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Educating with Passion and Purpose

Keep the Fire Going without Burning Out

Matson, Meredith / Shoaf, Rebekah


1. Auflage April 2023
224 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-89361-5
John Wiley & Sons

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Stay engaged with your purpose to better serve your students--and yourself

In an era of sky-high burnout, Educating with Passion and Purpose gives veteran educators everything they need to thrive in their profession. This book will help you avoid the disenchantment and frustration that can come from doing the difficult work of K-12 education. You are in this field because you want to make a difference, but you often lack the support you need to do that amid overwhelming demands. Experienced educators themselves, authors Meredith Matson and Rebekah Shoaf speak the truth about what today's teachers confront--and how you can navigate the changing landscape to face the challenges and opportunities we encounter.

Inside, you'll find frequent opportunities for self-reflection on the topics that matter most to educators, including race, privilege, wellbeing, mentorship, and how to rise to the social-emotional demands that teaching asks. At a time when many teachers are leaving the field within the first years of their careers, Educating with Passion and Purpose offers you a way forward, so you can nurture your students and professional self.
* Gain perspective on why you teach and what matters most to you in your career
* Explore how race and identity impact interactions in your classroom
* Learn practical strategies for protecting your social and emotional energy and seeking help
* Find a new sense of inspiration in your teaching practice with hands-on activities and tools

This book is perfect for educators with three or more years of experience. It also offers crucial insights for pre-service educators, staff developers, and experienced teachers looking for ways to avoid career burnout and other pitfalls traditional teacher-training programs did not prepare them.


Why We Wrote This Book

Who This Book Is For

How to Use This Book

Why Reflection Matters

Chapter 1: Finding Your Purpose

Meredith's Turn

My Why, My Drive

Pain and Loss

Becoming Invisible

My Drive for Leadership

Rebekah's Turn

Schooling vs. Learning

Finding My "Why"

Your Turn

Research to Help Excavate Your Purpose

Excavating Your Why

Refining Your Why

Amplifying Your Why

Connecting Your Why to Your Work

Exploring Your Ikigai

Meditating to Discover Your Why

Personality Tests and Purpose

The Roots of Your Purpose

Troubleshooting Your Purpose

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Helping Your Community Articulate Their Why

Finding Your Purpose as a Leader

Supporting Teachers in Understanding Purpose

Your School or District's Purpose

Asserting an Equity Stance

Chapter 2: Purpose and Burnout

Meredith's Turn

When Your Work Becomes a Job Rather than a Profession

What Feels Like Burnout But Isn't?

Searching for an Identity

What Do You Do When All You Do Is Complain?

Rebekah's Turn

Shift Happens

Losing My Prep Periods and My Purpose

Your Turn

Identifying Your Why Nots

Burnout Self-Assessment I

Burnout Self-Assessment II

Using the Burnout Spectrum

Identifying Possible Contributors to Burnout

Visualizing Your Own Fire

How Burnout Impacts BIPOC Educators

How Burnout Impacts Antiracist Educators

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Is Distributive Leadership Leading to Burnout?

What About Leader Burnout?

Chapter 3: What You Teach

Meredith's Turn

Bringing My Why Out on Day One

Developing Daily Lessons Infused with My Why

When Your Curriculum Leads You To Be Misaligned

Coaching Teachers Using Their Why

Rebekah's Turn

Designing for My Why

The Hazards of "High Expectations"

Designing for Transformation

Your Turn

Assessing Your Curriculum

Analyzing the Lessons that Resonate

What If You Hate Your Curriculum?

Standardized Tests Aren't Everything...But They Are Something

What If You're Still Learning Your Curriculum?

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Professional Development

Curriculum Design and Support

Chapter 4: How You Teach

Meredith's Turn

Gaining Respect and Building Authentic Relationship

Systems and Structures that Empower

Take Control of Planning

Rebekah's Turn

Keeping My Students' Reading Fires Going

Reframing Resistance

Your Turn

Assess Your Instruction

What If You Have to Use Mandated Instructional Methods?

Listening to Your Students

How's Your Sleep?

Connecting Instruction and Classroom Management

What If You're Still Learning How To Teach?

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Clear Structures and Expectations Help Everyone

Feedback Is Essential

Chapter 5: Being the Lead Learner

Meredith's Turn

Pushing Myself as a Learner

Professional Development Within the School Setting

My First Lesson as a Principal

Rebekah's Turn

Professional Learning that's Personal and Purposeful

Summer Schooling

Your Turn

Who Are You As a Learner?

What Do You Need to Learn to Fuel Your Purpose? How Do You Need to Learn It?

What Do You Have Control of When It Comes to Your Learning?

What if the PD at Your School Isn't Adequate?

What If You Just Need a Break?

What If You Need Time to Reconnect with Family and Friends?

What If You Need a Change of Scenery?

What If You Need to Earn Extra Money?

What If You Need to Provide Childcare?

What If You've Been Assigned a Mentor You're Not Learning From?

What If the PD Is Causing Your Burnout?

Reading to Learn

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Chapter 6: Finding Your Professional Home

Meredith's Turn

The Interview Process Can Tell You About Your New Community

Finding My Home

Rebekah's Turn

Doing the Hiring

Aligning People, Positions, and Purpose

Your Turn

Reflecting on Purpose

People, Not Positions

When You Want To Be Hired

Change Is Hard

Additional Consideration for Leaders

Creating Space to Connect and Explore Identities

Knowing What You're Looking For

The Transformative Process

Reflective Prompts for School Leaders

Building a Bench

Chapter 7: Nourishing Your Network

Meredith's Turn

Being the Younger Sister to a True Inspiration

Challenging Patriarchal Norms

The Power of Mentors Who Believe in You

Cultivating a Team and Helping Leaders Rise

My Teacher Champions

Rebekah's Turn

Team You

Who I Learn From

Who I Learn With

Who I Teach

Your Turn

People Plus Purpose

A Framework for Thinking About Your Network

What If You're Having Trouble Finding Mentors?

Additional Considerations for Leaders

Supporting Teachers Through Community

Make Coaching a Priority

The Staff Lounge


Meredith's Turn

The School Leader Within Me

Rebekah's Turn

Why I Left

Where We Go From Here

Your Turn

Where Do You Go From Here?


Beginning of the Year Teacher Reflection Tool

Burnout Self-Assessment Checklist

Burnout Spectrum

Connecting School-wide Policies to Your Purpose

Excavating Your Why Reflection Tool

Fire Visualization Tool

The Five Whys

Intentional Summer Planning Protocol

Job Search Preparation Tool

Mentor Matching and Reflection

Modifying for Misalignment Tool

Network Reflection Tool

Planning Tool for a Sustainable Hiring Process

Preparing for Conversations about Equity

Professional Learning Reflection Tool

Purposeful Planning Tool for Professional Learning

Purposeful Planning Tool for Units and Lessons

Reflecting on Community Spaces for Collaboration

Reflection Tool for Burnout Factors

Reflective Tool for Designing Classroom Systems

Sample Student Feedback Survey

Staff Member Community Involvement Survey

Teacher-Led Inquiry Cycle for Professional Development

Time Management Tool

Back Matter


Meredith's Turn

Rebekah's Turn

Our Turn

About the Authors
Praise for Educating with Passion and Purpose

"Educating with Passion and Purpose is a useful new companion to resources on teacher wellness. The authors' personal stories are relatable and will provide insight for readers into their own desires to contribute meaningfully to education."
--Elena Aguilar, author of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

"Whether outdated curriculum, lack of professional development, or boundary-setting challenges, the path to burnout can be all too clear. Within this book, there are practical tools, engaging anecdotes, and research-backed strategies to reflect and rejuvenate--and fall in love with teaching again."
--Maia Heyck-Merlin, author The Together Teacher and The Together Leader

"For nearly fifteen years I've learned alongside Meredith and Rebekah, and I continue to learn from them through the pages of this book. They interweave their personal journeys with practical tips for educators in a way that truly gets to the heart of the matter: it's all about purpose. Teacher educators, teachers, and school leaders alike will identify, reflect, and improve their practice by engaging with the personal stories and reflective prompts in this book."
--Kristen Hawley Turner, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Teacher Education, Drew University

"This book is truly an inspiration to anyone fortunate enough to read it. The insightful advice, relatable experiences shared, and the encouragement and resources offered to overcome obstacles, make it applicable and useful for all educators--at any level in their careers. Through tears, smiles, and head nods in agreement, there is no doubt that this book will help unlock your 'why' and motivate you to grow as an educator."
--Shelby Sprung, Special education teacher, P94m

"Teachers, leaders, and anyone who works in education will benefit from Educating with Passion and Purpose: Keep the Fire Going without Burning Out. The stories, wisdom, and reflective activities will support educators to sustain and evolve throughout their career."
--Alexis Goldberg, Managing Director of School Support, The Urban Assembly

"Reading Meredith and Rebekah's stories reminded me not only of what I loved about learning in the classroom everyday with students, but also that this daily work is something I believe to be sacrosanct and the leader's duty to support and protect. When you are a district leader, it's easy to get caught up in the daily political and operational work that doesn't feel quite so sacred; reading their powerful narratives has inspired me to reconnect to my 'why' and to try and ground my daily work more explicitly with it in mind. This book could not have come at a better time."
--Carolyn Yaffe, Executive Director of Valley Charter Schools, California

"With the engaging voices of experienced teachers and leaders, the authors provide an insightful and pragmatic guide for educators who are questioning their purpose or facing burnout."
--Marshall A. George, Olshan Professor of Clinical Practice at Hunter College of the City University of New York

"Rebekah and Meredith provide a candid look at preventing and healing from teacher burnout and do so through personal story-telling that will draw you in in a deeply captivating way and will provide current and future educators with specific and equitable strategies to combat a very real problem in our field. Educators at all levels should pick up this book and learn from the infinite wisdom!"
--Carlos Beato, Ed.D., Co-Director of Next Generation Learning Challenges

"In the midst of a national teacher shortage, Matson and Shoaf provide a critical contribution to the discussion about how we retain, sustain, and reinvigorate educators -- by reconnecting with their purpose! Educators from the district office to the classroom should take note of these practical ideas for transforming experience and avoiding burnout."
--Jeffrey Garrett, Founder of JM Garrett Learning Group and Sr. Vice President of Leadership Development, The Partnership for Los Angeles, Schools

"In Educating with Passion and Purpose, Matson and Shoaf combine their extensive experience to create an invaluable resource for teachers and the leaders who support them. This book combines the power of personal narrative with practical reflection exercises and resources to help teachers build careers, curriculums, and communities grounded in purpose and filled with passion."
--Ivelisse Ramos Brannon, Former High School English Teacher, Curricular Consultant, and Ph.D. Student at Harvard University

"A thoughtful, heartfelt, and comprehensive guide--I'll be giving to every teacher I know."
--Jessica Murnane, Author of One Part Plant and Know Your Endo

"With compelling personal narratives and a plethora of practical suggestions, these veteran teacher-leaders provide educators at all levels practical and valuable examples of how to maintain energy and commitment in the classroom. Given the post-Covid education landscape, this book is required reading for everyone working in schools."
--Bil Johnson, Retired Public School Teacher Educator and author of The Student-Centered Classroom Handbook and Right Time, Right Places

"As former teacher, school founder and district administrator, I can honestly say that I've not read a book that more clearly, succinctly and powerfully provides a framework for both the struggle and possibility that exists in education. This should be required reading for everyone in the field, as it realistically regrounds the work in purpose and passion, while acknowledging the challenges."
--David Weinberg, Former New York City School Founder

"The question of how to develop and retain educators represents one of the most pressing challenges facing education today. Weaving their personal stories into generalizable insights about the nature of teaching and learning, Matson and Shoaf create opportunities for each reader to reflect on their passions, while reconnecting us to our common sense of purpose as educators and reigniting our belief in the power of education for all students. Educating for Passion and Purpose is a must read for every educator who seeks to rekindle the flame fueling our professional capacities as stewards of tomorrow's leaders."
--David Adams, Chief Executive Officer, The Urban Assembly
Meredith Matson is Principal at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction in New York. In her twenty-one years as an educator, she has also been a teacher, assistant principal, mentor to new teachers, history department chair, and grade-team leader.

Rebekah Shoaf has been an educator for twenty years and is the CEO of the educational consulting firm What If Schools. She is also founder and owner of Boogie Down Books, a bookstore-without-walls(r) for kids, teens, families, and educators.