This article on the TeachThought website is an excellent starting point for addressing student stress. Not only does it provide detailed background into how stress can affect students, it also provides concrete tips for reducing stress in your students. I definitely recommend bookmarking this resource and referring to it during stressful times like the beginning of the school year, during standardized testing, etc.
An infographic created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that does a great job of explaining the different types of stress youth may encounter as well as how it may impact them. The accompanying article is also full of useful and interesting information. While the infographic might be a bit much for younger students to digest, it is perfect for educating yourself, colleagues and parents.
I love the suggestions included in this Brookes Publishing blog post! They are both intuitive and insightful. What I like best, however, is that they don't just reduce stress in the moment, but also teach students coping mechanism for handling stress in any situation.
An awesome video teaching muscle relaxation as a stress management techniques. Not only is the tone of the video calming (without making you sleepy) the actual activities are perfect for calming young learners down. For example, having students to pretend they are squeezing a lemon to release tension in their hands and arms. You may want to show parts of the video each day, or show the whole video in a stress reduction lesson.
The strategies provided in this article by Julie DeNeen are outstanding! They are practical, logical, and best of all, don't significantly interrupt instruction and learning. For example, I love the idea of inviting students to bring healthy snacks. This is a great resource for sharing with colleagues.
Included in this PDF are a number of outstanding stress management techniques in a lesson-plan format. What makes this resource so amazing, however, is the detail and scripts provided with the lessons. I strongly recommend printing this resource out for frequent reference and sharing it with other teachers.
This EducationWorld lesson plan is designed for middle and high school students, however, it's perfectly appropriate for use with elementary students as well. The lesson allows students to brainstorm and discuss stressors they experience as well as methods to use for coping with stress.