I am pleased to share with you Root Down: Preparing to Thrive. These are materials to support ten one-hour conversations with preservice and early-career teachers and other caring professionals about burnout prevention and sustainable practice.
Each one-page essay and set of questions supports a stand-alone conversation, with reflection, small group sharing, and full-group harvesting of insights and take-aways. Use them individually, or as a ten-week lunch-and-learn series!
They are free to download and use, according to Creative Commons license.
If you find them valuable, please drop me a line and let me know about your experience!
Here are opening slides with norms and agenda for use with Zoom groups.
ONE: Your institution is not other than you. For better or worse, it is you.
TWO: Caregiver struggles are about way more than the caregiver.
THREE: You can only do what you can do – but only you can do it.
FOUR: Caring, like healing, is a journey, not a fixed destination.
FIVE: Paying attention to texts about care, and making our own, helps us care better.
SIX: Professional love is less and more than personal love.
SEVEN: Power exists in professional caring relationships, and you must manage it.
EIGHT: Your scars are your stories.
NINE: We all need a community.
TEN: Bloom where you’re planted.