When David Rockwood, a teacher at Payson High School in Utah, decided to combine two of his areas of expertise--athletics and psychology--into a new course, he ran into one major roadblock: There were no sports psychology textbooks targeted to a high school audience, U.S. News reports. So, he decided to write one himself. Rockwood is reportedly one of a handful of high school teachers nationwide who have written textbooks for their classrooms. There are many reasons a teacher might write a textbook: for niche courses, such as sports psychology, for which a suitable book doesn't exist; to self-publish supplementary...

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