Teaching Well: How healthy, empowered teachers lead to thriving, successful classrooms
Have you felt this way?
- 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 consider it completely normal to go into work when it is dark outside and leave work when it is dark outside.
- You want to ignite energy and passion into your own life as well as into your classroom.
- You’re feeling burned/burnt out.
- You’re able to take care of your physical and mental health on a daily basis.
- You had the time to do the things that fill your soul.
- Your own mental and physical health has a positive impact on your classroom and your students.
- You are able to cultivate a culture of wellness within your school and your family.
Teaching Well includes practical step-by-step guidelines on how to make your wellness a priority.
Chapter 1: The Need for Change.
Ideas on how to make teacher wellness a part of our school culture.
Chapter 2: Why Wellness?
Plans for creating a healthy classroom environment and promoting creativity in our students through our own wellness practices.
Chapter 3: The Benefits of Collaboration.
Solutions on how to work smarter, not harder with the help of co-workers.
Chapter 4: Thriving Classrooms.
A step-by-step guide on how to identify ineffective lessons. How we can maximize student learning while decreasing the amount of time we spend on assessment.
Chapter 5: Preps and After-School Time.
Guidelines on optimizing our time during preps and after-school.
Chapter 6: Shifting Expectations.
How to transform the way we view teachers – and their roles – as a society.
Teaching Well is for...
- Teachers who are struggling to find time for their own mental and physical health.
- Teachers feeling overwhelmed and anxious with their work and assessment load.
- Teachers who would like to spend more time outside of work with their family and friends.
Teaching Well is not the book for you if…
- You’ve already achieved a healthy work-life balance.
- You consistently have time for daily self-care.
- Your wellness practices are reflected in the quality of your teaching and classroom experience.
About the Author
I’m a 4th-generation educator within a family of teachers. I received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Colorado State University and a master’s in art education from the University of Georgia with an emphasis on language acquisition through visual arts. I became certified in gifted education and English as a second language.
Because of my family’s legacy and my own commitment to education, I have immense hope in it, and an intense desire to see teachers’ working conditions improved. I’ve presented in workshops on gifted education, fine arts, language arts, language acquisition, and teacher wellness both in the US and Canada.
I am the creator of the Working Mom Wellness Podcast and the Working Mom Wellness Facebook Community.