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The Teacher's Ultimate Stress Mastery Guide
77 Proven Prescriptions to Build Your Resilience

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November 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Ontario Principals' Council

"With all of the pressures and stress that today's teachers face, it is nice to finally have a publication that is willing to acknowledge this stress and help us combat it. This book is full of practical tips, hints, and advice that can bring out the relaxed, effective teacher in all of us."
—Rachel Hanson, Eighth-Grade Gifted Language Arts Teacher
South Forsyth Middle School, Cumming, GA

Manage your stress levels before they start managing you!

Why do some teachers thrive under pressure while others quit? What kinds of skills can empower teachers to effectively deal with the challenges they face both in and out of school?

The Teacher's Ultimate Stress Mastery Guide shows teachers how to build resilience and emotional strength to prevent stress and/or burnout and the negative emotions that may result. Rich with examples, easy-to-understand concepts, and simple behavioral tips, this book covers how stress affects your health, how proactively boost your psychological immunity, and how to maintain your optimism and teaching effectiveness. In an easygoing and witty voice, Jack Singer presents:

  • Action plans for mastering the different types of stress in your life
  • Success stories and experiences from teachers who have conquered stress
  • Strategies and examples based on cognitive and resiliency theories used by psychologists and counselors

Don't let the challenges of the job weigh you down! This blueprint for success can help you achieve personal and professional goals, tackle daily challenges, and reignite your passion for teaching.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I. Understanding the Real Causes of Your Stress
 
1. How Stress Can Kick the Health Out of You
Learning Objectives  
Tales of a Saber-Toothed Tiger  
The Incredible Mind-Body Connection  
Some Stress Is Actually Good for You  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
2. How Life Events and Changes Can Impact Stress and Illness
Learning Objectives  
Your Recent Life Changes Score and Its Interpretations  
The Life Event Stressors Inherent in Teaching  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
3. How to Recognize the Real Culprit: Your Internal Critic
Learning Objectives  
The Origins of Our Belief Systems  
Our Self-Talk and Our Emotions  
Expose and Dispose of Your Internal Critic  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
4. How to Thrive Despite Being Genetically Wired With Stress-Prone Personality Traits
Learning Objectives  
Two Personality Types That Promote Stress  
You Can Start Modifying Some of Your Type-A Behaviors Today!  
You Can Start Modifying Some of Your People-Pleasing Behaviors Today!  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
5. How to Deflect Stressors: Both Carefully Planned Plus Warp-Speed Techniques
Learning Objectives  
Recognize Your Thinking Patterns  
The Thinking Pattern Worksheet (TPW)  
A Thought-Stopping Technique  
A Calming-Breathing Technique  
Write-It-Down Technique  
Worry-Time Technique  
Make a Contrac With Yourself  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
Part II. Prescriptions for Building Your Psychological Immunity to Stress
 
6. How to Harness the Power Within and Inoculate Yourself Against the Impact of Inevitable Stressors
Learning Objectives  
How to Begin the Inoculation Process  
How to Build Resilience to Stress: The Three Cs of Stress Hardiness  
How to Build a Sense of Self-Efficacy  
How to Use the Power of Goal Setting to Stay Focused Despite Stress Provocations  
The Power of Desire, Imagination, and Expectation  
How to Use the Power of Positive Affirmations to Develop the Three Cs and Accomplish Your Goals  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
7. How Fun and Laughter Can Inoculate You: Jest for the Health of It!
Learning Objectives  
The Legacy of Norman Cousins  
The Legacy of My Dad, Bill Singer  
What Do You Really Get Out of Laughing?  
Today’s Upsets are Tomorrow’s Laughs  
Lighten Up Your Classroom  
Lighten Up Both Your School and Your Life  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
8. How to Become and Remain a Resilient Person
Learning Objectives  
Learning to Become Optimistic  
How to Bring More Joy and Happiness Into Your Life  
More Behavioral Prescriptions to Build Resiliency  
Action Plan for Stress Mastery  
References  
 
Resource A. Glossary of Acronyms
 
Resource B. 77 Behavioral Prescriptions to Master Stress and Build Your Resilience
 
Resource C. A Deep-Muscle Relaxation Technique
 
Resource D. Web Sites Resources on Classroom Management
 
Index

"We all feel trapped and somewhat alone in our negative thoughts and fears to some extent. This book provides easily applied remedies to regain our mental peace and to carry on knowing that we can function effectively in the face of stress. I would not only recommend this book, I will carry a copy with me when I do staff development meeting in various school districts."

Rita J. Corbett, Owner and Consultant
RJC Consulting

"Each chapter is loaded with stories, powerful research, and examples; the sum of the book when read completely and integrated into one's day to day actions is life changing! Every beginning teacher, veteran teacher, and administrator should read this book. It will have a direct and positive impact on school culture and student success!"

Jennifer Ramamoorthi, Professional Development School Coordinator
Community Consolidated School District 21, Wheeling, IL

"Prescribes countless methods to manage stress, thereby helping readers to manage, prevent, and even cure negative stress."

Emmalee Callaway, Second-Grade Teacher
Acres Green Elementary School, Parker, CO

"With all of the pressures and stress that today's teachers face, it is nice to finally have a publication that is willing to acknowledge this stress and help us combat it. This book is full of practical tips, hints, and advice that can bring out the relaxed, effective teacher in all of us."

Rachel Hanson, Eighth-Grade Gifted Language Arts Teacher
South Forsyth Middle School, Cumming, GA

"This book provides several prescriptions for reducing a teacher’s stress level. The anecdotes are smart and humorous. I enjoyed reading this book and 'de-stressing' my life."

Diane Callahan, Science Teacher
Fairfield Middle School, OH

"Your stress is not going away. Read this book NOW! It might not just be a life changer, it might even be even a life saver."

Beth Madison, Principal
George Middle School, Portland, OR

"Allows the reader the opportunity to be self-reflective and examine new and unique ways to eliminate or diminish the stressors in his/her life."

Cathy Patterson, Assistant Principal
Evergreen Elementary School, Spokane, WA

"Provides an entertaining, practical, and relevant guide to dealing with stress in the classroom and life. It is a prescription for everyone to lead a healthier, happier life."

Toni Callahan, Retired Social Studies Teacher
Westmont Hilltop School District, Johnstown, PA

"The author empowers readers to change their attitude so they can reach the maximum altitude."

David Callaway, Eighth-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO

Sample Materials & Chapters

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