California Educator

December/January 2021

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Avoiding Burnout, Gaining Peace S I X Y E A R S A G O , Grossmont Education Association member and high school English teacher Dan Tricarico found himself headed toward burnout, even though he loved teaching and didn't want to quit. He started a blog to help him work through his stress, which soon turned into The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquil- ity in the Classroom. Though the book published in 2015, its message is perhaps more needed and urgent today. Tricarico, now in his 30th year of teaching, uses The Zen Teacher in workshops across the country to help educators reduce stress and improve their self-care. It shows how Zen-inspired techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, beginner 's mind, compassion, gratitude, subtraction, decluttering, nonjudgment, and intentional, radical self-care can help teachers achieve a greater sense of relaxation, peace and control so they thrive both inside and outside the classroom. On Amazon. Got something for these pages? Send details to with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward new(ish) work that can be used in the classroom. 63 D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 21 C Continued from page 64 From Within Thank you for remaining committed to our students. Thank you for being resilient through all the changes in our education system. Thank you for showing our students what courage is in unsettling times. THANK YOU, TEACHERS.

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