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Frustration Busters


This book is dedicated to all the educators who have shown
up—even on the hard days, who have done their best to
put students first, who have supported their colleagues,
who have given compassion in ample measure, and have
shared readily of their well-stocked candy drawers.

This book is also dedicated to those who have struggled
with whether to stay in the profession, who have sat at
their desks with the lights off at the end of a class and wondered
if they can make it through the rest of the day, who
have found themselves with compassion fatigue in real
measure, and have eaten their candy drawer in its entirety.

This job isn’t easy. But it’s important. I sure don’t have all
the answers, but I know a few things:

We are better together.

It’s OK to be not OK sometimes.

We’ll keep trying because our students deserve the best.

Frustration is universal, even for the most effective and experienced teachers. The steady drip of forgotten pencils, classroom disruptions, and unrealistic expectations can chip away at our resolve, creating a chasm between our love of teaching and our ability to continue happily in our chosen profession. Even more, frustrated teachers pass their stress on to students, who can experience academic losses and instability from high teacher turnover. 

There’s no “right” way to respond to specific frustrations. Instead, this book provides a process teachers can use to respond to difficult situations in healthy, effective ways that align with their own teaching style and goals. Frustration Busters helps teachers identify the source of frustrations, learn how to tackle them when they arise, and implement practices that will help prevent them from occurring in the first place. It’s filled with ideas for practical application that support a positive classroom experience.


“This book provides real, usable solutions that any teacher can deploy to break through common classroom frustrations.”—Stephanie Simpson, chief executive officer of the Association for Middle Level Education

“This is the practical, compassionate, evidence-based guide every educator needs.”—Phyllis Fagell, LCPC, author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help

“The book is filled with purposeful anecdotes paired with practical strategies that teachers can refer to in times of need.”—Phil Strunk, teacher and moderator of Wins and Losses Chat

For a free preview of the book, you can check out the Amazon page.

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