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Practicing Presence

  • Title:Practicing Presence: Simple Self-care Strategies for Teachers
  • Author:Lisa Lucas
  • Publication Date:December 2017
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781625311917
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Most teachers enter the field of education to make a difference in children’s lives. But many end up, as author Lisa Lucas puts it, “tired, wired, and running in circles.” This leads to many new teachers abandoning the profession or to burnout among veteran teachers.

Drawing upon her own experiences, Lisa has written a book to help you more successfully manage the frustration of feeling overwhelmed. Written in an informal, conversational tone, Practicing Presence is filled with ideas, exercises, checklists, personal anecdotes, and practices you can use to reframe and establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom.

When teachers care for themselves deeply and deliberately, they are better able to care for the people that matter most in their lives—their students, friends, and families. Practicing Presence focuses not on doing, but rather on being present in the life of the classroom. Each chapter includes self-care strategies to explore how to self-regulate, nurture self-acceptance, and promote compassion. This book will give readers the feeling of having a personal coach who provides suggestions and routines so that they not only can deal with being overwhelmed, but rise above it.

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Author Bio

Dr. Lisa Lucas has thirty years of experience in education, as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, consultant, and Associate Professor. She has taught in public, private, parochial and pre-school settings, and knows firsthand that education is a rewarding profession, but also a stressful one. In her current role as a teacher educator at West Chester University she researches and develops practical self-care stress reduction strategies for teachers.

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