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The Peak Performing Teacher
Kuczala guides educators to embrace the critical practices and habits proven to significantly increase productivity and decrease anxiety and implement an action plan for self-care.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781071853252
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2022
- Page Count: 128
- Publication date: February 17, 2022
Develop and implement an action plan for self-care
Cultivating focus, re-energizing oneself, and improving daily habits are essential for educators’ well-being and the good that they pass along to students. Mike Kuczala asserts that educators’ greatest tool is a mirror—in it, teachers will find their greatest advocate for personal growth, power, wellness, and vision: themselves.
However, finding the time to implement new habits can be hard. Because small changes are easier to plan for and realize, Kuczala concentrates on the habits that are most likely to yield significant improvements. This book guides educators in meaningful self-reflection by providing:
- Five critical practices to increase productivity and decrease anxiety
- Reflection prompts and vignettes to guide readers in developing self-care strategies
- Practical checklists and templates to help educators maintain goals
Table of Contents
About the Author
The Most Important Piece of Equipment
The ABCs of Achievement
The Power of “Must”
Pain/Pleasure in Practice
Habit #1: Live the Physical Life
A Paradigm Shift
Embracing the Physical Life Does Much More Than Raise Your Level of Fitness
Exercise Is Life’s First Answer to This Essential Question: How Do I Create a Life Worth Living?
Simply . . . Walk
Where Are Your Sneakers?
Vary the Environment
The Benefits Don’t Stop at School (a Word About the Physical Classroom)
Habit #2: Change Your Mind
Challenge Your Thinking
Same Story, New Moral
Fifty States of Mind Where Stress Cannot Exist
A Quick Revisit to the Brain/Body Connection
One Man’s Insight
Stress in the Classroom
Habit #3: Sharpen Your Mental Focus: Creating Mission and Purpose
Part 1: The Personal Mission Statement
Creating Your Personal Mission Statement
Personal Mission Statement Rough Draft
Completed Mission Statement
Part 2: Setting Goals
Understanding the Difference Between a Good Idea and Writing a Goal
Creating the Future Now
Creating a Transformational Goal
The Rocking Chair Test
Goal Setting in the Classroom
Habit #4: Power Up Gratitude
Who Doesn’t Want These Benefits for So Very Little Effort?
In the Business of Gratitude
Making It Real
Who Deserves Your Letter?
Gratefulness in the Classroom
One More Gratitude Quote for the Teacher Lounge
Habit #5: Make the Morning Count
The Morning Routines of Real Teachers
My Morning Routine
Putting It All Together
Understand the Power of the Moment
Create a Plan
Change Your Limiting Beliefs
Enjoy the Process
Surround Yourself With Success and Positivity
A Final Word
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"What an incredible, practical road map to spark and guide teachers on how and why it is important to take care of ourselves and develop healthy habits. This book created a real shift in how I view myself and the world. The Peak Performing Teacher unites a lot of discreet ideas and connections that make a lot of sense. I am getting a copy for my principal and looking forward to putting my energy into change instead of fighting just to maintain."
Physical Educator, Finstead State Montessori Academy, Wilmington, DE