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Stress Management and Recognition: Key Strategies for Teachers

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Stress Management

Concept by: Federica Di Bartolomeo

Description

Teaching can be one of the most beautiful but also the most challenging professions. As recent research has shown, teachers actually experience more stress than most of other workers. At the same time, also students often report the negative impact of stress on their mood, behavior and academic performances. But is there anything that educators can do manage stress and prevent its drawbacks?

This course has been designed precisely to provide teachers with effective tools and strategies to deal with their own and their students’ stress. Through practical hands-on activities, participants will learn how to foster their own well-being, and to maintain a favorable climate in their classroom.

The course present the most recent scientific evidence about the benefits of stress reduction programs, especially in school environments. Participants will be introduced to the effects of stress and anxiety on learning, and how to help pupils to prevent and manage stress. The course will hence provide direct experience of the most useful relaxation techniques to be used in the classroom and beyond. Participants will also have the opportunity to focus on emotional intelligence and emotional regulation as a powerful skill to cope with stress.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained knowledge about the most effective ways to deal with stress and they will be able to apply research-based strategies in their school community.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Use practical tools for stress management in educational environments;
  • Foster resilience and cope with stressful situations at the workplace to increase their well-being;
  • Improve their emotional intelligence to better deal with stress;
  • Integrate emotional intelligence skills into the curricula;
  • Help students to deal with school stress;
  • Understand the best relaxation techniques for educators and students.

Tentative description

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & Stress symptoms

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities; 
  • Icebreaker activities;

Stress symptoms

  • Recognizing the symptoms of stress in adults, teens, and children;
  • Effects of stress in educational environments;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Reliving stress

  • Easy relaxation exercises you can do on your own- anywhere, anytime;
  • Your brain on stress: everything a teacher needs to know!
  • The science of mind-body intervention: what research has proven and why it matters to you and your school (part I);
  • Emotional Intelligence and stress management.

Day 3 – Mindfulness

  • Easy relaxation exercises you can do on your own- anywhere, anytime;
  • The effects of stress on learning;
  • Emotional Intelligence as a school subject;
  • Mindfulness as a powerful stress management tool for educators;
  • Mindfulness guided exercise.

Day 4 – Combat stress

  • Chair Yoga sequence in the classroom: how to relax in a narrow room;
  • The science of mind-body intervention: what research has proven and why it matters to you and your school (part II);
  • Stress and nutrition;
  • Discovering the power of Art in fighting stress;
  • Mindfulness exercises and resources for children and teens (part I).

Day 5 – Relaxation strategies & Course closure

Relaxation strategies

  • Time management tools that will help you to deal with stress;
  • Why showing some gratitude will help you to fight stress;
  • Breathing exercises;
  • Mindfulness exercises and resources for children and teens (part II).

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers; Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

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Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

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