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.



  • Teacher Wellness

    6 Strategies for Finding Your Calm

    Teachers need to regulate their emotions before they can help students regulate theirs, so creating moments of calm is essential.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Books That Foster Empathy and Hope

    An educator shares some of her favorite reads of 2018—fiction and nonfiction that may help you recharge over the break.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Simple Tips for Boosting Teacher Resilience

    Try these quick and easy ways to build resilience and relieve stress.
  • Mental Health

    Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • Teacher Wellness

    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.
  • Teachers Weigh In

    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
  • Teacher Wellness

    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.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • The Research Is In

    Burnout Isn’t Inevitable

    Teachers are stressed—but schools can help.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Teaching With Trauma

    For teachers coping with adverse childhood experiences or other traumas, common classroom situations can trigger strong reactions.
  • Teacher Wellness

    When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

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

    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.
  • Teacher Wellness

    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.
  • Mental Health

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    Responding to Disruptive Students

    Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.