18 Nov The Silent Classroom Epidemic
Its no secret: stress has become epidemic.
Whether adult or child, anxiety threatens to permeate every area of our life. It comes from every angle; it can generate from our awareness of past failures, the demands of the present, or our worries about the future. And as today’s speed of change exponentially accelerates levels of stress in adults and children, the increasing variety of challenges become more and more difficult to manage.
As adults, we’ve had enough life experience to gain some insight into how our past influences our present and future in both positive and negative ways. And as we continue to gain more wisdom, we can continue to raise our potential to change things from our backstage “baggage” to our future fulfillment. But unfortunately, this is far more difficult for today’s youth, and they arrive in our classrooms with all sorts of problems. Teachers are left with the task of managing a plethora of emotional, psychological, and social issues – all while trying to teach them English or Calculus.
Stress management has become increasingly popular in today’s culture. Many corporations allow affordances for employees to take “mental health days.” And in a few schools, some attempts have been made to teach kids how to quiet the stressful thoughts that enter their young minds.
But what about teachers?
Teacher stress is at an all-time high. As the cartoon above illustrates, increasing levels of stress show up for teachers as they deal with an expanding range of their students’ “backstage baggage.” But they also face increasing class sizes, media saturated kids, “helicopter” parents, overloaded administrators, time famine, budget cuts, “top down” political decisions, increasing work loads. Teacher well-being is often neglected, but teachers will continue to be a critical part of our children’s success. Its clear that if we want our kids to get more from their educational experience, the health of their teachers is paramount. This new stress problem demands strategies and methods that are powerful, innovative and more effective, than the outdated “Just Say No” methods of the past, or the wishful thinking of some popular current techniques.
Our Educator Self-Care programs are designed to support teachers in their ongoing struggle to develop the important coping mechanisms needed for the supercharged and pressurized profession of teaching children. In this email series, we’ll be providing you with effective strategies for stress relief, time design ideas, and more – all part of Innertainment’s Educator Self-Care program. We encourage you to dive in to each week’s email, as you’ll be building techniques to help you with your self-management, and equip you to teach your student’s how to manage theirs. We believe that if we can learn how to manage this ever increasing speed of change, more time and energy will be left for teaching and learning the other skills necessary for college and beyond.
We soooooooooooo respect your dedication and heart felt love of children. Please make it a high priority to take care of yourself too!