuck in Your BodyPunished by Rewards - book by Alfie KohnUnconditional Parenting - book by Alfie KohnIsland - book by Aldous HuxleyCheck out Episode 10 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Amanda Freeman: Supporting individual needs and energies
Mar 27 2022
Amanda Freeman: Supporting individual needs and energies
In this episode, I’m joined by Amanda Freeman, Energy Coach and Facilitator. Amanda speaks about how her experience with disability and adult education taught her the value in supporting individual needs in learning environments. She also talks about the power of reiki as a tool for healing for kids as well as adults.Amanda helps purpose-driven well-being professionals and therapists develop both the confidence and the go-forward plan to reach their most cherished life and career goals. In safe, sacred space they conquer fears, clear energy blocks, and develop sky-high confidence in order to make powerful, intuitive life and career decisions.An adult educator, experienced Reiki Master and parent of teenagers, Amanda understands how important it is to cater for diverse learner needs and meet people where they are at.Your homework:Consider how you might better support your students or children with their diverse needs in ways that make them feel seen, but not stand out.Look for opportunities to ask your students, colleagues or family members about their needs and really listen to their responses.Further learning related to this episode/references:Amanda Freeman.com.auFree resources from AmandaJoin Amanda on FacebookJoin Amanda on InstagramWhat is reiki?Reiki AustraliaCheck out Episode 8 on our Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show
Margaret Thorsborne: The healing ripples of Restorative Practices
Feb 24 2022
Margaret Thorsborne: The healing ripples of Restorative Practices
In this episode, I'm joined by Margaret Thorsborne, OAM. Margaret speaks about the power of Restorative Practices to heal trauma and relationships - far beyond a check-box exercise.Margaret was a pioneer of Restorative Practices and played an important role in introducing it into schools, first in Australia and New Zealand in the 90’s, and later in the UK. She has since trained conference facilitators and schools in education, community, police and justice sectors across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Britain, the USA and Canada. She remains involved in this important reform in schools working alongside government bodies and agencies across the world as a recognised expert in the field of Restorative Practices in schools and workplaces. Your homework:Think about an unresolved incident you were involved in. How might a restorative approach have supported healing?How could you integrate a restorative approach into your work?What opportunities are there for you to be curious, rather than furious?Further learning related to this episode/references:The healing power of dialogue | Margaret Thorsborne | TEDxDarwinMargaret's books on Restorative PracticesMore about Margaret ThorsborneWhat is restorative practice? NSW GovernmentRestorative Practices InternationalRP for SchoolsThe Compass of ShameJohn Kotter's 8-Step Process for Leading ChangeSocial Ventures Australia, Teaching and Learning ToolkitStress, Trauma, and the Brain: Insights for EducatorsCheck out our Episode 7 Pinterest boardLearn more at teacherhealer.comMusic by Twisterium from Pixabay.ZeroCo Ditch single-use plastics Support the show