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How to Survive in Teaching
Without imploding, exploding or walking away
Drawing on years of research and first-hand experience, How to Survive in Teaching offers support, advice and practical suggestions to help you and your colleagues stay flourishing, positive and most importantly, stay teaching!
Recent statistics show that not enough teachers are entering the profession and that too many are leaving. Teaching is facing a genuine crisis. But why is this? In this thought-provoking book, experienced teacher and leader Dr Emma Kell examines workplace stress and anxiety, conflict and `toxic politics', and the other factors which lead teachers to ultimately decide to walk away.
Emma firmly believes there are ways to survive the increasing pressure teachers are under. This book offers a realistic, unflinching and positive perspective on the challenges and rewards of teaching. It includes successful models and strategies where a combination of support and challenge, accountability, and a sense of being valued have encouraged teachers to enter and remain in the profession.
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Emma's passion for teaching and teacher wellbeing shines out from every page in this gem of a book. The combination of informed analysis and practical advice, rooted in research and experience, make it invaluable. * Sam Collins, Teacher and Founder of Schoolwell, @samschoolstuff * Sprung from Emma's love affair with teaching, How to Survive in Teaching is a compassionate plea for teachers to take care of themselves. Emma rightly reminds teachers that even if the profession is a vocation, teaching is also a job and must be treated as such. * Loic Menzies, Director of Education and Youth 'Think and Action-Tank', @LKMco * Emma had me hooked from the Acknowledgements page. This is a warm, forthright, humane and eminently practical book - for every challenge, there is a 'response' suggesting a way forward. Invaluable advice is offered to new, and not so new, teachers about how to thrive in this mad, wonderful profession. While recognising the pressures and demands of teaching, Emma also celebrates joy. * Jill Berry, Former Head, now Leadership Consultant, @jillberry102 * With this book being published on 11th January 2018, Emma Kell has written a very important contribution to the current debate... I've followed the past couple of years with interest, as, first, Emma developed her ideas for her doctorate, using Twitter to its best advantage as a conduit into discussion and sharing of background thinking through shared blogs. Twitter surveys enabled the development of broader and more focused questions. Emma acknowledges the contribution of many hundreds of colleagues who have spoken honestly about their experiences. * Chris Chivers, chrischiversthinks.weebly.com * The book outlines practical ways to survive the increasing pressure teachers are under, with a realistic, unflinching and ultimately very positive perspective on the challenges and rewards of teaching... It gives a real sense of support to teachers, reassuring them they are not alone and that the challenges can be successfully overcome. * Parents in Touch * Kell uses her experience to offer hard-hitting advice, commentary and analysis. I'll be dipping into it regularly as a middle leader and recommending it to anyone considering venturing into this most noble profession. * Thomas Rogers, TES, @RogersHistory *