1st Edition

How to Be a Happy Teacher A Practical Guide to Self-Care and Wellbeing in the Classroom and Beyond

By Rachel Boucher Copyright 2025
    104 Pages
    by Routledge

    104 Pages
    by Routledge

    Are you a stressed teacher? Do you feel over-stretched by the responsibilities of the role? Are you suffering from poor work-life balance?

    How to Be a Happy Teacher acts as a lifeline for teachers navigating burnout, guiding them towards a happier and more sustainable experience of teaching. Written in an accessible style by Rachel Boucher, an experienced primary school teacher, her guide offers insights and actionable self-care strategies to improve teacher happiness within our schools.

    The book is divided into two distinct sections: Part 1 unpacks crucial aspects of the teaching role, including, but not limited to, acceptance, purpose, prioritization, self-care and Ofsted. Part 2 shifts the focus to real life examples and exercises, providing teachers with the tools to address the challenges identified within Part 1.

    Whether you're a seasoned educator, or just beginning your career, this empowering guide provides the insights, camaraderie, and inspiration you need to succeed within this challenging yet rewarding career.

    Part I: Teacher Life Lessons;  Lesson 1 - Acceptance;  Lesson 2 - Finding a purpose;  Lesson 3 - Prioritise;  Lesson 4 - Self-care;  Lesson 5 - Managing your inner mood hoover;  Lesson 6 - Take a step back (gaining perspective);  Lesson 7 - Work smarter, not harder;  Lesson 8 - Don’t even think about Ofsted;  Lesson 9 - What about supply teaching?;  Lesson 10 - The silent expectations;  Part II: Examples and Exercises;  Exercise A - Wellbeing in the Workplace;  Exercise B - Fight the power!;  Example 1 - So much for loyalty;  Example 2 - School values;  Example 3 - The school bully;  Exercise C - Rate your workplace;  Exercise D - Problem-solving;  Example 4 - The teacher’s pet


    Rachel Boucher is a primary school teacher with over ten years of experience working within the field. She has acted as a lead in Mental Health and Wellbeing, PSHE, Music and English as an additional language within various primary schools and has delivered training to colleagues on these topics.