Teaching Well looks at creating a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle primarily by reducing the time spent working outside the classroom. It looks at how embracing a healthy lifestyle is not only beneficial to educators but to students, classrooms, and schools. The primary focus of the book is why we must put our wellness as a priority and how to reduce the amount of time we spend working outside of school hours so that we are able to create that healthy life. Since I am a Humanities teacher there are many examples of how this would look in a Language Arts class, although many of the principles could be applied to other subject areas.

In essence, this book is for you if:

  • You feel guilty about spending time with your family; going to the gym; or eating lunch; or taking a shower; or breathing—because you have lessons to plan and papers to mark.
  • You have always wanted to play the trombone. Or write a novel. Or learn Portuguese. But you haven’t because your “free time” consists of the 30 seconds between crawling into bed after a long day of work and falling asleep.
  • You consider it completely normal to go into work when it is dark outside and leave work when it is dark outside. You remain positive by reassuring yourself that you could always play the role of an extra in a vampire thriller.
  • “Winter break” and “spring break” are code for “time to catch up on my marking and plan for the next term.”
  • You have begun to accept that you spend more time with your red marking pen than you do with your best friend. And the idea of a “late night out” usually involves you and a stack of essays at a local coffee shop.
  • You collect assignments from students that are so awful that halfway through marking you want to return them. Or burn them.
  • You are an experienced teacher facing burnout. You want to ignite energy and passion into your own life as well as into your classroom.
  • You are a new teacher and are completely flipping out at the number of assignments that need to be created, collected, and graded in a school year and consequently are thinking you should go into accounting instead.
  • You have to leave photographs of yourself around the house labelled “MOM” or “DAD” so that your children can remember what you look like during the school year.

If you can relate to any (or all) of the above hypothetical situations, you have come to the right place.

Teaching Well is now available through Pembroke Publishers.