5 Books to Inspire Teachers

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Teaching is one of the most demanding careers in the world. It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to connect with students to ensure an effective learning experience. In an article, Edutopia points out that between 17% to 44% of new teachers end up withdrawing from the teaching profession. Studies have shown that there is a clear connection between teachers burning out and attrition.

Even more so for the ones who have been teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic; they need the sanctity of a break — some time for rest and relaxation — to help alleviate the stress. Our previous article on ‘Honor the Break’ had great insights on how a teacher views a greatly needed break. If travel or a vacation is out of the question, reading a good book is also a great way to relax and shift away from the stresses of professional life. Here are five books to inspire teachers from around the globe:

Take Time for You by Tina Boogren

Take Time for You by Tina Boogren focuses on making a clear pathway towards achieving one’s overall well-being. It uses a scientific method based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The author shares great insights on how to develop a self-care plan by answering surveys and questions of self-reflection, and then designing an action plan to meet personal goals. This book is a must read for teachers who aspire towards better things.

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff

Psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff designed a step-by-step guide to self-compassion and making all your dreams come true. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff, discusses how the pursuit of high self-esteem may be likened to a virtual religion. The constant goal to be above average, to be better, more successful and more attractive is never-ending.

Dr. Neff’s expertise in self-compassion helps people heal their own destructive emotional patterns. She provides advice on how to convert these feelings to healthy and positively-driven emotions, which increases productivity and satisfaction.

The Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care by Sarah Forst

In The Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care the author offers her advice to teachers on how to design self-care routines based on her personal experiences. It’s a comprehensive guide, and is meant to be a powerful resource filled with concrete examples and self-reflection questions.

Some key takeaways are:

  • Assess your current self-care status
  • Create a self-care plan
  • Set boundaries
  • Learn powerful affirmations
  • Reflect and set self-care goals
  • Learn strategies for physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being

A Little Guide for Teachers by Adrian Bethune and Emma Kell

A Little Guide for Teachers is a book where two authors share advice on a teacher’s well-being and self-care. They believe well-being is crucial in order to be an effective teacher and offer practical tools to take control while in a classroom. This is an easy read, and has interactive activities and fun illustrations to pass the time.

Educator Wellness by Timothy Kanold and Tina Boogren

Educator Wellness was developed as a reflective journal and guidebook. The authors offer a deep exploration into one’s mind in order to develop habits of wellness. The ideas of the book focuses on observing the importance of self-care, making a commitment to daily self-care, engaging in self-care activities, designing a personalized wellness plan, and monitoring self-care progress.

Teaching is a demanding profession. These five books can help educate our teachers how to take care of themselves better and avoid exhaustion. With the important advice in the above resources, teachers will then be inspired to keep the passion alive to continue educating students towards a better, brighter future

Aimee Erica