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.

  • Ways to Reclaim Your Joy in Teaching

    Teaching is a stressful job, but these simple steps can help build happiness in the profession.
    Brandie Provenzano
  • 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
  • Why I Stay in Teaching

    A veteran teacher shares the motivations that have driven his work with students for more than two decades.
  • 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.
  • The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Burnout Isn’t Inevitable

    Teachers are stressed—but schools can help.
  • Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • 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.
  • When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

    Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.
  • In High School, the Kids Are Not All Right

    With social and academic pressure mounting, a teacher shares what he’s learned about tracking his students’ mental well-being.
  • Teaching With Trauma

    For teachers coping with adverse childhood experiences or other traumas, common classroom situations can trigger strong reactions.
  • Teaching With a Chronic Illness

    A few simple strategies can help teachers who have a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis stay effective while protecting their health.