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Book aims to keep teachers' sanity!

HOW-TO GUIDE: Raceview State School teacher Charmaine Statham has written a book to help other teachers.
HOW-TO GUIDE: Raceview State School teacher Charmaine Statham has written a book to help other teachers. David Nielsen

CHARMAINE Statham is fighting to keep young teachers in the industry with her new book Sanity Savers.

Over her two decades in the industry, Mrs Statham said she had noticed how many teachers had left the profession early in their careers - so she decided to write a book to help new teachers navigate the treacherous and demanding profession.

"I've always wanted to write a book," she said.

"I saw a genuine need in the market for a book such as this to combat the high attrition rate of teachers.

"It's a fact that 25-40% of beginning teachers quit the profession within their first five years because they are completely unprepared for the demands the job entails."

The book contains four sections including managing yourself, dealing with parents, managing students and working with colleagues.

The how-to guide is designed to be lighthearted and entertaining as well as practical.

"Teaching, in my opinion, is as much a trade as a profession and this book contains the tools of the trade that I've developed over the last 20 years," she said.

"One reader commented that my book is to a teacher what a car manual is to a driver."

Parents have also taken interest in the book and have said the skills required for teaching can also be applied for successful parenting.

"Parents have commented on the book being very helpful as a parenting guide, particularly my section on what makes boys tick," Mrs Statham said.

"My favourite part about teaching is seeing the light bulb moments when kids first get it, it's like watching a baby take its first steps; it's magic and not many people have that opportunity."

Mayor Paul Pisasale has been a big supporter of the book which he said served to help future generations of students.

"It's fantastic what Charmaine has achieved through teaching with passion and purpose," Cr Pisasale said.

The book can be bought online through www. boolarongpress.com.au at a cost of $19.99 or $14.99 for the eBook.


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