SEL Strategies to Enhance Happiness

EP 11 Peyton Curley: SEL Strategies to Enhance Your Happiness


In this episode, I’m interviewing a former teacher and business owner of The Social Emotional Teacher, Peyton Curley. Peyton shares her strategies for mindfulness and examining your own social emotional competencies in the classroom to become a happier teacher. 

Listen to the episode in the podcast player below, or find it on Apple Podcast or Spotify.

(0:41) Introducing Peyton Curley
(1:58) Introduction to Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
(5:03) Self-awareness is the starting place for SEL
(6:25) Take time for self-care
(8:12) It’s okay to be honest with your students
(12:38) Teacher guilt
(14:06) SEL can transform the classroom for teachers and students
(15:59) Gratefulness
(16:40) What is a mindfulness practice?
(18:32) Teaching mindfulness to students
(22:20) The Social Emotional Teacher
(26:58) “Growth Mindset Workbook for Students”

SEL Strategies to Enhance Happiness

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Help for managing teacher stress & burnout

Too many teachers downplay their mental health struggles thinking it’s just “new teacher jitters” or part of the position. My final year of teaching at a toxic school environment completely broke me. After walking away from that experience and finding happiness, I was shocked at how conditioned/numb I had become to being consistently unwell.

You should not feel intense dread about your career on a daily basis, period. If you are miserable more often than happy, let’s try to find solutions to support you:

Recommended reading: The Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care by Sarah Forst. You can also listen to Podcast Episode 14, where Sarah shares actionable advice on how to implement self-care into your routine.

Blog Post: Stress Management for Teachers; 5 Strategies to Implement Today

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Finally, if you’re struggling day-to-day it may be worth it to look into a therapist. Get started today with TalkSpace, a private, online therapy with flexible plans to meet your needs.

And if managing stress brought on by teaching isn’t enough, it may be time to look into alternative careers. If you’re at a loss when it comes to figuring out your options, check out our free quiz below for customized suggestions teachers transitioning out of the classroom.

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