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Building and Sustaining a Teaching Career : Strategies for Professional Experience, Wellbeing and Mindful Practice


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This text introduces pre-service teachers to the coping strategies, formal and informal practices, time management and organisation skills, and positive psychology critical to self-care as they are undertaking the professional experience component of their initial teacher education degrees.

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ISBN 9781108724722

Lemon N and McDonough S







Professional experience in initial teacher education programs can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. As student teachers take their first steps in the classroom, they often encounter stresses that compromise their teaching and learning. Within this context, well-being, resilience and self-efficacy are critical to their success. Building and sustaining a teaching career introduces the coping strategies, informal and formal practices, time management and organisational skills, and positive psychology critical to self-care for professional experience. The text uses case studies, ‘fill your bucket’ strategy building solutions, reflection activities and discussion and journaling questions designed to build capacity and develop reader knowledge, while pre-service teacher voices highlight key elements through real-world perspectives and experiences. Drawing upon a combination of teaching experience and education research, Narelle Lemon and Sharon McDonough present thoughtful, practical approaches that equip pre-service teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge for embarking on a successful teaching career.

About the author
Narelle Lemon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Swinburne University with research areas focused on participation and engagement. She explores this through a variety of avenues including creativity and arts education, positive psychology specifically aimed at mindfulness practice and coping strategies, and social media use for learning and professional development. Narelle blogs at www.exploreandcreateco.com on mindfulness and self-care, Tweets as @Rellypops and curates an online project to promote stories of how mindfulness are applied to people’s lives from various disciplines in the community on Instagram through @exploreandcreateco. Sharon McDonough is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in initial teacher education and teacher development in the School of Education at Federation University Australia. Sharon draws on socio-cultural theories of teacher emotion and resilience that she brings to aims of i) how to best prepare and support teachers for entry into the profession; and ii) how to support teacher, and teacher educator, professional learning across the lifespan of their careers.

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