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Riding the Wave

Deftly navigate the constant cycles of change and reform with the support of this actionable resource. Author Jeremy S. Adams identifies five key teacher relationships—the self, students, colleagues, administrators, and the community—and outlines how change impacts each. Discover concrete strategies for not only strengthening these relationships but also rediscovering professional purpose and truly thriving in the classroom.


  • Recognize the waves of change that are characteristic of 21st century education.
  • Explore the dynamics of the five key relationships in which classroom teachers are involved.
  • Identify the ways in which teacher morale affects teacher efficacy and collaboration, as well as overall school morale.
  • Reflect on and respond to the problem or strategy presented at the end of every section.
  • Learn specific research-based strategies for improving the five key relationships.

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Part I: The Self
Chapter 1: Recognizing the Need for Self-Care
Chapter 2: Practicing Self-Care
Part II: Students
Chapter 3: Understanding Stress Among the Desks
Chapter 4: Promoting Learning and Mitigating Student Anxiety
Part III: Colleagues
Chapter 5: Unraveling the Conflict Among Teachers
Chapter 6: Committing to Teacher Collaboration
Part IV: Administration
Chapter 7: Identifying Divergent Teacher and Principal Perspectives
Chapter 8: Maintaining Staff Cohesion Through Communication
Part V: The Community
Chapter 9: Viewing Education From a Distance
Chapter 10: Connecting Citizens and Schools


Chapter 2

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Chapter 8

Chapter 10



  • Boogren, T. H. (2018). Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., and Fullan, M. (2013). Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.


Chapter 2

Chapter 10