Back to School Stress

Educators and students will soon be returning to classrooms, both virtual and in-person, this fall. Sometimes the back to school season can bring anxiety to both groups. As educators, here are some tips to help reduce your stress and anxiety and that of your students.

“Students are not the only ones who get stressed or have strong emotional reactions when things happen in class. The teacher’s sense of his or her own emotions and energy can affect the way the class responds, particularly in unexpected, emotionally charged moments.” – Lenore Balliro

Check in with yourself

Both child and adult learners can tell if you are nervous or anxious. Educators’ stress can have a ripple effect on students and colleagues. If you can manage your stress well, you will demonstrate this skill to your learners and help them to feel calm. Be sure not to take on more commitments than you can comfortably handle. Bring stress-relieving activities into your routine like mindfulness.

Create a checklist

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to have a plan in place. Many people use checklists to help create the plan and keep themselves on target. Check out the links below for sample checklists.

Connect with other educators

Connecting with people in a similar situation to yours can offer inspiration, support and invigoration. Connect with other educators either socially or professionally or both! If you are an administrator, it is important to identify opportunities and offer a supportive space for educators to meet and collaborate.

Have a look at the video below explaining the use and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) for adults in a K-12 school context.

For more ways to beat back to school stress, check out the resources below.


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