Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018 M05 8 - 384 pages

A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching

Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms—places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged. This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back—and work toward banishing the rain for good.

This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. You’ll learn how a simple shift in mindset can affect your outlook, and how taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important things you can do. The companion workbook helps you put the framework into action, streamlining your way toward renewal and strength.

  • Cultivate resilience with a four-part framework based on 12 key habits
  • Uncover your true self, understand emotions, and use your energy where it counts
  • Adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building
  • Keep learning, playing, and creating to create an environment of collective celebration

By cultivating resilience in schools, we help ensure that we are working in, teaching in, and leading organizations where every child thrives, and where the potential of every child is recognized and nurtured. Onward provides a step-by-step plan for reigniting that spark.

 

Contents

Introduction
1
What Informs This Book?
10
A Calendar of Learning
17
Dominant Culture
34
Purposefulness
40
What Are Emotions?
47
This Body We Live In
56
August
69
Learn About Learning So That You Can Learn
223
Sad Sundays and How to Stop Having Them
234
A Dive into Shame
242
Why We Need to Play Every Day
249
Where Play Can Take Us
255
A Dive into Flow
261
April
267
The Secret to Leading Change
278

Storytelling for Collective Empowerment
83
Why Focus on Community Building?
96
A Dive into Fear
119
Mindfulness as a Tool for Cultural Competence
134
November
147
Learn to Say No
164
Positive SelfPerception
169
A StrengthsBased Approach
175
Training the Brain
181
Leadership Development Matters
187
Look for the Light
194
SelfCompassion
204
Forgiving Yourself and Others
211
Love Is the Only Way
217
A Dive into Patience
284
The Benefits of Appreciation
291
Its Okay to Go
300
A Dive into Awe and Wonder
306
The Movement
314
How to Make Lasting Change
323
The Core Emotions
329
Common Problematic Core Beliefs
337
Acknowledgments
353
References
359
Index
365
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367
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ELENA AGUILAR is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an educational consulting group that works around the world supporting educators to meet the needs of children. She is the author of The Art of Coaching and The Art of Coaching Teams and a longtime contributor to Edutopia and EdWeek.

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