Teacher Stress Resources

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Here you will find information on resources to manage teacher stress.

Teachers commonly report high levels of stress (Kyriacou, 2001), with over 30% of teachers report experiencing clinically significant anxiety (von der Embse, Kilgus, Solomon, Bowler, & Curtiss, 2015). Over time, teacher stress can result in negative professional outcomes, including development of burnout, reduced teacher effectiveness, changed instructional practices and attrition (Ingersoll, 2001). This may also influence student outcomes. Studies have shown that teacher stress is linked with student misbehavior, changed instructional practices, and negative teacher-student relationships (Yoon, 2002). In the Caring for the Caregiver model, before educators can help students deal with academic and social challenges, teachers need to feel adequately guided and supported in the work setting (Klem & Connell, 2004). In fact, children who face chronic adversity fare much better and are more successful when they have a positive connection with adults. In regards to practice, the promotion of socio-emotional well-being of teachers is increasingly becoming recognized as a protective factor for children from the negative effects of risk and adversity. Given the clear link between teacher stress and adverse student outcomes, it is important for school psychologists to gain tools to reduce teacher stress.

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