Teacher Stress and Student Behavior

Do School Cuts Lead to Stressed Students?“, a blog post by Sue Shellenbarger at the The Wall Street Journal, caught my eye recently. Shellenbarger cites a study of 10,700 parents and teachers of first graders that suggests that when teachers are stressed, students have more behavioral and emotional problems. For instance, the researchers found that when teachers are exhausted, when they lack essential materials or resources, or when they feel disrespected, the negative environment that results has adverse effects on students. In other words, a teacher’s well-being is directly connected to his or her students’ success.

I’ve certainly experienced this myself as an educator. When I’m stressed, my students are stressed. Since researching and writing The Well-Balanced Teacher, I’ve heard from many colleagues about similar experiences. What do you think? Have you seen this as well? What factors contribute to your stress levels at school? What do you do to combat stress when it starts to build?

Mike Anderson is an education consultant who leads great learning throughout the United States and beyond. He is an award winning teacher and the author of many books. You can follow him on Twitter at @balancedteacher.

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    Mike Anderson is an education consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of many books including What We Say and How We Say It MatterThe Well-Balanced Teacher, The First Six Weeks of School, The Research-Ready Classroom, and Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn. Learn more about Mike and his work or invite him to work with your school or district through his website: Connect with Mike on Twitter: @balancedteacher.

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    Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.