Book: Essential guides for early career teachers – Mental well-being and self-care by Sally Price via @CriticalPub

Published by Critical Publishing

Essential Guides for Early Career Teachers: Mental Well-being and Self-care

£15.99*
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Content

9.5/10

Accessible

9.0/10

Authority

8.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Practical

9.0/10

Pros

  • A very accessible book offering support and advice on key self-care issues aimed at early career teachers.
  • Offers a range of strategies, activities and ideas on how teachers can keep on top of their mental well-being.
  • The book offers an Emotional Lexicon which fosters and supports mentally healthy routines as teaching practice develops.
  • Practical tasks are offered throughout that encourages self-reflection and considerations about future actions.
  • Draws upon research based concepts along with further reading signposting further opportunities of support.

Retaining early career teachers is one of the ongoing problems with the England education system, and has been so for quite a few years now. Among the workload, organisation, and settling in issues, one main consideration for teachers is mental well-being and self-care. Often, many teachers do not know where to turn when faced with challenges and difficulties impacting upon mental well-being. In many societies, the taboo of speaking about mental health remains a major stigma.

In a bid to address many of the issues teachers can face regarding their own mental health well-being, Sally Price has created an essential guide aimed at newly qualified and early career teachers. In her book, Sally explores some of the core values and motivations for teaching, coping mechanisms along with proactive prevention models that promote positive mental well-being. Throughout this self-reflective book, readers are encouraged to explore the innermost five core values and how to deal with low moods that can impact your practice. In exploring coping mechanisms, the book offers practical guidance on how to create routines and thinking that allow a release from the pressures of teaching as well as offering a 10 step activity working towards school staff well-being. The book also offers a self-care plan highlighting five ways in which individual teachers can keep positive and in a good mental frame of mind.

Essentially, this book takes a careful and considered look at the mental health well-being of teachers. All staff in schools are well-tuned to the mental health needs of the students, however, we are less tuned at looking after ourselves. This book is a major step in helping to reduce the gap that is essential for every school. By focusing on early career teachers, Sally is making a respected effort to provide support to some of our most vulnerable teachers at a time they need it most. Once habits are formed, along with supportive colleagues, then positive mental health well-being is a win-win situation for everybody involved in education.

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