Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Date posted: March 25, 2019

Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stressful situations. More resilient people are able to bounce back after negative experiences. Emotional resilience helps prevent burnout at work. But, developing emotional resilience isn’t something usually taught to teachers alongside instructional strategies and techniques.

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Teachers is a resource that focuses on teacher resilience. Author Elena Aguilar presents twelve habits that teachers can develop to strengthen their emotional resilience:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Understand Emotions
  3. Tell Empowering Stories
  4. Build Community
  5. Be Here Now
  6. Take Care of Yourself
  7. Focus on the Bright Spots
  8. Cultivate Compassion
  9. Be a Learner
  10. Play and Create
  11. Ride the Waves of Change
  12. Celebrate and Appreciate

The book details how to: cultivate resilience, understand emotions, use your energy where it counts, adopt a storytelling approach to communication and community building, and create an environment of collective celebration. Aguilar suggests working on these habits slowly, over a year. And, if you can, do it with a group of colleagues.

A companion website offers downloadable meditations, downloadable tools presented in the book, a self-assessment and related blog posts and videos. To Play, To Express, To Resist, To Love… Through Socks is a sample article.

To borrow a copy of this book, email library@decoda.ca .

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