If you're like many teachers, your day is busy, demanding, even chaotic. But just because you live in a fast-paced, always-on world, doesn't mean your life has to feel rushed and crazy. In The Zen Teacher, educator, blogger, and speaker Dan Tricarico provides practical, easy-to-use techniques to help teachers slow down and create a sense of focus, simplicity, and tranquility in the classroom - and in life.
As a teacher, you have incredible power to influence, even improve, the future. By being at your best - unrushed and fully focused - you ensure that every interaction with your students is beneficial, for them and for you.
If you're new to the concept of Zen, don't worry. In this introductory guide, Dan Tricarico explains what it means to develop a Zen practice - something that has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with your ability ability to thrive in the classroom.
The Zen Teacher will help you:
Maximize your performance while lowering your stress.
Transform your classroom and experience a better quality of life.
Focus on things that really matter and let go of things you can't control.
Find time to take care of yourself, so you can be at your best!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I may have picked this book up at just the right time in my life. When you're a teacher or administrator or in any part of education, there's a lot of pressure from every direction. It seems that satisfying the needs of legislatures and data and committees all take precedence over the needs of your individual school. And the needs of your principal and PLC sometimes override what's best for your students (the reason we do anything, supposedly). And we take care of students before we take care of ourselves. All of that is inverted. Dan Tricarico aims to help us fix that. Using principals of Zen, helping us through meditation, mindfulness, and self-care, Tricarico leads us toward a serenity. A peace. A "quiet mind." This is what I've been missing. In the classroom or in a cubicle, the pressure to perform has us so frenzied that we're losing sight of ourselves. In taking care of everyone else, we're neglecting our own needs, and that's not healthy. And it will eventually have consequences for our classroom, our students, and probably our home life. I loved this book. He builds Zen novices up with baby steps, and helps us focus on what's most important. I don't know what I was expecting, but this just went to the top of my recommendation list for teachers, and for non-teachers at well. If you're in the need for some healing in the middle of the school year, this could be what you're looking for.