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Stress and the Classroom


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Stress and the Classroom

  1. 1. JENNIFER REECE MODULE 6 NOVEMBER 24 TH , 2008 Stress and the Classroom
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Slide 3: Stress in the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4: Stress in your Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 5: Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 6: The Impact of Stress on Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 7: Stress on your Students </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 8: Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9: Stress as a Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10: Are you Stressed? </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 11: Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 12: Tying it all together: Stress </li></ul>
  3. 3. Stress in the Classroom <ul><li>A stressor is &quot;any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual, social system, or tissue system&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-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 </li></ul><ul><li>Some signs a student is stressed: academic problems, behavior problems, drug problems or the child complains daily about headaches or </li></ul><ul><li>stomachaches. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stress is part of even the youngest students' lives, making </li></ul><ul><li>the concept of a carefree childhood nearly obsolete.” </li></ul><ul><li>Coleman, M. & Fallin, K. & Wallinga, C. ( 2001). Helping children cope </li></ul><ul><li>with stress in the classroom setting. Childhood Education. Retrieved </li></ul><ul><li>November 22, 2008,;col1 </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What you can do as a Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful Resources </li></ul><ul><li>As a teacher you can help students deal with daily stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching ways to cope with stress can be incorporated into several subject areas like: Art, Health or Language Arts. </li></ul><ul><li>Art : Have the students paint or draw to express their emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Health: Explain the side effects of stress and different coping methods </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts : Have the students journal about their emotions or have them use creativity and write a story, this relaxes their mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Listed below are lesson plans that you can use to incorporate stress into your daily lesson plans: </li></ul><ul><li>- Health Lesson Plan : Striking Out Stress </li></ul><ul><li>-Computer Lab Lesson Plan : Taking Care of Me </li></ul><ul><li>-Art Activities : Exploring Stress </li></ul><ul><li>-Science Lesson Plan : Stress on the Body </li></ul>Stress in your Classroom
  5. 5. Summary <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>A-HA Moments: </li></ul><ul><li>- Children have stress too </li></ul><ul><li>- As a teacher, I am able to easily incorporate stress management into my lesson plans </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Impact of Stress on Learning <ul><li>- Today’s research suggests that stress can block chemical reactions in the brain that are necessary for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>- Stress can disrupt learning and memory development as it forces the brain to revert to more primitive survival needs. </li></ul><ul><li>“ We have much to learn about the </li></ul><ul><li>impact of stress on learning and </li></ul><ul><li>memory.” </li></ul><ul><li>MacArthur. ( 2004).The Human Brain. The Franklin Institute Online. Retrieved </li></ul><ul><li>November 22, 2008, </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Example: How Stress Impacts Learning </li></ul><ul><li>- Students often have performance </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of us can recall a time when the </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety of presenting a presentation </li></ul><ul><li>made our minds go “blank”. When the </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety finally passes all the information </li></ul><ul><li>comes back. When this happens </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety gets out of control and crosses </li></ul><ul><li>to the other side of the curve and </li></ul><ul><li>performance plummets. </li></ul>Stress on your Students
  8. 8. Summary <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>A-HA Moments: </li></ul><ul><li>-Students can be negatively affected by stress </li></ul><ul><li>- The brain can be one the first places to be affected. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stress as a Teacher <ul><li>One-third of new teachers leave the profession after the first five years because of the stressful challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Crute, S. ( 1997).Teacher Stress: Stressed Out. NEA. Retrieved </li></ul><ul><li>November 22, 2008, </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Stress Test </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do </li></ul><ul><li>Click the URL below to see what your level of stress is. </li></ul><ul><li>How stressed are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Click the URL below to get 10 great tips on living a less stressful life </li></ul><ul><li>Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life </li></ul><ul><li>Make to do list </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize your list </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Art- Drawing or Painting </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh </li></ul><ul><li>Be with family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Have a day or night to yourself </li></ul>Are you Stressed?
  11. 11. Summary <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>A-HA Moments: </li></ul><ul><li>Most teachers are moderate to extremely stressed. </li></ul><ul><li>- Some teacher quit with the first couple of years due to stress </li></ul>
  12. 12. Tying it all Together… <ul><li>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… </li></ul><ul><li>LIVE IT! </li></ul>