Ep 108: Things That Matter & The Emotional Lives of Teachers

Get ready to be deeply moved. In this eye-opening episode, Meg has a heartfelt conversation with Gabbie Stroud, the author of The Things That Matter Most, a heartfelt book that vividly portrays the emotional lives of teachers.

Gabbie’s narrative transcends the ordinary, offering a rare glimpse into the very soul of education. Through the raw, unfiltered experiences of fictional characters, you get to embark on an emotional journey, unveiling the intricate web of human connection that defines the teaching profession.

This episode isn’t just about teaching; it’s about empathy, resilience, and the impact one person can have on another.

**This conversation includes book spoilers, so if you haven’t read it yet, you might want to catch up before tuning in.**

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ The emotional lives of teachers

▫️ Why creating space for reflection and connection matters.

▫️ What are the things that matter.

▫️ And so much more.

You can quote us on that…

“We need to better understand the work that we ask teachers to do.”

Gabbie Stroud

“Our schools and teachers are in crisis… we need to better understand what’s happening out there so that we can improve.”

Gabbie Stroud

“Context matters; because everything works somewhere, but it doesn’t always work everywhere.”

Gabbie Stroud


Gabbie Stroud – Website | Instagram | Book

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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