The Way of the Teacher: A Path for Personal Growth and Professional Fulfillment

The Way of the Teacher: A Path for Personal Growth and Professional Fulfillment


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The Way of the Teacher is the first comprehensive resource to support the full range of personal qualities needed for teachers to create safe and caring classrooms and develop an authentic presence acting with compassion, insight, and integrity. Research has confirmed that personal growth is the foundation for professional fulfillment and increases student achievement yet few books exist which support teachers in this holistic way. This book is suitable for a broad audience including new and experienced teachers, pre-service teachers and university and college faculty in education programs as well teacher book clubs and school staffs."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475832686
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/31/2016
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sandra Finney, in her lifetime in education, has had many roles including public school teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher educator at all times working to support students’ overall well being, cross cultural understanding, and critical and creative thinking abilities. She is the author of Strong Spirits, Kind Hearts: Helping Students Develop Inner Strength, Resilience, and Meaning.

Jane Thurgood Sagal has served as a teacher, educational administrator, and curriculum leader in the K-12 education sector for over 34 years. In her previous publication, Shifting Horizons of Understanding: How Teachers Interpret Curriculum in Their Practice, she demonstrates her commitment to collaborative engagement with others and the inclusion of a diversity of voices in her work.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Part I To Know the Self 5

1 A Way of Being 7

2 Understanding Our Essential Mystery 13

3 Remembering Our Purpose 17

4 Being Present 21

5 Honoring Our Suffering 27

6 Trusting Our Inner Knowledge 33

7 Practicing Self-compassion 39

8 Reflecting on Our Practice 45

Part II To Imbue Our Challenges with Heart 51

9 Preserving Our Integrity 53

10 Working Well with Curriculum Requirements 57

11 Strengthening Our Resilience 63

12 Using Technology Wisely 69

13 Reducing Our Stress 75

14 Harmonizing Our Personal and Professional Lives 81

15 Creating Positive Energy in the Classroom 87

16 Writing Our Teaching Life 93

Part III To Enrich and Deepen Our Being 99

17 Opening the Mind 101

18 Nurturing Our Love of Learning 107

19 Discovering the Beauty that Makes Us Whole 113

20 Bringing Forth Our Creativity 119

21 Finding Flow 123

22 Having a Hopeful Spirit 129

23 Increasing Happiness in Daily Life 135

24 Experiencing Joy 141

Part IV To Strengthen Our Bonds with Others, and the Natural World 145

25 Teaching with Kindness 147

26 Keeping a Sense of Humour 153

27 Cultivating a Classroom Community 159

28 Supporting Teacher Voice 165

29 Sharing and Learning with Others 171

30 Seeking Nature, Outside and Indoors 177

31 Knowing the Earth Knows Us 181

32 Extending Kindness and Compassion to all Beings 185

Parting Thoughts 189

Appendix A Mindfulness: A Short Primer 191

Appendix B Negative Thoughts and Common Thinking Errors 197

Appendix C Sample Personal-Professional Development Plans 201

Appendix D Understanding Emotional and Spiritual Needs 205

Appendix E How Connected to Nature Are You? 207

References 209

About the Authors 215

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