SHAPE America health education (HE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education health educators as well as other HE stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices grounded in a skills-based approach to teaching.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

Next Chat: March 2nd, 9 PM Eastern
Teacher Burnout, Demoralization and Self-Care Panelists: Judy LoBianco - @jlobianc, Kait Hall - @MrsKaitlynHall, Mary Jo Geddes - @tcmrsgeddes & Scott Todnem - @ScottAmpersand


Q1: According to the American Federation of Teachers, 61% of teachers reported that their jobs were always/often stressful. 58% of respondents cited poor mental health as a result of that stress. What does it mean to be burned-out? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q2: Why so many teachers leave the profession is one of the most often discussed topics in education. What do you feel are some of the major reasons for teacher demoralization? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q3: What dimension(s) of wellness are most challenging for you to maintain in your school day/week, etc? Please explain. #SHAPEHealthEd
Q4: Administrators want great teachers to enter, stay, and thrive in the profession, for themselves, their students, and their communities. What actions do you take to maintain your wellness? At work/home? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q5: Why is modeling & managing your self-care important to your students? What health skills do you practice that can be transferred into the classroom? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q6: Do you have any suggestions or tips on what can provide you a “wellness boost” to get through the longer parts of the school year? What can an educator do to stay fresh? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q7: What are some of the steps schools can take to help the re-moralization process? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q8: Does your school have a school-based employee wellness program? Maybe other teacher/staff groups meet to work on self-care? #SHAPEHealthEd

Panelists Bio:

Kaitlyn Hall is a Health and Wellness Education teacher at Parker Junior High in Flossmoor, Illinois. Kaitlyn is the 2016 IAHPERD TOY Young Professional Health Educator. Mrs. Hall has presented at state and national conferences advocating for health education.

Judy LoBianco is the Immediate Past President of SHAPE America. A supervisor for 16 years, Judy was recognized by Education Week in 2018 as a Leader to Learn From.  She is the President/CEO of HPE Solutions LLC and consults across the country. Judy is the co-author of the textbook “Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs” as well as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University and a Supervisor of student teachers at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She also serves NJAHPERD as the state coordinator of Health. Moves. Minds. 

Scott Todnem has been teaching Health Education since 2001 at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois. He was awarded the 2019 National Health Teacher of the Year. He is the author of “Growing Up Great”-- a puberty book for boys. He is releasing a second title for younger readers in summer of 2020. Scott travels the nation to speak about health education and related work. He has a passion for mental health awareness, social diversity work, and strength and conditioning.

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