What a great book—for those beginning their training and for those in induction programs, as well as for all those already in the classrooms. Eckert reminds us of the power, complexity, simplicity, and joys of teaching. He asks us to savor the time as teachers, and make the experience meaningful to you, your students, and your colleagues. And he backs this with so many ways of thinking and doing that remind us daily of why we all entered this profession: to maximize our impact on others.
- John Hattie, Author, VISIBLE LEARNING® series
This beautifully written, refreshing, and highly intelligent book highlights the much overlooked human side of teaching. But it’s not “fluff.” Jon demystifies the complexity of education and shines a spotlight on three necessary teaching elements, helping readers focus on what matters—to change the life of each student.
- Megan Allen, NBCT, Founder, 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year
Leave it to Jon Eckert to take a phrase that conjures up the skin crawl of proverbial nails on a chalkboard, use it as a book title, and then convince the reader to embrace it! Just Teaching does just that. Although “This book is only about three things,” the synergy of well-being, engagement, and feedback as explored in these eight chapters create a powerful design of the essentials to teach each student well. Educators who prepare, are prepared, or are preparing to teach will benefit from this thoughtful work of inspiring stories and practical tools.
- Ann Byrd, President of CTQ
With Just Teaching, Jon Eckert has written the right book for the right moment. District and school leaders are seeking coherent ways to frame the important work of academic recovery in a post-pandemic world. Eckert helps us by naming the FEW areas we must prioritize. His straightforward language along with built-in application tools allow even the busiest practitioners to read this book and — more importantly — use it with their teams in service of supporting students!
- Joan Dabrowski Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
The dehumanization of American education on many fronts in the wake of pandemic has often left teachers and students feeling alienated, like cogs in a broken system that no longer cares. The solution is as it has always been: in the eternity-altering spark exchanged between caring teacher and engaged student. In Just Teaching, Jon Eckert injects new life and passion into this most noble profession, providing simple yet refreshingly-creative strategies for engaging students, advancing their wellbeing, and restoring joy into the schoolhouse. This book will make teachers remember why they love what they do!
- Jay Ferguson, Head of School, Grace Community School, Tyler, TX.
Dr. Jon Eckert’s joy and admiration for the teaching profession has led him to create a book for teachers that combines a mix of practical advice with life giving advice for finding the joy in the work. In Just teaching: Feedback, Engagement, and Wellbeing for each student, he shares advice and research about finding the essential parts of the job while also serving each student. In a time when our schools and communities need teachers more than ever, this book provides a roadmap for new teachers to begin their profession focusing on the most important aspects of the work and gives experienced teachers space to reclaim their enjoyment of teaching. Woven throughout are practical exercises for reflection, entertaining stories and research supporting the practices he recommends. “Each educator matters because each student matters” and this book is a roadmap for making teaching a joy filled and sustainable profession. And, he wouldn’t be a former eduwonk without including a one pager to summarize all this useful advice.
- JoLisa Hoover, US Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow 2008, 2014, 2015
It is easier than ever to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of demands placed on educators. In Just Teaching, Jon Eckert reminds us that while our plates as teachers may be perennially overfilled, success in the classroom often boils down to a handful of factors that, if approached thoughtfully, can often equal success. Eckert backs these claims up with deep and compelling research and provides his readers with a pile of proven tools for implementing these approaches in their classes. Just Teaching is that rare book that seamlessly blends scholarship, philosophy, and practicality and will be on my list to buy for almost every teacher I know.
- Matthew Johnson, Author of Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle and High School ELA
Jon Eckert delivers a powerhouse book that every educator (and parent) needs now. Students are struggling like never before, and Eckert’s Just Teaching clearly explains why every child must be seen, heard, and loved and how to get there. An urgent must read.”
- David Magee, bestselling author (Dear William) and a creator of the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University of Mississippi.
Jon Eckert is a rare jewel among teacher educators today. He brings together a deep understanding of educational research, of practical classroom realities, and of the love of Christ. In Just Teaching, he draws on these understandings to pull us all back to the core of all teaching and learning: Feedback, Engagement, Wellness. New and veteran educators will find this book revitalizing.
- Renee Moore, NBCT, BOD Vice Chair, Center for Teaching Quality
Just Teaching is a must-read for any teacher looking to build a strong classroom community where all voices are heard, students connect with the teacher, with each other, and take control of their learning. This book is needed today. In the state of our current world students make feel more disconnected from each other face to face than ever. The truth is that no matter how much the teaching profession changes and evolves, the students that sit in front of us just want us to connect with and understand them. In this book, Jon Eckert brings us back to the heart and soul of teaching and how to rehumanize the classroom experience.