Teaching is getting harder every year.
There is no doubt about it.
I’ve heard from thousands of teachers since I began this blog seven years ago.
I also speak to teachers from around the world as part of my coaching practice.
And I still teach in a public school to this day.
More is being asked of us now than at any time in my 25 years of teaching.
Stress is at an all-time high.
Students appear more challenging and less motivated. Misbehavior is on the rise.
The joy of teaching is as elusive as a restful vacation.
And yet, there is a small band of teachers who have figured out how to fight back.
They’ve figured out how to rid themselves of all the pressure and frustration and have more fun teaching than they ever thought possible.
They’ve figured out how to cut their planning time in half, rid their classrooms of misbehavior, and motivate their students to want to learn.
They’ve figured out how to love being a teacher. (And not just try to convince themselves they do.)
For the past nine months, I’ve been immersed in writing a book about how anyone can create a teaching experience they truly enjoy.
The book is a culmination of my career-long quest for the single most effective and fulfilling teaching approach in existence—and not just in the classroom, but from the moment you arrive on campus until you leave for the day.
It’s based on my own practice, as well as the experience of the many teachers I’ve coached and mentored over the years.
I’ve also drawn on the latest research into learning, happiness, motivation, performance, and productivity, as well as lessons from experts in the worlds of music, sports, business, fashion, medicine, and even comedy.
I’ve taken the traits, qualities, and practices of the happiest and most effective teachers on Earth and condensed them into 11 habits any teacher can apply and experience dramatic results.
The 11 habits are doable for anyone and are meant to simplify and de-stress your teaching life. The goal of the book is no less than for you to love your job.
The book is called The Happy Teacher Habits, and it represents what I believe to be the secret to successful teaching in the 21st century—regardless of grade level, subject matter, or school you work in.
I’ve never worked as hard on a project.
I tried to write in a way that didn’t waste a moment of your time, but that delivered the 11 habits in an accessible and entertaining way.
It was important to me not just to tell you that a particular method or strategy is effective, but show you exactly why it’s effective and how you can apply it in your own classroom.
Hopefully, you’ll find the supporting stories, anecdotes, and research studies interesting as well.
My goal is that what you’ll learn will bring as much joy and satisfaction to you as it has for me and the many teachers I’ve shared the habits with.
The book will be available this Tuesday, May 3rd at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions.
I hope you’ll check it out.
PS – I apologize for not writing about a classroom management strategy this week. It won’t happen again, at least not until the next book.
Thanks for understanding.
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