This microcredential focuses on supporting learners with stress management. Stress management refers to the ability of an individual to regulate their emotions and behave in an appropriate manner by practicing strategies of self-care, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself along with leading an overall healthy, balanced lifestyle.
To earn this 0.5 credit badge you will submit two types of evidence from the list below to demonstrate your proficiency in both teaching stress management to students AND using stress management techniques in your own life. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!
You will be charged $20 by the badge provider. You'll be charged at the point you submit your badge for final review.
Stress management must include proven competency of identifying stressors and then reducing their impact by practicing a variety of self care techniques. Learners must understand the importance of stress management skills and how they improve the quality of life.
Stress Management: A wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
Self-Care: Self-care is any activity that is done deliberately in order to maintain or improve mental, emotional, and physical health. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It is also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
Mrs. Jones, a 7th grade teacher at Pacific Middle School has 200+ students. She teaches during her prep period for personal financial reasons and has been asked to implement a new curriculum as well as present it during faculty meeting. It is the end of the term so she needs to get all papers graded and submit final grades into the new grading system, which she is still learning about. In addition, she has three small kids of her own and her husband is working the graveyard shift.
Mrs. Jones co-workers are noticing that she is consistently coming in late, is easily agitated, and seems to be displaying signs of anxiety and depression. Mrs. Jones desperately needs help. She would benefit by learning stress management skills and implementing self-care techniques into her life. By mastering these skills, Mrs. Jones can then focus on her students' success by helping them implement the same strategies.
Video: Submit a 5-8 minute video demonstrating your instruction of at least 3 stress management strategies. These can be strategies for self, the classroom, or a combination thereof. This video should demonstrate your effective and consistent instruction of stress management strategies to support social-emotional learning. Video submissions should follow all relevant LEA(district/charter) and FERPA guidelines.
Lesson Plan: Submit a lesson plan you have used in your instruction that focuses on the importance of stress management and includes self-care techniques that can be implemented by learners to reduce the effects of stress. This lesson plan should demonstrate your effective instruction of stress management strategies to support social-emotional learning.
Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan you have used in your instruction that includes instruction on stress management techniques. This can be a unit plan that focuses solely on stress management, or a unit focused on other skills/concepts that weaves in elements of stress management. This unit plan should demonstrate your consistent instruction and support of stress management with learners.
Student Performance Data: Submit pre- and post-instructional data over a multi-week period showing the effect of your stress management instruction. This data should demonstrate your effective and consistent instruction of stress management techniques.
Testimonial: Submit 3 testimonials (written or video) from students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or family members, detailing the impact of your instruction in stress management strategies OR your personal use of stress management techniques. All submissions should follow all relevant LEA(district/charter) and FERPA guidelines.
Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent instruction in stress management techniques OR demonstrating your personal use of stress management techniques.
Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).
Evidence demonstrates that the educator personally implements stress management skills that produce a desired positive change in emotional behavior. Evidence demonstrates that the educator uses best practices to teach students stress management skills that produce a desired positive change in emotional behavior.
Describe how you use stress management as a tool to improve your life AND the lives of students.
Give specific examples of the stress management skills you use in your personal life AND specific skills used in the classroom to benefit students' ability to learn more effectively.
Reflection explains specific stress management techniques used personally by the educator and how their regular use promotes a healthy lifestyle.Reflection explains specific stress management techniques used in the classroom to help promote a healthy learning environment.
Headspace App https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app This free app can be downloaded on any smart phone or computer. It provides guided meditations and mindfulness techniques to help calm during the day and sleep at night. It is great for beginners.
Mindful Schools www.mindfulschools.org This organization provides online training for educators and adults on how to practice and teach mindfulness strategies.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program - presented by Davis Behavioral Health. http://www.dbhprevention.org/mbsr This is 8 week course is taught by Davis Behavioral Health and is available in person or online. MBSR is a strategy that can be incorporated into everyday life to help cope with physical, emotional, and situational stressors. Scholarships may be available to help with cost of course.
Mindfulness for Teachers. Jennings, Patricia A. W. W. (2015) Find it on Amazon.com Drawing upon basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, the book offers valuable information about how mindfulness can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning.
Positive Education Project Website http://positiveeducationproject.com Positive Education is built upon the science of happiness. PEP blends well-being and character with academics. It trains teachers and students with the skills of optimism, engagement and resilience so they can THRIVE at school and in life. Workshops are available.
Sitting Still Like a Frog - Mindfulness Exercises for Kids and their Parents. Snel, Eline. Shambhala. ( 2013) Find it on Amazon.com This book contains simple mindfulness practices for helping children (age 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions.
Stress Management for Teachers - A Proactive Guide by Herman, Keith C.& Reinke, Wendy M. (2014) Find it on Amazon.com This book provides coping and problem-solving skills for managing the everyday stresses of the classroom. Specific strategies help teachers at any grade level gain awareness of the ways they respond in stressful situations and improve their overall well-being and effectiveness.
The Stress Management Place - Website https://stressmanagementplace.com/src-introduction/ Website/Blog run by a professor at Weber State. He is one of the leading experts on stress management. This has a few free resources but to have access to everything it is $5/month with no commitment.
The World is NOT a Stressful Place. Olpin, Michael. (2010) Find it on Amazon.com This book provides an effective and easy to learn approach for managing stress. It will teach you principles and practices to live happier, more peaceful, and productive lives.