Why It’s So Important That Teachers Cultivate Their Own Resilience

Excerpted with permission from the publisher, Wiley, from Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. Copyright © 2018 by Elena Aguilar. All rights reserved. The book is available wherever books and ebooks are sold.

By Elena Aguilar

Imagine it’s the end of a rainy Friday when kids didn’t get time outside and you had to supervise indoor recess. You had only 10 minutes for lunch, during which you inhaled a bag of chips and a soda; and during the final few minutes of cleanup, a student who often pushes your buttons says something disrespectful to you. You had only asked the student to pick up a piece of trash. Other kids giggle and watch to see what you’ll do.

Freeze this scene.

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Elena Aguilar is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an educational consulting group. She is the author of “The Art of Coaching” and “The Art of Coaching Teams” and a longtime contributor to Edutopia and EdWeek.

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