Ensuring Personal Wellbeing

Jessica Wall
16th November 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in Connected and Effective (Leading)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

I am an Advanced practitioner working 1:1 with ½ the teaching teams as a support function, Team CPD.
Ability to effectively communicate wellbeing courses online
Taught in community learning for 13 years and also in private sector schools
Also a trainer in leadership skills and communication
I currently teach wellbeing courses to various members of the... more

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on Connected and Effective)

From this module I focussed firstly on myself and my physical and digital wellbeing.
Recently I have had to visit a physiotherapist due to a pain in my leg. In part this is due to working from home, lack of movement and too long in one position on an inadequate seat. I was aware that a lot of my colleagues may be doing the same and that is part of the wellbeing that I am focussing on... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to Connected and Effective practices?

I am building in a quiz to the start of my initial assessments to ask learners what their learning conditions are like at home: what technical devices they are using, what they are sitting on etc. Once we audit the learners' circumstances, we could make tweaks and emphasise good posture and hand position.
I do not think this learning will be a totally new experience, but a... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

I have been building in more time dedicated to learners doing their own work and research - this means that, although some research will be online, they will be engaging differently with their screen and will also have more flexibility in their positioning, will be able to take a movement break more easily and will change their eye focus.
The added benefit is that their independent work... more

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

The learners really appreciated the flexibility. I saw ALL learners immediately embark upon their research and I was there to ask them to take a break as well as doing the work. They also liked having something to feedback and enjoyed the flipped nature of the learning.
I think another tweak will be to build in other activities which are away from the screen altogether. For example,... more

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

This adaptation was something I was working on anyway but the modules have led to it having more substance, looking not only at mental well being but also physical - emphasis on the body posture as well. It has also influenced how I ask the learners to think of different methods of learning - not just online.

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to Connected and Effective, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

I have been posting regularly on the Advanced Practitioner top tips Teams chat thread about posture and checking equipment. I have also shared tips about asking learners to have a break to do their own learning and get away from screens.
During the design of our new course, I have been working collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that workload is divided and therefore resources... more

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

To talk about this topic at the next team meeting - in my guise of AP and also the Workplace Health Champion, I am in an idea place to bring this to the table and raise further awareness of how to look after yourself and really monitor practice

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