1st Edition

Becoming Buoyant: Helping Teachers and Students Cope with the Day to Day

By Marc Smith Copyright 2021
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    Becoming Buoyant shows teachers how they can help students to bounce back from daily setbacks and challenges. Drawing on the five main principles of academic buoyancy – confidence, coordination, control, composure and commitment – it investigates the evidence base from which the techniques are drawn and offers practical guidance on applying them in the classroom.

    Emphasising the role played by internal and external factors, as well as wider school and community influences, the book offers practical guidance on:

    • Choosing and pursuing personal goals

    • Overcoming procrastination
    • Recognising and dealing with anxiety
    • How to use motivation, anxiety and stress management as ways to encourage and nurture self-efficacy.

    Written by an experienced teacher and chartered psychologist, Becoming Buoyant is essential reading for all teachers that want their students to be resilient and flourish in the classroom.


    Chapter 1: Staying Afloat

    Chapter 2: The Many Faces of Resilience

    Chapter 3: Taking Care of the Small Stuff

    Chapter 4: Personality and the 5Cs

    Chapter 5: Creating Good Habits

    Chapter 6: Setting and Pursuing Goals

    Chapter 7: Getting Stuff Done

    Chapter 8: Composure and Emotional Stability

    Chapter 9: Dealing with Anxiety

    Chapter 10: Control

    Chapter 11: Becoming Confident

    Chapter 12: Springing Forwards



    Marc Smith is a chartered psychologist, freelance writer and former secondary school teacher. He has taught in UK schools since 2004 and contributed to A-level Psychology curriculum and design. He is the author of The Emotional Learner and Psychology in the Classroom (with Jonathan Firth).