Know Plan Do: Ready & Steady for Teaching During Covid-19

 

Hello brave amazing educators! I’m Dyan and I have been working with teachers and students in schools for a decade and I see the challenges you face everyday and I can help you feel better at work!

If you haven’t worked with (or even heard of) an occupational therapist or OT, well you’ve been missing out! No really! As a profession we are all about function and figuring out what you need to be able to do and finding the best ways to get you doing it! How can I help you go through your day to day life with more ease and success?

I have been an occupational therapist for 23 years and I have a unique skill set thanks to my first 13 years in the profession. During that time I worked with people who had experienced a traumatic event in the workplace and my role was to support them in returning to work. I would work with each person and their employer to problem solve potential barriers and find solutions that worked to get back in the game!  Working with many different employers and professions gave me the opportunity to hone the skill of looking for road blocks to moving past the trauma and paving the way to being more productive and effective at work.

Looking for a change I started working as an OT in schools. I enjoy working with kids and helping them with the challenges they experience in their “work” of learning. But I soon realized that if I really truly wanted to help students, I would need to support educators. I would lay awake at night thinking about how I could best support teachers and educational assistants and basically all the people in schools that show up day in and day out for the next generation of people who with the gift of an education can and will make the world a better place for all of us.

For the last 5 years I have been supporting educators with their mental health and physical wellness. Working in schools and classrooms presents unique challenges and everyday I’m amazed by all that educators do for their students and their school community. I don’t think I know one educator that has not experienced a trauma of some degree in the workplace. Educating our youth is more than a profession – it’s a calling and these everyday heroes known as educators deserve the best support! This was absolutely true before Covid-19 and especially now with our educators braving the classroom amid a global pandemic.

Know, Plan, Do: Ready and Steady for Teaching During Covid-19 was created to help educators navigate this unique and challenging experience.  

My goals are:

  • To provide educators with simple effective tools and strategies to manage the stress of teaching during Covid-19.
  • To illustrate how to use these tools for themselves and within their classrooms to bring as much calm and stability into their daily life right now!
  • To help educators create a personal pandemic wellness plan that will ensure they are able to rise to the challenge and stay in the game of educating our children while feeling resilient and able to roll with the uncertainty of whatever may come.

If you know you need to put in place a plan to stay mentally well and strong, this is the year to do it! Get ready and steady for this next school year with Know, Plan, Do and let me give you the support you deserve for doing the work you do for our children, our communities and our world!

KNOW, PLAN, DO – WHAT IS IT?

TEN VIDEO MODULES

Each video will help to shift your mindset from fear and anxiety to calm and capable.

 

 

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PANDEMIC WELLNESS PLAN

Using the template, develop your own personal Pandemic Wellness Plan document.

QUESTIONS AND PROMPTS

Worksheets to help you explore worried thoughts, self-care practices, boundaries and other important tools you need to stay well.

DAILY PRACTICE TEMPLATE

Create a sustainable, simple daily wellness practice that keeps you going when things get hard.

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The videos will get you on your way but if you want to explore a concept more deeply additional links on each topic are included.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

This year more than ever we need to lean on each other. Individual support is optional and available.

+ BONUS 1 Set the Tone Classroom Ideas which includes goals, conversation topics, expectations and what not to say and why. 

When you purchase before August 31, 2020

+ BONUS 2 Top 10 Classroom Ideas to Calm the Chaos which includes links to free resources.  

When you purchase before August 31, 2020

+ BONUS 3 Four Social Emotional Learning Objectives with lesson plans to develop them in all grades .  

When you purchase before August 31, 2020

Know, Plan, Do online course with all 3 BONUS only $59!

Available for purchase August 16, 2020

Group rates available. For more information get in touch here!

Want the course, the bonuses and a 1 hour session of individual support with me? Give yourself the additional support of working with an occupational therapist who understands the unique challenges that come with working in today’s classrooms. Together we will develop a plan that will incorporate ways to embed wellness activities throughout your day, both in  and out of the classroom. Cost is 179.00 and yes you are worth it!

This all sounds great But…

Is this online course really going to help me manage the stress?

There is the saying you get what you put into it and so YES if you use the tools and strategies provided you will feel better! If you want to know more and understand why, review the questions and answers below! Also, check out some of the testimonials on the home page from previous course participants.

I don’t have time to learn anything new, I'm crazy busy already!

If you have 2 hours you can do this…take a weekend morning and instead of scrolling through social media for bad news and anxiety provoking headlines, take time to feel better.

How long will it take me to do the course?

I know how busy teachers are! I designed this course to be concise and to fit into a busy schedule. Each video module is under 7 minutes and so it will take you about an hour to complete all the videos. Each module has worksheets or prompts that can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on where you are on your self-care journey. The Pandemic Wellness Plan template should take anywhere from 30- 60 minutes to complete. So plan to set aside at least 2.5 hours minimum.

I’m already overwhelmed with all the back to school planning.

When you feel better you think better. Your mind is clearer and you are more efficient at problem solving and planning. A calm body and an anxious mind will never hang out together. Get feeling better physically and mentally first and the planning will come.

I’ve tried to incorporate self care and I always fail.

I’ve been there. I’ve tried and failed and tried again. I’ve built in strategies to help this be a self-care success for you. Learn from my mistakes and together this time will be better. We can’t do this alone. 

I feel hopeless and angry and anxious. How can one course make a difference?

Of course you feel this way! These are tricky and trying times. We have never gone through something like this before and if you didn’t feel some of these things I would be seriously worried that

a) you are in terrible denial or

b) you are incapable of feeling any emotions.

But you are a big-hearted caring educator who signed up to care and teach other people’s children and that is something only certain people are able to do. This is a calling and not just a job. And in order to do it well you are a person who feels things deeply and cares about others!

Here’s the thing…we are all feeling this and this course can help us navigate those feelings, shift our mindset and feel ready to show up to support others. It’s a start on the journey of teaching this year!

Do I need to complete the course before school starts?

The course was designed to help you get ready and steady before being back in class with students. But life happens and the best laid plans get messed up. Once you purchase the course, it’s yours to keep forever and ever! So you can do it anytime that it works for you.

What if I want more support? What options are available?

If you don’t want to go it alone and would like more individualized support, I’m here to help.  We can book a session to work through the modules and create your Pandemic Wellness Plan together. The cost for an individual session is $120/hour.

Does this course take the place of other mental health support?

Ummmm absolutely not! I am a big believer in wrap around support! You are a front line worker for our kids! You should have ALL the mental and physical health supports you need to stay your best! I encourage everyone who has a job with high stress levels or a life with uncertainties to access the professional help they need to stay well. This course will help you start the process of ensuring that your mental health and wellness needs are front and center in your mind. But working with a professional such as a registered psychologist, social worker or accredited counselor is always a good idea during the tough times (and I think this time counts as a tough one!). Not to mention support groups and spiritual leaders. Find the additional supports out there for you!

So one more time in case you missed it! This course does not replace professional mental health support. If you are experiencing mental health challenges please reach out to your family doctor or other medical professions to guide you to next steps and individualized mental health recommendations. You are not alone and you don’t have to do this on your own!

Know, Plan, Do online course with all 3 BONUSES for $59!

Available for purchase August 16, 2020

Group rates available. For more information get in touch here!

Want the course, the bonuses and a 1 hour session of individual support with me? Give yourself the additional support of working with an occupational therapist who understands the unique challenges that come with working in today’s classrooms. Together we will develop a plan that will incorporate ways to embed wellness activities throughout your day, both in  and out of the classroom. Cost is 179.00 and yes you are worth it!

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