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March 23, 2022

Teacher Advice: Stress Busters…written for teachers, by teachers

‘Tis the time of year where teacher stress levels are running high. Coral Berta, a physical education teacher at Minooka Junior High School in the Chicago area, shared her great teacher strategies for managing stress inside the classroom, and outside the classroom.

Things I do to reduce my stress level inside the classroom:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Started to use the “when-then” strategy with students (“when you finish your assignment, then you can read they book”)
  3. Use “I” statements
  4. Think before I speak (so I don’t react)
  5. Walk away and speak with the student when we have calmed down and have a clear head.

Things I do to reduce my stress level outside of the classroom:

  1. Go for a run (this allows me to reflect on the day)
  2. Workout (take classes at the gym to release frustration and improve my health)
  3. Talk with my husband (to seek advice or just to vent)
  4. Spend quality time with my husband and kids
  5. Play volleyball (Friday night competitive league)
  6. Seek advice from friends and colleagues
  7. Craft projects
  8. Cook with my kids
  9. Clean my house

We don’t necessarily consider “cleaning our homes” a stress buster, but if it works for Coral, it may work for you, too! Give it a try, and share your teacher advice with ways to relieve end of the year teacher stress.

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