George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teacher Wellness

Hitting a wall? Explore self-care strategies to battle teacher burnout, and rediscover your inner superhero to bring excitement and creativity back into your classroom.

  • Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

    Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
    Stephen Merrill
  • During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital

    In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning.
  • 5 Tips to Help Student Teachers Stay Positive

    A student teaching placement has its own challenges, and it’s vital to be reflective and have a growth mindset.
  • Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change

    Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard.
    Emily Kaplan
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
  • 7 Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession

    Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers.
  • Prioritizing Teacher Self-Care

    It’s a simple self-care strategy: Teachers text a colleague to cover their class for a minute when they need to de-escalate and recharge.
  • The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
  • Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • How to Make the Most of Winter Break

    Learn one teacher’s strategies to return from break well-rested and recharged.
  • 13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
  • Don’t Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

    Use these ideas to recover your sense of self and your joy in teaching.
  • Burnout Isn’t Inevitable

    Teachers are stressed—but schools can help.
  • When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

    Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.