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Ryan Racine understands teaching and he understands stoicism, but most importantly, he understands the connection between the two. In addition to sharing wise and profound ideas of where teaching and stoicism overlap and how to leverage both, in The Stoic Teacher, Racine also provides us with resources and activities to help us improve and deepen our own understanding, wisdom, and practice.

— Dan Tricarico,  Author The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom

Ryan Racine’s short book deftly distills Stoic theory and practice for busy teachers so they can start applying it to their lives ASAP. 

— Gregory Lopez, Author A Handbook for New Stoics

Author Ryan Racine translates some basic principles of ancient stoic philosophy into a framework for self-analysis and introspection that rivals some of the most popular modern books from cognitive psychology.

— Robert J. Marzano, Author The New Art and Science of Teaching

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In this practical and accessible self-help book for educators, teacher and well-known student of Stoicism, Ryan Racine, shows us how the ancient philosophy can help teachers deal with day-to-day stresses, manage classroom behavior better, and strive to become better teachers! The book, the first to teach Stoicism for teachers, is full of important lessons such as:

  • focusing on what you can control and letting go of what you can’t
  • preparing for problems without anxiety
  • creating realistic and achievable goals
  • fostering an attitude of gratitude for what went well even on a bad day.

Written in a warm tone, The Stoic Teacher intertwines discussion of ancient philosophy with practical activities to help teachers apply Stoicism to their teaching practice. Discussion questions, and a chapter of reflections from teachers using Stoicism can inspire you to find a way to use what you’ve learned!

Whether you’re looking for a little help dealing with some difficulties or hoping to embrace a new outlook on life, whether you read it cover-to-cover, or pick the chapters you need now, The Stoic Teacher has something for everyone!


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Dimensions 9 × 6 in
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978-1-956159-12-7

Pages

112 pages

Publication Date

1 Jun 2022

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6 x 9 inches

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Praise and Reviews

Ryan Racine understands teaching and he understands stoicism, but most importantly, he understands the connection between the two. In The Stoic Teacher, Racine also provides us with resources and activities to help us improve and deepen our own understanding, wisdom, and practice.

— Dan Tricarico, Author, The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom

As a teacher and runner, Ryan Racine knows a thing or two about endurance. In The Stoic Teacher, Ryan shares practical strategies to help weary teachers revive our embattled hope and regain our shattered composure, by drawing on the Stoic wisdom that has grounded him and carried him through all manner of challenging situations as a teacher, himself.

— Donna Quesada, author Buddha in the Classroom

Author Ryan Racine translates some basic principles of ancient stoic philosophy into a framework for self-analysis and introspection that rivals some of the most popular modern books from cognitive psychology.

— Robert J. Marzano, Chief Academic Officer, Marzano Resources, author The New Art and Science of Teaching

Ryan Racine’s short book deftly distills Stoic theory and practice for busy teachers so they can start applying it to their lives ASAP. Each chapter is targeted to specific challenges that teachers face, and end-of-chapter reflections along with exercise templates allow the reader to get the hang of Stoic practice almost immediately.

— Gregory Lopez, Author A Handbook for New Stoics

It seems incredible that thousands of years ago the Stoics were creating rules to live by that still seem fresh and innovative today. In this helpful book, Ryan Racine looks at how we can apply these approaches and techniques to the often challenging life of a 21st Century teacher, with plenty of practical examples along the way. Be prepared for major lightbulb moments

— Rachael Roberts, ELT author, teacher trainer, and life coach

 

Teaching is a tough job. The Stoic Teacher will give you the tools to  overcome difficulties and thrive in the classroom.

— Steve Karafit, The Sunday Stoic

From mindset to self-care, the Stoic Teacher gives us a fresh perspective and a new approach to becoming the educator that we set out to be at the beginning of our career.

— Robert Dunlop, Author Strive for Happiness in Education

I am so happy that I read this book. I learned from it as I was enjoying the gentle and nurturing tone of the author’s delivery. I cannot wait to use the tools and recommendations, and to put into practice everything from the journaling framework (I usually avoid journaling) to the wise reflection on what could happen in the future!

— Ruth Pearce, CIO ALLE LLC, Coach, Speaker, Author

Ryan Racine in The Stoic Teacher reveals how adopting Stoicism as his “life philosophy” changed his perspective on teaching. Each chapter includes excellent journaling prompts. We discover how to work with anger, disappointment and the harsh judgement of others.

— Ranjini George, Professor, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

Ryan Racine’s The Stoic Teacher is a quick, value-packed read and is organized in a way that teachers will appreciate.  Each chapter is on-point and relevant, and each contains actionable homework that will help transform Stoic concepts into daily practice.  The stoic practice that Ryan lays out has the power to positively change how you approach life in and out of the classroom.

— Jeff MacLoud, teacher and entrepeneur

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2 Replies to “The Stoic Teacher”

  1. Resilience resource workbook for teachers
    It seems the prayer widely attributed to Dr Reinhold Niebohr which starts:”God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. ” is based on the older Stoic philosophy. This is a brief summary of the principles and taken together with a desire to live your best life and make a positive difference to the world in our inevitably finite lives underpins the lessons in this book.

    It is logically presented with each chapter having factual or informational content with exercise(s) to make the application more personal and a set of questions stimulating reflection and encouraging implementation. The last chapter is a collection of social proofs from a range of teachers employing this Stoic approach. There is a complete bibliography included and the author makes fair reference to where ideas or approaches originate throughout the text.

    The author explains his personal adoption and employment of the principles and gives quotes of his answers to some of the exercises.The writing style is approachable without being condescending and allows for personal preferences, priorities and choices. Modern and ancient texts are quoted, yet there is much relevance to modern life. I can easily perceive how getting into the mindset explained and advocated can achieve the promises of the subtitle, but it will take work and application on the part of the reader.

  2. A Beginners Guide to Stoicism
    This is a wonderful book for those who want to be reflective teachers but don’t know where to start. Rancine interweaves the history of stoicism with how it can be utilized in classrooms today. I found his explanations easy to understand, and I appreciated his explicit examples throughout the text. He offers many exercises to help one reflect on current and future practices. It was great to be given other resources as well; I would really like to explore more books about becoming a stoic teacher.

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