Magazine article American Music Teacher

Teaching with Vitality: Pathways to Health & Wellness for Teachers & Schools

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Teaching with Vitality: Pathways to Health & Wellness for Teachers & Schools

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by Peggy D. Bennett. Oxford University Press, 2018.

global.oup.com; 232 pp., $19.95.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Teaching with Vitality: Pathways to Health & Wellness for Teachers & Schools by Peggy D. Bennett, professor emerita of music education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. The book opens with a brief bio about the author, highlighting her background in mediation, teaching and mentoring. The goal of the book as stated by the author is to read, reflect, ponder, discuss and use her "nuggets of wisdom" to reflect on your own roles, thoughts and actions as teachers, mentors or educators.

What I loved about the book is that the chapters are all two pages! There are no excuses to NOT read this book! She presents her thoughts and ideas briefly and in a straightforward manner in a concise two-page chapter. Each chapter is specifically focused on an idea, an emotion, a conflict, a way of thinking, a way of behaving or a way of understanding. In these chapters she covers such topics as "the Teacher's Creed," "boundaries," "listening," "assertiveness," "change," "confidentiality," "trust," "problem solving," "fear," "professionalism" and "musicality" just to name a few. …

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