Teaching is not a job, it’s a passion. Caring and compassionate educators will stop at nothing to be sure their students have everything they need to flourish. As teaching demands increase, the attention teachers give to their own needs is often sacrificed. The pressures of teaching are forcing educators to choose between what they love to do and their own well-being. The levels of stress are so high that teacher shortages are considered a crisis in the United States. Authors Connie Hamilton and Dorothy VanderJagt share an alternative. They believe it’s possible to be a highly effective teacher and focus on yourself.
Strained and Drained: Tools for Overworked Teachers describes five areas of wellness and offers realistic and practical ways that teachers can create habits to support each one. You’ll find effective ways to take care of YOU, both in and out of the classroom. Wellness is not an isolated activity, it’s a way of life and requires a mindset that values and prioritizes it. The strategies you gain from this book will support your physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual health and will put you at your best so you can enjoy what the authors still believe is the most important and rewarding profession on earth.
Connie Hamilton, EdS, and Dorothy VanderJagt, EdD, are dedicated educators with over fifty years of combined experience working in schools. Teachers who work with Connie and Dorothy value their expertise and feedback because they care about the whole teacher and understand the complexities and challenges of teaching.
Chapter 1: Integration of Physical Well-Being
Chapter 2: Attention on Emotional Health
Chapter 3: Devotion to Cognitive Care
Chapter 4: Concentration on Social Prosperity
Chapter 5: Focus on Spiritual Strength
Chapter 6: Wellness for the Whole Teacher
About the Authors
Teachers are among the people I admire most in this world. They carry a heavy load in order to make a difference for others, too often at the expense of their own health and well-being. The quality of our future depends on our ability to develop systems, processes, and strategies in which student outcomes and teacher well-being are not mutually exclusive. In Strained and Drained: Tools for Overworked Teachers, Dorothy VanderJagt and Connie Hamilton offer timely tools for teachers working in our current system of public education, as we all must continue to work on that system. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to all of my teacher friends and colleagues!
I’m not sure a book could be more timely or more needed than now! Prior to a pandemic, educators were overworked and highly dedicated, and now they are carrying that to the nth degree. Unfortunately, we are seeing the wear and tear. The good news is that you have some control. VanderJagt and Hamilton strike the heart and soul as they share many gold nuggets on how you can take back control of your life in healthy ways and with a smile! This book will take you from thoughts of self-care to actions of self-care. You deserve it!
Challenging and demanding situations have confronted teachers and administrators now more than ever. Like many educational leaders, I’ve struggled to find resources to help my staff and team stay focused and healthy under stressful conditions. In Strained and Drained I found tools to support physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual wellness that help us be at our best for students. Educators can use this resource to energize themselves and others in their schools.
The pandemic didn’t just push many teachers’ emotional well-being over the edge; instead, it revealed how far over the edge too many teachers already are. From internal to external pressures, to ever-increasing workloads, to the very nature of the work, teaching can be immensely stressful. However, it also carries the potential for so much joy. This book helps educators find ways to discover balance and wellness so that they can experience the joy of their work. Through research-based, practical tips, VanderJagt and Hamilton guide educators toward careers they can thrive in. The wisdom and practices found in Strained and Drained can fill educators’ cups so they can overflow to their students—something that is needed now more than ever.