Pause, Ponder, and Persist in the Classroom
How Teachers Turn Challenges into Opportunities for Impact
- Available for pre-order on May 24, 2023. Item will ship after June 14, 2023
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How can educators find joy in the midst of seemingly overwhelming challenges? Researcher Julie Schmidt Hasson interviewed hundreds of people about their most impactful teachers and shares her findings in this unique and powerful book. She lays out a three-step process that leads to greater peace, and greater impact on students.
This three-step framework involves pausing, pondering, and persisting. First, teachers pause before reacting to an unexpected challenge, so they can intentionally choose a response. Next, they suspend assumptions and approach the challenge from a place of curiosity. Finally, they persist in this dance of patient inquiry and thoughtful responses in a way that leads to better outcomes for students.
The stories integrated throughout the book provide evidence of the many ways teachers make a difference in students’ lives. It is a challenging time to be a teacher, and this book provides the inspiration and information teachers need to stay longer, grow stronger, and continue making an impact.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Meet the Author Introduction 1. The Power of a Problem 2. The Power of Pondering 3. The Power of Persisting 4. The Power of Hope 5. The Power of Courage 6. The Power of Compassion 7. The Power of Acceptance 8. The Power of Presence 9. The Power of Rethinking 10. The Power of Purpose 11. Putting It All Together 12. Epilogue
Julie Schmidt Hasson, Ed.D. (@JulieSHasson) is a professor in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Julie’s research on the impact of a teacher is the topic of a TEDx talk and is the focus of her engaging professional development programs. She founded the Chalk and Chances project, a vehicle for elevating and celebrating teachers, in 2017.
"Pause, Ponder and Persist elicits the question, as an educator, what will be your legacy? Dr. Hasson shares poignant stories that highlight the magic that happens when teachers choose connection and curiosity in lieu of assumptions and judgment. The thought-provoking questions and practical examples at the end of each chapter provide tools for a seamless integration of this framework into practice. The book serves as a beautiful (and timely) reminder that teachers have the incredible ability to influence a child’s life through ordinary moments. Dr. Hasson showcases how educators can navigate the ups and downs of teaching while leveraging presence, acceptance, courage, and compassion. Pause, Ponder, and Persist evokes feelings of hope for future generations for both educators and students."—Jen Rafferty, TEDx speaker and Founder of Empowered Educator
"Master storyteller Julie Hasson has put her heart into this manuscript guaranteed to supercharge those of us called to be educators. Whether you feel like you are burning the candles at both ends and about to burn out or you're just looking for a multi-vitamin of renewed courage, optimism and hope, this gem will help you harness the power of a three-pronged energy source (Pause. Ponder. Persist.) and leverage it as a lifeline. The raw and real reflections about educators present and past allow for the book's beautiful tapestry showcasing what happens when teachers employ the simple but not always easy strategy of stepping back from our emotions, stepping into the stories of others with curiosity, then listening with compassion to understand and grow. Put this self-awareness empowerment tool at the top of the list for your next faculty book study."—Barbara Gruener, Educator, Speaker, Author of Mr. Quigley’s Keys
"In Pause, Ponder, and Persist in the Classroom, Dr. Julie Hasson masterfully connects personal stories, academic research, and practical execution in schools. The result is an educator’s manual for improvement that is as clear in its analysis as it is empathetic in its delivery. The challenge in Julie’s message is that we must reflect on our own behavior to create a great experience for students. And the hope in Julie’s message is that each challenge we face is a special moment where we can be our best for them."—Ryan Estrellado, Educator, Data Scientist, Author of The K–12 Educator’s Data Guidebook: Reimagining Practical Data Use in Schools
"A must read for all educators! Julie possesses the unique art of using a novelistic approach to writing findings from research. Three powerful recommendations for us all: pause, ponder, and persist—and now, there's a book with practical actions and personal reflections for making that happen! I was so taken by Julie's book, Safe, Seen, and Stretched; I never would have imagined she could have matched that powerful read—and she has!"—Dr. Nancy Sulla, Creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, author, founder of IDE Corp. and EdQuiddity Inc
"Educators often read books related to classroom management, education theories, or learning techniques. But Pause, Ponder, and Persist is book that emphasizes the beauty and passion of education through self-reflection and embracing our challenges in the classroom. I identified with so many stories and anecdotes in this book as it guided me in how to overcome many challenges. A must read."—Dr. Angello Villarreal, Educator, ASCD Emerging Leader, JerseyCAN Teacher Leader Fellow
"In her book, Pause, Ponder and Persist, Julie brilliantly captures the complexities, challenges, and immense privileges of our wonderful profession. I am reminded that each and every interaction with students is valuable and has the potential to transform lives. In a time of constant change, we must remember to refocus on those that matter most; our wonderful students. This work is a breath of fresh air."—Mathew Green, Assistant Principal, Host of The Art of Teaching Podcast