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Foundations of Teaching Stress Management Final Project EXEMPLAR My Self-Management Plan: Stressor #1 My Stress Response Intervention/ Roadblock #1 Stressful Situation or a situation I I tend to let myself anticipate the “worst I can work on my intrapersonal communication: perceive as stressful possible outcome and create way too much additiona
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    Foundations of Teaching Stress Management Final Project EXEMPLAR   My Self-Management Plan:     Stressor #1  Stressful Situation or a situation I perceive as stressful Example : My students not doing well on the PSSA My Stress Response     I tend to let myself anticipate the “worst possible outcome and create way too much additional stress and worry! Example : I’ll ruin our team’s overall data, I’m the new person to the team and did a poor job preparing my students, parents will be furious, my principal will be disappointed Intervention/ Roadblock #1   I can work on my intrapersonal communication: I can think back to a time where the “worst case scenario” never happened and what the actual and realistic outcome was. I can also remind myself of the locus of control and how the majority of things throughout my day are not in my control, however how I react is always in my control. I can use this intervention moving forward to now acknowledge that I often  jump to worst case scenario, stop myself, and list or think of more realistic outcomes and realize that it won’t be the end of the world and try my best to be okay with things not turning out as I anticipated or as perfect! Example : I did everything in my power to best prepare my 5th graders for the PSSA. I spent time on the weekends scouring the state website and looking at released items and was very aware of the covered material. Look at the positives- my lowest child grew 4 reading levels so far this year and it’s only February! It’s only a test, it isn’t a true reflection of how much growth my students have achieved this year.    Stressor #2  Receiving feedback, positive or negative Example : An administrator popping in for an informal or formal walkthrough My Stress Response     I stress about if I disappointed someone or didn’t live up to their expectations. Example: I am the type of person who always looks for feedback and how I can improve, however when I am given feedback I often only focus on the aspects I could improve upon rather than finding a healthy balance and appreciate the things I did well on. If I only received positive feedback, I will often brush it off and wait for the dreaded “....but in the future….” If that doesn’t come, I will often dismiss the positive feedback I received and still worry about what I could have done better. Example : “Yo ur students were very engaged during your reading lesson and I was impressed with how well they worked collaboratively using your reading strategy. They were truly showing higher levels of critical thinking. I can tell your class has been working on this s kill for some time.”   Intervention/ Roadblock #2  I can work on my intrapersonal communication: I can now recognize negative self-talk and limit it. Before this course I was not aware of how often I was using negative self- talk since I’m usually a pretty optimistic person….however I am extremely critical of myself. By now realizing and acknowledging that this will get me nowhere and cause additional stress and worry, I will try my best to stop, make a list of my strengths and accomplishments and use a growth mindset such as, “I’m not great at _____ YET.” Example : Thank you for taking the time to come and observe a reading lesson. I agree that the students were engaged and working very well collaboratively using the various strategies and materials. I have put in a lot of effort into classroom management and planning for this reading unit. I truly value your feedback, thank you!    Stressor #3  Feeling incredibly anxious as soon as I wake up in the morning about everything that “needs to be done” before I even get out of bed in the morning! Example : Oh no, today’s already Tuesday….SLO’s are due by Friday, Grades need to be put into Performance Tracker by Thursday, After school I tutor and then I’m subbing a dance class. I won’t be home until almost 8pm and will be exhausted by then. I need to get into school ASAP so I can get a jump start! My Stress Response     I typically respond to this by setting the alarm for earlier and earlier, and getting to work earlier and earlier, which leads me to burning the candle at both ends. Since I’m getting up earlier and earlier I often compensate my exhaustion with caffeine. I now realize that this is a bandaid and will not help my path to overall well being and experiencing less stress! Example : Opting for a larger mug of coffee rather than a traditional sized mug of coffee. Also, I typically will drink a soda with my lunch to get an extra “kick” for the afternoon . Intervention/ Roadblock #3  I can do a much better job of managing my caffeine intake and focusing on what foods I’m putting into my body. The best way to do this will be to take a week of baseline data and track my food as well as my caffeine intake, do some additional research into “healthy” food (who knew chicken wasn’t healthy!) and then set up a plan to gradually decrease the caffeine intake and gradually increase the healthy food intake. I do a good job with exercising so right now that doesn’t need to be adjusted. I will also be careful to take a good look at my sleep schedule, and if I’m setting my alarm for earlier and earlier, the time I head to bed should also be earlier and earlier. I do a pretty good job of prioritizing to-do lists and am very organized so right now I don’ t think that needs to be evaluated, but that may be something to work on down the line. Example : Only drink 1 cup of coffee and make it an actual 8 or 12 oz cup instead of my typical 24 oz cup. Gradually decrease the amount of caffeine overtime instead of going “cold turkey.” I can also make sure I have ingredients for healthy meals/lunches on Sunday for the rest of the week utilizing meal prep. Gradually begin going to bed earlier and earlier.    Stress Management Plan for my students:     Stressor #1  Multiple assignments going on at once and multiple due-dates. Example : Throughout the week students are required to complete 1 cursive page (front and back) and also 2 online Compass Learning activities. If they don’t budget their time things tend to pile up by Thursday and Friday or the work is incomplete. Their Stress Response     Students typically display symptoms of stress and being overwhelmed. They often do not know where to begin. Example : “Wait, this social studies   essay is due the same say as our spelling pages? Next week we have a TDA and  a math test? I still have to start my cursive and Compass Learning for the week! I’m never going to finish all of this!”   Intervention/ Roadblock #1 I will work with my students on using the “ABC” priority list. This will not only help them currently, but it will also teach them successful time-management techniques that they can apply to Middle School next year. Example : Okay, here are a list of things our class needs to finish by Spring Break. Can you help me make a class ABC priority list? After we complete this together, I’m going to help you make an ABC list for the next two weeks to help you prioritize your requirements. Stressor #2  Things not going according to “their plan”   Example : Indoor recess Their Stress Response     Students tend to jump to the worst case scenario and also become very upset when they try to control a situation that they have zero control over. Example : “I can’t believe we have indoor recess today! This is the worst day ever!”   Intervention/ Roadblock #2 I know this intervention was suggested for driving but I think my students would benefit from learning how to take a step back, calm down, assess a situation realistically. ●   Slow : ○  S(teady) ○  L(isten) to your thoughts, your heartbeat ○  O(pen) your eyes to your surroundings ○   W(ake) up to what’s going on   Example : “Okay, I see that it’s pouring rain outside. While I’m not thrilled with indoor recess today, this will give me time to participate in new activities such as drawing with my friends.”  
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