We‘ve provided a guide for a workshop for teachers, administrators, education authorities and communities on the themes of Teacher Identity, Motivation and Well-Being. You can access it by clicking here. We hope you will use this tool to create a dynamic training. We encourage you to take the objectives and the activities and expand from there as is appropriate in your context.
By the end of this section, you should be able to effectively:
Develop a tailored training session to engage a diverse group of education stakeholders on issues related to teacher identity, motivation and well-being
Encourage these stakeholders to recognize their complementary roles in supporting teachers to support children and youth
Critically reflect on the training session with co-facilitators and be able to make suggestions for improvements to subsequent sessions
Develop and deliver relevant training to teachers, communities and government authorities on the topic of teacher identity, motivation and well-being
The collective Healing Classrooms Teacher Identity, Motivation and Well-Being Framework is also a tool to engage teachers, communities and education authorities in discussions about teacher recruitment, retention and development. Because of its holistic nature, the framework helps stakeholders to think broadly and creatively. It also promotes an understanding that there are multiple forms of motivation and sources of support (communities and authorities; partners such as NGOs and UN agencies), which can help to create the conditions for teacher well-being. The framework may help you to engage authorities and communities in productive discussions about teachers, their roles in communities and societies, and their realities. It can be a stimulus to elicit participants‘ suggestions of different contextualized ways in which they can support teachers.
The Workshop Guide is designed to be adapted by you and your colleagues for use with different groups. The workshop may address the following needs:
A need to further mobilize communities to provide financial and/or in-kind support to teachers
A need for PTAs to have a framework within which they can advocate for improved support to teachers as a strategy for improving the quality of education
A framework for local teachers‘ associations to make their own advocacy demands of governments and local education authorities
A scenario where refugee teachers are repatriating and strategies have to be developed that will encourage them to enter and stay in the teaching profession on their return home
Activity/Questions for discussion as you plan the workshop:
What do you think is the added value of the Healing Classrooms framework in this situation?
What do you think will be the challenges for you in presenting the Healing Classrooms framework?
How can you address these challenges?
What special changes do you think you may have to make for a workshop in this context?
The activities presented may take about two days of workshop time, but the time can be shortened or extended depending on the particular needs of the group and also on the level and depth to which you are able to discuss the issues.
Activity/Questions for discussion after the workshop:
The following questions may be useful prompts for your team‘s reflection during a post-workshop debriefing:
In general, what do you think went well in the workshop?
In general, what went less well and what would you perhaps do differently another time?
What did you learn from the participants in the workshop?
What did you learn from the co-facilitators/organizers?
How did the participants relate to the Healing Classrooms framework in this situation?
Did it bring out new or as yet unexplored issues?
Did it help to clarify the relationships between different issues related to teachers?
What are the concrete next steps, and who will take these next steps?
How could the framework be adapted for non-teachers – for example, for healthcare workers?
As you adapt and develop the workshop, be sure to share your results with the IRC Unit and with other country programs that will surely benefit from the insights gained through your experience.
Click here to review the training workshop guide and print out a copy of it.