PERMA Model for Teacher Wellbeing: Enhancing Emotional and Psychological Health in Education

Course Outline

A few words about the course: This course is an in-depth exploration of the PERMA model, a framework developed by psychologist Martin Seligman for wellbeing. PERMA stands for Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishments. It offers educators a comprehensive approach to enhancing their personal and professional wellbeing. Through this course, teachers will learn to cultivate a positive outlook, engage deeply in their work, build supportive relationships, find greater meaning in their teaching roles, and recognize their achievements. The aim is to empower educators to create a fulfilling and sustainable teaching career, positively impacting both their lives and those of their students.

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Course Modules

Module 1

Introduction to PERMA and its Significance in Education:

This module covers the basics of the PERMA model, its psychological background, and its relevance in the educational setting. Participants will explore how each element of PERMA can positively influence teaching and learning environments.

Module 2

Positive Emotions: Cultivating Happiness and Gratitude in Teaching:

Teachers will learn techniques to foster positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, and satisfaction in their daily teaching, contributing to a more enjoyable and fulfilling professional experience.

Module 3

Engagement: Finding Flow and Passion in Educational Practices:

This module focuses on helping teachers engage deeply in their work, finding flow in teaching activities, and aligning their professional activities with their personal interests and passions.

Module 4

Relationships: Building Supportive Networks in School Settings:

Participants will explore strategies for building and maintaining strong, supportive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents, fostering a positive school community.

Module 5

Meaning: Connecting Personal Values with Professional Goals:

Teachers will engage in activities that help them connect their personal values with their professional goals, leading to a more meaningful and purposeful teaching experience.

Module 6

Accomplishments: Recognizing and Celebrating Successes in Education:

This module will guide teachers in recognizing and celebrating their own achievements and those of their colleagues and students, reinforcing a sense of accomplishment.

Module 7

Integrating PERMA into Daily Teaching Practices:

Teachers will learn practical ways to integrate the PERMA model into their daily routines and teaching practices, ensuring a long-lasting impact on their wellbeing and teaching effectiveness.

Module 8

Creating a PERMA-focused School Culture:

This module aims to equip teachers with strategies to promote a school-wide culture that embraces the principles of the PERMA model, contributing to a positive and nurturing environment for all.

Module 9

Resilience in Teaching:

Teachers will explore methods to develop resilience, an essential skill in navigating the complexities and challenges of the teaching profession.

Module 10

Mindfulness and Self-Care in Education:

This module emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and self-care, teaching strategies for mental and emotional wellbeing, workload management, and maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal life.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the PERMA model and its relevance in enhancing teacher wellbeing and creating a positive educational environment.
  • Develop skills to cultivate and maintain positive emotions in the workplace, leading to increased personal happiness and job satisfaction.
  • Learn strategies for deeper engagement in teaching, resulting in heightened passion and fulfillment in professional duties.
  • Acquire techniques for building and nurturing supportive relationships within the school community, enhancing collaboration and mutual support.
  • Discover ways to integrate personal values and find greater meaning in the teaching profession, contributing to a sense of purpose.
  • Recognize personal and professional achievements, fostering a culture of acknowledgment and celebration in the school setting.
  • Apply the PERMA principles in day-to-day teaching and administrative practices, ensuring a sustainable impact on overall wellbeing.
  • Create strategies to promote resilience and adaptability in facing educational challenges.
  • Implement mindfulness and self-care practices to maintain mental, emotional, and physical health, balancing professional responsibilities with personal well-being.

Methods & Tools

The course will include interactive workshops, group discussions, case studies, role-playing, and reflective exercises.

Evaluation- feedback

Participants will be assessed through participation in activities, a reflective journal, and a final project presentation. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.