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The Elephant in the Staffroom


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1. 3 things to remember when you forget everything else 2. You are not alone - some statistics and context 3. Workload and Stress Part 1: The mind of the teacher 4. Psychology of teachers - knowing the traps 5. Guilt 6. Anxiety & Fear 7. Anger and Frustration 8. Depression and hitting rock bottom Part 2: Identity 9. Teacher as persons - the philosophical bit 10. Teacher as persons - the practical bit 11. Understanding your purpose 12. Vision and Values 13. Identity Theft - I am not just a teacher 14. Boundaries - Knowing your limits 15. The Myth of Work-Life balance 16. Professionalism, Perfectionism and Presenteeism 17. Confidence Part 3: Energy 18. Energy: the magic ingredient 19. Energy: Emotional Intelligence and Burnout 20. Positive 21. Shabbat - the importance of rest 22. Let's do lunch 23. Surviving holidays - withdrawal symptoms 24. Tides, treasure and nudity - managing change 25. Just say 'No' 26. Voice - looking after your no 1 tool Part 4: Focus 27. Distractions - keeping the main thing the main thing 28. Eyes on the ball not on the scoreboard 29. Mindset - compliance vs engagement 30. Keeping Growing - Invest in Yourself 31. Teaching as a Long game 32. Surviving the Year 33. Surviving the week 34. Surviving the day Part 5: The others 35. Meet the team - your students 36. Meet the Crew - a beginner's guide to the staffroom 37. Meet the Bosses - how to manage upwards 38. Meet the Experts - handling the critics with care 39. An inspector calls - Ofsted and observation 40. And Finally: Top Ten tips

About the Author

Chris Eyre is Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning, and Curriculum Manager for Religious Studies and Philosophy, at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, UK.


"The book is not a manual full of silver-bullet lesson plans and teaching tips promising professional nirvana. Instead, it is a sensible and sane book that reaches out to the person behind the professional persona and, I suspect, is all the more useful for it." - Alan Thomson, inTuition

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