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Teacher Wellness

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  • How Preschool Teachers Can Benefit From Mindful Thinking

    Mindful thinking helps teachers become more attuned to their needs and the needs of students and families.
    Sarika S. Gupta
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  • For Teachers, It’s Been a Year

    We asked educators to call in and let it all out, wax poetic, or sound off about their experiences teaching during the pandemic—here’s what they had to say.
  • 7 Ways to Identify and Overcome Self-Criticism

    How you think about yourself matters to your teaching practice, and these tips can help you persevere through moments of self-doubt.
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  • 6 Things to Consider Before Leaving Teaching

    The demands of teaching can definitely take a toll—to the point that you might feel like you need a change. But before you make that decision, it’s important to make a clear assessment. 
    228
  • Phrases You Can Keep Handy to Say ‘No’ Clearly

    Many teachers are tempted to take on too much at school, but setting firm boundaries is a responsible way to make the work sustainable.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
  • 5 Ways School Leaders Can Work to Prevent Teacher Burnout

    Retaining teachers can be a challenge, especially now, but focusing on making the workload more manageable helps.
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  • Teachers (and Students) Can Only Take So Much

    Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back.
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  • Under the careful watch of principal Keith Moore (r) and a staffer, in-person learning resumes for the first time since March at Campbell Elementary in Austin.

    Schools, Not Teachers, Must Reduce Stress and Burnout—Here’s How

    Educators’ health and well-being should be prioritized in school culture; school leaders can help create the conditions for that.
    35.1k
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    Defending a Teacher’s Right to Disconnect

    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
    20k
  • A Simple Tool to Help Teachers Regulate Their Emotions

    In a year that’s bringing a lot of stress, this tool is no cure-all, but it can help teachers keep their emotions in check.
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  • Illustration of a person contemplating a maze it their head

    Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

    Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
    44.3k
  • A side profile of a young woman. Part of her face is comprised of triangles that are breaking off of her face.

    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
    126.7k
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    Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change

    Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard.
    52.1k
  • Short Breaks Help Students—and Teachers—Find Their Calm

    Simple, quick exercises improve mindfulness, self-regulation, and well-being, for both students and teachers.
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