JENNIFER REECE MODULE 6 NOVEMBER 24 TH , 2008 Stress and the Classroom
Table of Contents
Slide 3: Stress in the Classroom
Slide 4: Stress in your Classroom
Slide 5: Summary
Slide 6: The Impact of Stress on Learning
Slide 7: Stress on your Students
Slide 8: Summary
Slide 9: Stress as a Teacher
Slide 10: Are you Stressed?
Slide 11: Summary
Slide 12: Tying it all together: Stress
Stress in the Classroom
A stressor is "any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual, social system, or tissue system"
-Children are affected by school-related stressors such as: failing grades, overly demanding classroom environments, athletic requirements, peer relationships, tests, and conflicts with their teachers
Some signs a student is stressed: academic problems, behavior problems, drug problems or the child complains daily about headaches or
“ Stress is part of even the youngest students' lives, making
the concept of a carefree childhood nearly obsolete.”
Coleman, M. & Fallin, K. & Wallinga, C. ( 2001). Helping children cope
with stress in the classroom setting. Childhood Education. Retrieved
November 22, 2008, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3614/is_200110/ai_n8967781/pg_1?tag=artBody;col1
What you can do as a Teacher
As a teacher you can help students deal with daily stress.
Teaching ways to cope with stress can be incorporated into several subject areas like: Art, Health or Language Arts.
Art : Have the students paint or draw to express their emotions
Health: Explain the side effects of stress and different coping methods
Language Arts : Have the students journal about their emotions or have them use creativity and write a story, this relaxes their mind.
Listed below are lesson plans that you can use to incorporate stress into your daily lesson plans:
- Health Lesson Plan : Striking Out Stress
-Computer Lab Lesson Plan : Taking Care of Me
-Art Activities : Exploring Stress
-Science Lesson Plan : Stress on the Body
Stress in your Classroom
By reading this article, I have learned that stress can have a affect on ANY age. Stress can even affect children too. I believe this is because children have more responsibilities today than ever before.
- Children have stress too
- As a teacher, I am able to easily incorporate stress management into my lesson plans
The Impact of Stress on Learning
- Today’s research suggests that stress can block chemical reactions in the brain that are necessary for learning.
- Stress can disrupt learning and memory development as it forces the brain to revert to more primitive survival needs.
“ We have much to learn about the
impact of stress on learning and
MacArthur. ( 2004).The Human Brain. The Franklin Institute Online. Retrieved
November 22, 2008, http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/credits.html
Example: How Stress Impacts Learning
- Students often have performance
Most of us can recall a time when the
anxiety of presenting a presentation
made our minds go “blank”. When the
anxiety finally passes all the information
comes back. When this happens
anxiety gets out of control and crosses
to the other side of the curve and
Stress on your Students
After reading this article, I have learned that stress needs to be handled as a serious matter. Stress can have a negative effect on our bodies, including our brains. We should learn how to take care of this issue so we can have a healthy body and brain.
-Students can be negatively affected by stress
- The brain can be one the first places to be affected.
Stress as a Teacher
One-third of new teachers leave the profession after the first five years because of the stressful challenges.
A recent survey by Optum Research, a Minnesota-based company that studies work-related health risks, found that 88 percent of teachers experience moderate to high levels of stress.
What to do in your classroom to help you : Create systems, organize, make different “centers” in your room, upgrade your TECHNOLOGY, and make to do lists for each day.
What to do at home to help you : Have a family calendar, have a to do list for household chores, plan your meals out, and have some down time each night with your family.
Crute, S. ( 1997).Teacher Stress: Stressed Out. NEA. Retrieved
November 22, 2008, http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0401/stressed.html
The Stress Test
What you can do
Click the URL below to see what your level of stress is.
How stressed are you?
Click the URL below to get 10 great tips on living a less stressful life
Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life
Make to do list
Prioritize your list
Art- Drawing or Painting
Be with family and friends
Have a day or night to yourself
Are you Stressed?
After reading the article, I have realized that as a teacher we need to not only take care of students but ourselves. Our attitude and stress level reflects on our classroom, our teaching and most importantly our students.
Most teachers are moderate to extremely stressed.
- Some teacher quit with the first couple of years due to stress
Tying it all Together…
Stress can have a negative influence on our lives. It can effect our emotional health, physical health and our mental health. As a teacher, our students come from all different walks of life, with different stresses they have to deal with. As a teacher, you need to notice these different stresses and help your students work through them by incorporating stress education into your lessons plans. As a role model to our students, we must first learn to handle stress ourselves. Look back at some of the suggestions I listed on how to live your life less stressful. Each one of them will help. Don’t just imagine life with out an overload of stress…