The Happy Educator
Wellbeing at Work

 

“Many presenters believe that their workshop content is of primary importance. I believe that workshop attendees are the heart of all training. I aim to give my attendees new knowledge and skills in an experience they will enjoy.” Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

WORKSHOP THEME
The work of education is stressful. It is difficult to manage the classroom, conform to policy requirements, deal with negative colleagues, balance home and work, and take care of one’s self. As a result, many teachers struggle with feelings of frustration and overwhelm in what should otherwise be an energizing profession. This workshop offers participants a unique approach to creating well-being at work: by learning skills to better cope with negativity and by learning to build on positive experiences.

WORKSHOP FOCUS

AM, Part One: Working like Sisyphus: Overcoming Professional Stagnation
In this session, we will explore school culture, criticism, and feelings of powerlessness. We will begin with a focus on the culture of complaint and its effect on job satisfaction. We will introduce skills to side-step both stagnation and frustration, and replace them with more satisfying alternatives.  

AM. Part Two: Dealing with Feeling: How to cope with emotional burdens
Wouldn’t it be nice if emotional intelligence was a school course that received equal attention as do math and reading? Sadly, this is not the case. As a result, most graduates know more about algebra and Lord of the Flies than they do about how to interpret, tolerate, and manage anger. In this session, we will learn new skills for managing negative emotions.

PM, Part One: Remember when you enjoyed work? Why not do that again?
In this portion of the workshop, participants will be introduced to the science of happiness. They will learn the many benefits of positive feelings, understand the process of savoring, and learn two skills to boost daily enjoyment.

PM, Part Two: The Mission of Education: Re-connecting with your values
One of the most insidious aspects of professional burnout is that people are too overwhelmed to re-connect with the very principles and elements of teaching that were so attractive when they first joined the profession. We will close the day by reflecting on our core values, and translate these into personalized teaching philosophies.

ABOUT DR ROBERT BISWAS-DIENER
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is a psychologist, researcher, and author. He is known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his studies of positive topics such as happiness, altruism and hospitality have taken him around the world. His research has resulted in 8 books and more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.

When not involved in academic pursuits, Robert consults with a wide range of groups on individual, team and organizational success. He is especially fascinated by effective pedagogy and has published a number of articles on new approaches to increase student engagement. He is senior editor of Noba, a publisher that provides educational materials to students and instructors free of charge. After work and on the weekends, Robert can often be found rock climbing in his home state of Oregon (USA).

COST

ACEL Member: $440 p/p
Non-Member: $480 p/p
Combine & Save: $600
Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership – normally $195.

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS & REGISTRATION

Sydney NSW
Date:
Friday 14 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre
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Brisbane QLD
Date:
Monday 17 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Hilton Brisbane
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Ballarat VIC
Date:
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre
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Darwin NT
Date:
Friday 21 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Hilton Darwin
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Adelaide SA
Date:
Monday 24 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Hilton Adelaide
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Melbourne VIC
Date:
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens
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