To care for others well, teachers must care for themselves in healthy and responsive ways. The “love mandate” in Scripture, says that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22: 37-39). Far too often, Christians (particularly those in serving professions) fail to properly understand and enact healthy, God-honoring care for themselves. When teacher educators fail to model responsive self-care, they unwittingly perpetuate unhealthy messages about what it means to care well for others, and communicate to teacher candidates that doing good supersedes being well. In order to break unhealthy cycles and scripts relative to self-care, this paper presents four axioms for embodying and modeling healthy self-care.
Freytag, Cathy E.
"Embodying and Modeling Healthy Self-Care in Teacher Education,"
International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol11/iss1/3