Causes of Student Stress

Hello All!

Last time I spoke about what types of stress there is and how it can affect students. This post is going to be about things that students stress about. I was reading this link and it was crazy to see some of these reasons students are stressing. Here are some of the factors that surprised me or shocked me the most:

Changes to routine: A routine including dedicated homework time and a consistent sleep schedule helps guide students through their day. When changes to the usual routine start to happen, your child may find it more difficult to manage his or her time, leading to more stress.” I know that some students do not like change to routine, and I see that in the classroom setting; but I had no idea that they could stress due to home routine changes.

Participating in class: For many children, the thought of getting called on in class and speaking in front of their classmates can be terrifying. This can be particularly true if your child struggles to keep up in a subject or area (common examples are math and reading).” Looking at my class this semester (grade 1), I can not see any of them not wanting to share in the discussion or wanting to try and read in front of the class. Even though I don’t hear them say they don’t want to, that does not mean that they want to. This really turned my head a new way.


To conclude, there is a lot of things I did not know that cause students to stress. My goal is to take this information into the classroom to help the students feel safe and happy in this environment. I hope that this helps you as well and maybe there is something you read here that you may not know.

Next post I will be sharing a different perspective of stress.



Common Causes of School Stress For Students


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  1. I love this topic of student stress because it’s really applicable for me right now. There is a student in my practicum class that suffers with major anxiety. I was lucky enough to be invited to his IEP meeting last week and was able to hear about everything that causes his anxiety to heighten, and strategies for how to calm him back down.
    The biggest thing for this particular student is changes in routine. If there is ever something going on that happens to be different than what he is used to, we have to tell this students a few days in advanced in order for him to mentally prepare himself for the situation. If we aren’t able to give him a few days notice, even in the morning at the beginning of the day is way better than a spur of the moment change.

    Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your next post!

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I am glad that you found a connection to this topic. That is really cool that you were able to sit in on the students meeting to see how that goes. Change is definitely rough for young students and it is important to know and work on that as soon as the students come in in the morning.

  2. I love this! Looking at all of the different causes of stress that one would not usually think of. I know for myself personally that changes in routine cause me a fair amount of stress. I love that more and more people are starting to understand the causes of stress for students and the implications of it on their learning!

    1. Thank you Brae. I do agree that people should know these topics because they are not just causing students to stress, but also adults. Thank you for sharing your connection.

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