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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Stress Management
  • Language:English
  • Pages:68
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098310820

Better By The Letter

Educator Edition

by Sandi Washburn View author's profile page

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Better By The Letter: Educator Edition is a self-help book providing 26 quick, easy to use strategies to manage daily stressors in the life of a teacher. Although the descriptions and applications in the book are geared toward educators, the activities can be applied to multiple situations and sub-groups. Bringing a little fun into the world of teaching, a little playfulness back in to the day, and validation of all educators' need to practice self-care, this book is a must.

Better By The Letter: Educator Edition brings 26 quick and easy to use strategies to manage daily  stressors in the life of a teacher both in and out of the classroom.  The practices were selected with the teacher in mind - each one offering ideas on how and when to use them for the adult before and after class,  as well as how to model and share them in the classroom to the benefit of the students.  

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Better By The Letter by Sandi Washburn is a handy manual that gives readers 26 strategies to help them feel better in alphabetical order. Many times teachers are put under stress by asking them to regulate their emotions, to plan and organize, to learn new things, without telling them how to handle the stress. The techniques and tools in the book teach them self-care so that there is peace in their daily lives. The exercises and fun suggestions are easy to practice and incorporate into daily living so that burnout does not occur. Let's read the author's references to the effects and practices she has gathered from the many phases of her life, and become students of self-care.

The approach is fresh and the thought of having the strategies discussed by the letter is innovative and interesting. It is a quick and easy read and helps to address stress and burnout issues without making it too difficult for readers to practice. Stress happens to everyone and this book will help teachers to learn self-care and stress management and become focused, energized, and eager to tackle tasks and assignments. The Table of Letters at the end of the book is helpful to remember the content in each chapter and decide on what needs to be practiced at a particular point in time to bring stress levels down. Better By The Letter by Sandi Washburn is a good gift for teachers and to have in all libraries, especially schools and universities, so that they will learn how to breathe and relax and make their teaching experience a happy and joyful one.

About the author

Sandi Washburn is a Behavior & Wellness Coach in her local school district, a professional development provider to community support agencies, and a trainer/speaker at national conferences for educators.  Drawing from her degree in Behavioral Medicine, 25+ years of experience teaching and training, and her life as a single parent of triplets, Sandi shares practical strategies for maintaining emotional and physical health through humor, play, and storytelling. She has authored one book prior to this, a children's book on the topic of loss titled "Good Night, Grandma". When she's not working, you can typically find her walking or running with her dog, listening to podcasts, and otherwise enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Better By The Letter Better By The Letter by Sandi Washburn is a motivational and inspirational book that should be used at least daily, if not multiple times each day! All 26 letters of the alphabet provide poignant calming activities and techniques to begin or end your day on a stress free note. These techniques can also be sprinkled intermittently throughout your day. Set aside 3-5 minutes each morning and chose a letter for the day. You can choose to do this independently or have your children and/or partner join you. A tremendous way to start each day! This engaging book is truly a labor of love! You will feel Sandi’s calmness and positivity with each activity in which you engage. Not only is this a phenomenal personal book, but it can easily be shared with co-workers and students to create the work/learning environment for others to thrive! I highly recommend Better By The Letter by Sandi Washburn for everyone, no matter what your age! Educators, parents, students, offices, parents-to-be, grandparents, friends, graduates and above all… YOU! -Amanda B. Read more
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