Teaching is a complex profession with constant challenges such as excessive workloads and emotional overload. The need to continually adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and needs can make it particularly difficult to ensure one’s daily well-being. And yet countless teachers, despite having faced various obstacles while performing their job, are still passionate and optimistic. This begs the question: how we can manage an ongoing emotional load while best adapting to the daily problems we encounter? How can we evoke a sense of well-being while teaching, and what can we do to stay passionate while looking for meaning in our profession? How can we maximize our potential to persevere? This session will address the matter of well-being and passion among teachers. It will consider how to foster well-being in the workplace by highlighting the strengths and skills teachers can use to adopt a more positive outlook towards the various situations they face in academic environments. Lastly, it will propose strategies to foster greater workplace motivation and support for a positive professional identity.
Professor and Researcher, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Nancy Goyette, Ph. D., is a professor and researcher in the Educational Studies department at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Her work touches on well-being in the teaching profession, identity-building among teachers, and goodwill in educational institutions. One of her areas of interest is the psychopedagogy of well-being, which studies the impact of the teaching and learning of well-being on teachers, students, and the academic setting. One of her projects, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), examines the identity-building process that promotes well-being among new teachers during their school-to-work transition. She is co-editor of the collective work Le bien-être en enseignement : tensions entre espoirs et déceptions (“Well-Being in Teaching: Tensions Between Hope and Disappointment”) and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and the Regroupement québécois de psychologie positive. Nancy Goyette also strives to share scientific knowledge in this realm, particularly regarding education; she accomplishes this via national and international conferences, positive psychology webinars, and social media content. She also popularizes scientific knowledge with her YouTube channel, Le LABE de Dr Nancy Goyette, Ph. D., where she discusses various concepts regarding well-being in educational institutions. Acknowledging that continuing education is a fundamental phase of professional development in the education sector, she has created a new graduate microprogram on the psychopedagogy of well-being in the educational sphere at UQTR. The purpose of the program is to train various actors in the education sector to better teach and support learners of well-being in educational institutions.