This book helps you be the biggest, boldest, and most powerful version of your teacher self. It reminds you why you became a teacher and coaches you to bring your unique gifts and talents into the classroom. The difference between a so-so lesson and one that leaves a lasting impact on students has everything to do with how confident and connected you feel to yourself and your students.
Read this book when you need an extra shot of bravery. It’s a perfect resource if
You want to coach yourself into fulfilling your teacher potential
You are looking for more balance in your teaching and personal life
You want a pep talk for saying no to what doesn’t help students and yes to what you know does
You want to grow and deepen your practice without losing yourself in the process
Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five other books on teaching. Mindsets & Moves (Corwin Literacy, 2015) put her on the world stage with its practical ways to cultivate student agency, leading to speaking engagements and foreign translations of her work. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience, including positions as a science teacher, reading specialist, third grade teacher, special educator, literacy coach, staff developer, assistant professor, educational consultant, and yoga teacher. Gravity holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as a coach for Seth Godin's alt MBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.
Table of Contents
PrefaceWhy I Wrote This BookOrganization of the BookThree Recurring Features Personal Stories Research-Based Practices Invitations to ReflectUse the Book to Coach YourselfChapter 1: Authentic TeachingWhat Helps Us Be Authentic Teachers?Shifts That Help Us Teach More Like OurselvesFive Practices for Teaching Like YourselfChapter 2: Naming Core BeliefsStart With WhyCreating Student Movement3 Ways to Know and Name Your Core BeliefsUncovering Your Students' BeliefsComing Back to WhyChapter 3: Viewing Teaching as a PracticeFour Types of PracticeYour Personal PowerView Student Learning as a PracticeTeaching PracticeChapter 4: Building Balanced RelationshipsConnection is a Basic Human NeedThe Whole Picture of Professional RelationshipsRelationship-Building PracticesFinding BalanceChapter 5: Driving Professional GrowthLeaning Into Areas for GrowthHow to Discover Your Own Areas for GrowthHow to Design Your Own Professional Learning PlansLearning With InsidersLearning With OutsidersConnecting Professional Learning to Beliefs and GoalsChapter 6: Taking Care of YourselfCreate Space for YourselfFocus on HappinessHelp Your Students Take Care of ThemselvesChapter 7: Teach BravelyWhat Do We Lose If We Don't Teach Like OurselvesBe CourageousTeach Like Yourself ManifestoThank YouAppendix A: Book Study GuideAppendix B: Teach Like Yourself ManifestoAppendix C: Join the Teach Like Yourself MovementReferencesIndex