So after 3 days of what can only be described as a STEEP learning curve and intense IT overload I have now created my blog and here’s my first blog post! I’m excited to see how this is going to grow and develop….
CONNECTEDNESS AS A PROTECTIVE FACTOR:
The main theme that came through for me from the CEGSA conference and attending George Couros’ masterclass on Tuesday was the importance of being connected. Obviously the focus at the conference was in terms of social networking but I wanted to address connectedness in relation to wellbeing for teachers and how it can serve as a protective factor and actually boost resilience. Howard and Johnson’s research (UniSA, 2004) found parallels between student and teacher experiences with strong support groups being a key feature in those who were resilient and able to ‘bounce back’ from adverse circumstances. More notably and of particular relevance to those in South Australia at the moment is Thinker in Residence Martin Seligman’s notion of connectedness in boosting resilience. Seligman’s PERMA theory (the R being for relationships) is one of the essential elements of wellbeing he identifies as creating a flourishing state in individuals, writing “other people are the best antidote to the downs of life and the single most reliable up” (pg 20, 2011).
What other benefits of being connected to others do you see?