Student Stress in the Classroom

Hey all,

I have shared my interest in stress in the classroom and I feel that the website below clearly shows different forms of stress students have in the classroom. One thing I really liked about this link was that it did not just talk about students stressing about stress because of the classroom (grades and homework). It also incorporates family stress and stress due to media and environmental dangers. This is important to see as educators because not all students will worry about the same thing. We need to be aware of this because we want to be able to support the students and give them the ability to do their best knowing someone is there to listen and talk to them.

 

Another thing I found very interesting was their explanation of the different types of stress.

  • “Positive stress response – is considered as a normal part of healthy development
  • Tolerable stress response – activates the body’s alert systems to a greater degree as a result of more severe, longer-lasting stressors
  • Toxic stress response – can occur when a child experiences strong and/or prolonged multiples stressful events without adequate adult support. It can disrupt early brain development and lead to many health problems.”

This is important to see because when I thought of stress I thought of the negative side and never thought about it being positive.

https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/health-and-community/enewsletter/how-kids-experience-stress

Can’t wait to hear what you all think about this article!

Jaime

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7 Comments

  1. This is such an important topic! I love how the blog gave ways for schools and parents to help with student stress. It seemed like the tips provided really encompassed a lot of different things that could have a positive impact on student stress. It really shows how so many things can play a role when it comes to stress. It is crazy to think about how valuable a safe, loving environment is for people and how we get to help provide that to young people. I also hadn’t really thought about positive stress before, I wonder if we can/should encourage more positive stress in the classroom for our students?

    1. Thank you for your comment I definitely agree with what you have said. I think personally we should encourage positive stress because it helps with a child’s development.

  2. Great topic Jaime! Stress in the classroom is such a relevant topic and I think it will help us all to have this information. I like how you touched on the different types of stress, I never knew that. Great article as well, thanks for sharing!

    – Natasha

  3. Awesome topic, Jaime! I think this is very relevant as students will have all sorts of different factors contributing to stress, as will teachers! I love how you talked about the different kinds of stress and how it is not always a negative thing! Very informative article as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. thanks! I am looking forward to sharing more of my findings. I too really like the positive stress because I had no idea that was a thing.

  5. Stress has such a huge impact on student learning, and because students deal with stress in different ways, it is not always easy to see that they may be struggling. I love that you talked about helping students feel supported and cared about – it will definitely help students feel more safe in your classroom and build a better connection between everyone. Taking time to do a check-in with your students every time they enter the classroom (in the morning, after recess, after lunch recess) may be beneficial – perhaps some mindful breathing would be helpful as well!
    Can’t wait to learn more, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Shayna for your input. I definitely agree that check ins are super important and it makes the students feel part of the class family a little more than before.

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