Take time for self-care

By Jim Knight
October 2020
Vol. 41, No. 5
We are experiencing at least five major disruptions simultaneously: a global pandemic, fears about the economy, a national reckoning about racism, divisive rhetoric from Washington, and, if we work in schools, a deep uncertainly about what it is that is we actually do as professionals and how, as schools navigate between remote, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction. All of these changes, whether they have potential for good or not, involve the stress inherent to change. That is why now, more than at any time in our lives, educators must do something that doesn’t come naturally to us: We must take the time needed to take care of ourselves. Three simple things can help us to have better self-care: purpose, healthy habits, and compassion (for others and,

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Jim Knight, senior partner of Instructional Coaching Group, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic.  Knight’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as the Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Knight directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Knight also leads the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institutes and the Teaching Learning Coaching annual conference. Knight has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

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