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How to be a Successful Teacher
Strategies for Personal and Professional Development

First Edition


October 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Reading this book may change your attitude to your students, your colleagues and most of all, to yourself. It is written accessibly and has a pleasingly irreverent tone, but a warning: it will challenge you to think differently!" - Phil Beadle, inspirational teacher and TES columnist

Teaching is a rewarding, yet demanding profession, one in which a person needs to be fully prepared. This book focuses on the applied psychological skills, strategies, and resources, which will help to ensure teachers are equipped with personal and professional expertise to survive in the classroom.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of important psychological themes within teaching such as confidence, motivation, and self esteem
  • Explores physical issues related to successful psychological functioning, such as fitness and nutrition
  • Offers advice and activities which show how to learn and use psychological skills techniques directly

Readily accessible to a wide audience, including internationally, the book assumes no prior knowledge of psychology. The authors give specific examples taken from a diverse range of professional situations with relevant theoretical underpinnings.

The text provides support to students taking teacher training courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It will also help teachers in their formative professional years.

 
About the authors
 
Acknowledgments
 
Preface
 
Foreword
 
How to use this book
 
PART ONE: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
 
The morning bell: another day begins! Introduction
 
What was I saying? Concentration and attention
 
What am I doing here? Motivation
 
I can't do it! Confidence and self-esteem
 
I can't cope! Emotion, mood and stress
 
Flexibility for action! Adapting to change
 
PART TWO: PHYSICAL ISSUES
 
Fitness to Teach: A healthy body equals a healthy mind - Nutrition, hydration and health
 
PART THREE: PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS TRAINING
 
I have 101 things to do…what do I attempt first? Goal setting
 
Take a 'break': Relaxation
 
Is talking to yourself the first sign of 'madness'? Self-talk and cognitive restructuring
 
Is hallucinating the second sign of 'madness'? Mental imagery
 
When the going gets tough…! Mental resilience
 
PART FOUR: EPILOGUE
 
The final bell… the journey begins
 
References
 
Index

Engaging and lively writing style which gets to the heart of students' preoccupations in the early days of both training and teaching.

Elaine Pattison
Department of Education, Newman College
November 9, 2011

It deals with qualified teachers development, which will be useful for students who are about to take up their NQT post within school.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
School of Education, Newman University College
October 21, 2011

a practical book focusing on the psychological themes relevant to teaching as well as exploring the psysiological issues influencing learning and teaching

Dr Praxoulla Rameshwar
FHSCS, Kingston University
September 26, 2011

How to be a Successful Teacher will be useful to students to help them understand the pressures of teaching. This text will reassure them that their anxieties are common. They can then use the practical strategies offered here to help them cope successfully

Ms Julia O'Kelly
Education, Chichester University
February 17, 2011

I especially liked the early emphasis on thepsychological aspects of teaching - higly relevant for reflection within DLTA module

Mrs ANNE MICHAEL
PCET ITT, Sheffield Hallam University
January 13, 2011

the book informed lectures how to be an inclusive teacher, whilst keeping the learners on track at all times.
other lectures have gone ahead and purchased this book for their own reference

Mrs Karen Cooke
health and social care, Bolton Community College
December 3, 2010

well written text - certainly will enhance many student's understanding of the subject and of improving their classroom practice

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Life-Long Learning, Hull University
October 14, 2010

This book has some minor uses for this course - only in that it is aimed at preparation of general teachers and this course is about preparation of mentors in practice. It will be useful as supplemental materials for teaching.

Ms Susan Hopkins
School of Nursing and Primary Care Practice, Liverpool John Moores University
April 12, 2010

This is the kind of book that ought to be a graduation present for all teachers finishing teacher training and for all teachers who are finding the going tough. It is packed with useful, practical ideas to help teachers keep sane in busy times i.e. all of them! Although stongly flavoured with self evaluation and reflection, it's so much better than the usual run-of-the-mill self-help psycho-babble available. Counsellors in education would also find this book valuable.

Mr Owen Tuckett
Education , Kingston College
February 10, 2010
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Paul Castle

Paul Castle joined the University of Worcester as a senior lecturer in September 2004. He was a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. As an active practitioner, with over 20 years’ experience, Paul provided applied psychology consultancy to clients in a wide array of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on providing individual- and small-group support to teachers and lecturers, to ameliorate the effects of stress, depression and burnout. As Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB or MWB) Lead for the School of Sport &... More About Author

Scott Buckler

Scott Buckler has an extensive career in education, as a primary and secondary school teacher, elearning developer, and as a principal lecturer, having worked for four universities predominantly in education, psychology and inclusion. Scott has led degree programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level, and lectured predominantly on applied educational psychology, research methods, elearning and leadership. Scott has a PhD in anthropology and is widely published in the areas of psychology and education. He is a Chartered Teacher and a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in transpersonal psychology. In recent years, Scott has returned to... More About Author

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