1st Edition

Practicing Presence Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers

By Lisa Lucas Copyright 2017

    Most teachers enter the field of education to make a difference in children's lives. But many end up, as author Dr. Lisa Lucas puts it, tired, wired, and running in circles. This leads to many new teachers abandoning the profession or to burnout among veteran teachers. In Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers, Dr. Lucas invites the reader to learn how to fully inhabit the present moment. Written in an informal and conversational tone, Practicing Presence is filled with ideas, exercises, checklists, personal anecdotes, and practices you can use to reframe and establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom. With approximately 50% of new teachers leaving the education field before the 5-year mark, it is more important than ever for educators to prioritize self-care. Each chapter of Practicing Presence includes self-care strategies that explore how to self-regulate, nurture self-acceptance, and promote compassion. Inside you'll find:

    • Quotes and affirmations throughout the texts
    • Scientific research and reflections on how these theories and practices can apply to your own life
    • Paths to Mindful Teaching and how to integrate into your daily life
    • Additional resources and online content to further support your practice

    When teachers care for themselves deeply and deliberately, they are better able to care for the people that matter most in their lives'stheir students, friends, and families. Practicing Presence focuses not on doing, but rather on being present in the life of the classroom.

    Introduction: The Practice of Presence: Paths to Mindful Teaching; Chapter 1: Practicing Presence; Chapter 2: Responding Rather Than Reacting; Chapter 3: Epigenetics: Ever Heard of It?; Chapter 4: Simple Self-Care; Chapter 5: Ever-Lasting Focus; Chapter 6: Noticing the Negativity Bias; Chapter 7: Can't We Just Get Along?; Chapter 8: Envisioning Endless Possibilities for Education


    Dr. Lisa Lucas has decades of experience in education, as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, consultant, and currently an Associate Professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She has experience in public, private, parochial, and preschool settings. In her current role as a teacher educator, she is researching the topic of presence and developed practical self-care and stress reduction strategies for teachers.