What your students need is you. Your fullest most authentic self.
Gravity Goldberg’s Teach Like Yourself 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
In this, her fifth and most personal book, Gravity uses her gifts for developing teacher agency as she invites you to take on five powerful practices:
Naming your core beliefs
Viewing teaching as a practice
Building balanced relationships
Driving professional growth
Taking care of your whole self
To support you as you make these five practices lifelong habits, Gravity includes illuminating stories, reflection questions, short videos of advice from her and other educators, a full-color Teach Like Yourself Manifesto poster, and a Teach Like Yourself Facebook group moderated by the author.
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 altMBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.
Table of Contents
Preface Why I Wrote This Book Organization of the Book Three Recurring Features Personal Stories Research-Based Practices Invitations to Reflect Use the Book to Coach Yourself Chapter 1: Authentic Teaching What Helps Us Be Authentic Teachers? Shifts That Help Us Teach More Like Ourselves Five Practices for Teaching Like Yourself Chapter 2: Naming Core Beliefs Start With Why Creating Student Movement 3 Ways to Know and Name Your Core Beliefs Uncovering Your Students′ Beliefs Coming Back to Why Chapter 3: Viewing Teaching as a Practice Four Types of Practice Your Personal Power View Student Learning as a Practice Teaching Practice Chapter 4: Building Balanced Relationships Connection is a Basic Human Need The Whole Picture of Professional Relationships Relationship-Building Practices Finding Balance Chapter 5: Driving Professional Growth Leaning Into Areas for Growth How to Discover Your Own Areas for Growth How to Design Your Own Professional Learning Plans Learning With Insiders Learning With Outsiders Connecting Professional Learning to Beliefs and Goals Chapter 6: Taking Care of Yourself Create Space for Yourself Focus on Happiness Help Your Students Take Care of Themselves Chapter 7: Teach Bravely What Do We Lose If We Don′t Teach Like Ourselves Be Courageous Teach Like Yourself Manifesto Thank You Appendix A: Book Study Guide Appendix B: Teach Like Yourself Manifesto Appendix C: Join the Teach Like Yourself Movement References Index