Dr. Julie Hasson, assistant professor and school administration program director in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, has authored her second book, Pause, Ponder, and Persist in the Classroom: How Teachers Turn Challenges into Opportunities. It was released on June 14, 2023, by Routledge.
“Teaching is full of challenges, and the way teachers respond to those challenges can light them up or burn them out,” noted Hasson. “This book provides strategies to help teachers stay longer, grow stronger, and keep making an impact.”
After spending a year with impactful educators, Hasson identified the strategies these educators use to stay longer, grow stronger, and keep making an impact. These powerful strategies were synthesized into a three-step framework of pausing, pondering, and persisting:
- First, teachers pause before reacting to an unexpected challenge, then they can intentionally choose a response.
- Next, they suspend assumptions and approach the challenge from a place of curiosity.
- Finally, they persist in this dance of patient inquiry and thoughtful responses in a way that leads to greater satisfaction for teachers and better outcomes for students.
“The former students I interviewed often shared stories about the ways teachers took a challenge in the classroom and turned it into an opportunity to impact their lives. I set out to understand and illuminate how teachers do that.”
“The former students I interviewed often shared stories about the ways teachers took a challenge in the classroom and turned it into an opportunity to impact their lives,” said Hasson. “I set out to understand and illuminate how teachers do that.”
“I'm excited to share this book with educators, and I hope it provides them with inspiration and helpful tools,” she added.
Hasson joined the Reich College of Education faculty in 2020. Her research interests include educator resilience and school/classroom culture. In 2021, Hasson published her first book, Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom: The Remarkable Ways Teachers Shape Students' Lives. She is also the director of the Equity-Centered Principal Pipeline Grant.