Stress, Mindsets and Education

           In the article, “Risk and Reward Are Processed Differently in Decisions Made Under Stress” I felt stress reading it!   I will be perfectly honest and say that the last time I took a science course was in 1991; as soon as the author started throwing out terms that reminded me of that long lost part of my academic career, I felt my all of synapses starting to fail.

Having said that, I do not think it is a surprise to learn males and females usually deal with stress differently.   My husband, who is a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, can be under heavy gun fire and not show stress.   However, the second he has to talk to our 12 year old daughter about anything “girly” his blood pressure goes up, he breaks into a cold sweat and his heartbeat begins to race.     We are wired different for survival purposes (pre-grocery store era), so we respond different to stimulus.

The common thread with the article and the video clips (the new teacher getting tips on classroom management and the speaker who encourages us to not blame everyone else for our students not succeeding) is that we, as teachers, need to be accountable for learning in the classroom. It is not easy. It can be frustrating. The good news is that if we prepare ourselves with dynamic lessons, exude a love for learning, practice patience and good classroom management skills, we will mitigate disruption and facilitate a positive learning environment.

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