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Identifying and Addressing Students' Debilitating Anxiety

There's a big difference between a normal case of the nerves and the sort of anxiety that many students are dealing with in our classrooms. What is the difference, and what can you as the teacher do?
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Identifying and Addressing Students' Debilitating Anxiety
  • education.com
    education.com

    Anxiety in the Classroom

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    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This detailed article explains the characteristics of debilitating anxiety, how it affects learning and performance, and its common causes at various grade levels.
  • Classroom Anxiety

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    healthcentral.com
    healthcentral.com
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    What can you do right now to help students who may be suffering from anxiety disorders? Here are some simple changes you can implement today.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    It's a hard pill to swallow that we as teachers may inadvertently make our students more anxious by our behaviors or attitudes. But the first step toward avoiding such a mistake is taking a hard look at how research has shown teachers can actually be contributing to anxiety among students, rather than alleviating it.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    Obviously, some anxiety goes far beyond natural nervousness brought on by upcoming tests or other stressors. However, this article, written for students themselves, would be good reading and a conversation starter for classes with students who are struggling with various levels of anxiety.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    A good accompaniment for the previous resource, this article details some of the factors behind the stress your students may be experiencing, and is written so as to be perfect for children to read.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    We are teachers, not doctors, so sometimes we need some medical advice on the symptoms we observe in our students. This brief primer on the anxiety disorders experienced by many children can help get teachers started on a journey from awareness to greater expertise.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    It can be difficult to deal with anxiety in our students, but when it comes to teenagers, the problem becomes even more challenging. This list of warnings identifies some classic mistakes to avoid in reaching out to anxious teens.
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BloomBoard Asks:How can I tell when a student is suffering from anxiety? What are the causes, and what can we do to help?