Well-being: theory and practice for beginning geography teachers

Clarke, E., Thompson, S. and Quickfall, A. (2022) Well-being: theory and practice for beginning geography teachers. In: Mentoring Geography Teachers in the Secondary School A Practical Guide. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367743222

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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes (including the one-year PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), which all of the authors teach on) have often been described by trainees as a rollercoaster. Emotional peaks and troughs are experienced by almost all trainees to a range of degrees and many express their time in ITE and the early years of their careers as the toughest of their life. Well-being and stress-management issues for those in training and early in their careers are often significant, with non-linear and high-stakes struggles - emotionally, financially and academically – common for many (Birchinall et al., 2019). This chapter will consider well-being for beginning geography teachers, exploring potential sources of challenge and providing practical guidance for mentors supporting well-being which is underpinned by our own empirical research, alongside the wider literature on supporting mentors and other staff in school who are engaged in mentoring practices. In particular, this chapter aims to: ● introduce recent research in well-being for trainee and early career teachers, with a particular focus on geography teaching; ● share the well-being see-saw and how it can be used to support mentees; ● consider how reflecting on challenges and resources for beginning geography teachers can be supportive and develop strategies for positive well-being; and ● discuss key steps that can be taken to develop and maintain positive well-being for mentees.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2022. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Mentoring Geography Teachers in the Secondary School. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Aimee Quickfall
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 10:41
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 10:49
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/922

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