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Self-care for Educators with Mindfulness



Abstract:  The human touch is critical to our wellbeing. In times of social distancing, online virtual meetings may seem to provide an alternative to face-to-face communication, but there are many challenges that can be facilitated by self-care. Participants of self-care for educators with mindfulness awareness practice will develop and strengthen a growth mindset to help face life and work related challenges with a caring attitude to the people they love and care for and their students. Participants will learn about the brain, self-care, and how to develop a mindfulness awareness practice. 


Target audience

Teachers of all age groups. 



Session objectives: "By the end of this session, participants will have...

  1. teamed up and collaborated with peers 
  2. a better understanding of what "self-care" means
  3. practiced presenting on various aspects of self-care on ZOOM to peers.
  4. understood the relationship between the left and right hemispheres and self-care.  
  5. understood and practiced mindfulness awareness 
  6. learned techniques on how to self-care




Week 1: (January 11 - 17) Getting Acquainted 


Participants will get acquainted with the platform, the tech tools to be used in the session, team up, and discuss how they practice self-care.


Read the following articles and watch the video below before you respond:



Discussion Forum

  1. Why is self-care important for educators?
  2. How do you self-care? 


Week 2: (January 18 - 24) The Brain 


Participants will learn about the two hemispheres of the brain, the effects of mindfulness on the brain, and how the two hemispheres relate to self-care. They will share the information and discuss practical ways of applying the information to themselves and to their students in and out of the classroom.


The purpose of the research is for participants to gain a better understanding of the brain and why knowing about the brain and applying the knowledge gained will improve self-care for the teacher and the students in and out of the classroom and improve the quality of instruction and learning.


Week 3: (January 25 - 31) Breathing and Mindfulness 


Participants will discuss the body and mind connection and practice the body scan to learn how to face circumstances that come our way and let go of the need to hold on to the stories that accompany them. Learning to take time off to be with oneself in the present is the key to letting letting go. The focus will be taking time off to be present in the present by following a mindfulness practice of breathing.  


Week 4: (February 1 - 7) Compassion and Gratitude 

The practice of Mindfulness and loving kindness helps us take care of ourselves, so we can be in a better position to help others. In this section, participants will learn about and practice self-compassion, self-kindness, and gratitude in and out of the classroom. They will also practice gratitude and how to show compassion and kindness to others. 



Week 5: (February 8 - 14)  Showcase and Reflect


Participants will use Vimeo, Flipgrid, Screencast-o-matic, Presentations and Wakelet, Padlet, Miro or any other curation platform to showcase their work and reflect on the experience.  




  • Moodle
  • ZOOM 


Other technology tools:


  1. Vimeo https://vimeo.com
  2. Screencast-o-matic https://screencast-o-matic.com 
  3. Canva  https://www.canva.com
  4. Wakelet https://wakelet.com
  5. Miro https://miro.com
  6. Padlet https://padlet.com 
  7. Google (docs, slides, forms) https://drive.google.com 
  8. ZOOM https://zoom.us
  9. Jitsi (in the course) 



Suggested sponsor(s): TESOL 


Join this session


Registration starts on Jan 3, 2021. 


To join this EVO session:


From January 3 - 10.


  1. Go to: http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=315
  2. Log in the first and each time by clicking on one of the following social icons: Facebook, Microsoft, or Gmail on the login page: Login in with Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft 
  3. Enrol in https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=315  


If you need further help on how to log in, please watch the following video:

How to Sign Up and Login (video)




Sponsor:  CALL-IS


Moderators: Fill in the table on the page you have created for all session moderators and co-moderators. You can change or add to the list later. Co-moderators are expected to take part in the training session along with moderators.


Name (last, first)

Email address

(country of residence)

(max. 50 words) 


Deutsch, Nellie



Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D. is a Canadian long distance teacher, runner, and healer. She has been teaching EFL in the public school system and at universities for over 40 years. Her teaching expertise include junior high school (ages 12-15) team leadership and adult teacher development. She also practices mindfulness, the Alexander Technique, the Paula Method, and Reiki in and out of the classroom. 

Vohra, Poonam poonam19.online@gmail.com India

Poonam Vohra has a postgraduate degree in Economics and in Education; earned a number of certificates relating to technology and education. She is a keen learner, a passionate teacher, and possesses a rich teaching experience of more than 25 years. She has been adopting customised processes to enhance student learning. She has been designing courses for online teaching and believes in adopting pragmatic and flexible approach                                in handling changes, constantly updates skills  for and practices mindfulness under all circumstances. 


Primary Contact: 

Nellie Deutsch





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