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

ISBN 9780367441623
Published July 20, 2020 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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).