Teachers These Days: Stories & Strategies for Reconnection

Teachers These Days: Stories & Strategies for Reconnection

Teachers show up in different forms and in many chapters of a child’s life. Teaching is literacy and numeracy but, most importantly, it’s showing up with your whole heart. It’s walking kids—and yourself—through the hardest conversations about trauma, loss, grief, racism, or violence. As we work to piece together our education system in the fallout from a global pandemic, the focus must be on the teachers. If the people in charge—those teachers—aren’t okay, the students don’t stand a chance.

Dr. Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh bring together theory and practice, weaving the science of human development with real-life stories and tangible strategies told by those most qualified to share them—our teachers. This book is for those who need a place to land when they want to be reminded that, simply by the choice of their profession, they are a powerful force in shaping our world.


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I couldn't put it down. I loved the stories included of other educators’ experiences and the way each chapter ended with a question, quote and things to try. It is nice to be given actual strategies and advice on how to move forward. I really appreciated the emphasis on recognizing your privilege and how we cannot ignore race and racism any longer. Both of you were candid and open and honest.

Helen Vangool, Teacher

Teachers These Days is FILLED with heartfelt happies and heartbreaking hurts. I connect with the theory-into-practice way that it is set up and I appreciated the voices of the others in their raw, poignant stories.

Barbara Gruener, Counsellor & Character Coach

Oh, Sweet Mother. THIS. THIS IS WHAT TEACHERS NEED RIGHT NOW. TO READ THESE WORDS. Thank you. We love the stories. It honours the work and experience of educators while providing a familiar context to all teachers. The section on grief is captivating and visceral and beautiful. Thank you, both, so much for sharing this work, your words and your wisdom.

Meghan Reist, Vice Principal & Shelley Smith, Vice Principal

August 2021!