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You’ve probably heard the advice “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” This is true both in airplanes and in classrooms—you have to take care of yourself before you can help someone else.
If teachers are stressed out and exhausted, how can they have the patience, positive energy, and enthusiasm to provide the best instruction for students? Author Mike Anderson asked that question as a teacher himself, and the answers he found form the basis of The Well-Balanced Teacher.
He found that teachers need to take care of themselves in five key areas to keep themselves in shape to care for their students.
In addition to paying proper attention to their basic needs for nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, and emotional and spiritual refreshment, teachers also need
Anderson devotes a chapter to each of these needs, describing in frank detail his own struggles and offering a multitude of practical tips to help readers find solutions that will work for them.
When teachers find ways to take care of their own needs, they will be healthier and happier, and they will have the positive energy and stamina needed to help their students learn and grow into healthy adults.
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"After Anderson backs up all of these ideas with some truly wonderful research, he then starts to unwrap them one at a time and gives several, yes SEVERAL, different methods of application for each… A perfect read!"
—Paula Kay Glass, Educator, Atlanta, GA
This review first appeared in The Educator's Room blog
MIKE ANDERSON is an education consultant who works with schools and districts to help facilitate great teaching and learning. He was a public school classroom teacher for 15 years and then a Responsive Classroom presenter, consultant, and developer for more than six years.
classroom management | teacher motivation | teachers | student teacher relationship | reflective teaching
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