Healthy School Life - Reducing Stress in Schools
“Primates are super smart and organized just enough to devote their time to being miserable to each other and stressing each other out. But if you get chronically, psychosocially stressed, you are going to compromise your health. So essentially, we have evolved to be smart enough to make ourselves sick.” - Robert Sapolsky
We live in a time of increased stress in the world. Not only we, as educators, are struggling with stress but also our pupils experience varying stressful situations. Negative situations at home, in schools, drastic shifts in society but also positive changes can lead to stress in children. The ability to manage stress is an important skill because it has an impact on our body and health, our relationships, performance, and productivity and can lead to a longer, happier life.
The course “Healthy school life - reducing stress in schools” is the third and final course of the LifeComp course series where we explore different areas of Life Competences (you can find the first course on Self – Regulated Learning here and the second course on Student’s Resilience here). The personal area of the LifeComp has a crucial impact on stress management. Self-regulation, flexibility, and wellbeing are three competencies we will examine in this course so that we can become role models for our pupils and teach them how to manage their stress and improve their academic performance, behaviour, and life.
Duration and workload
The course targets educators of all school levels and subjects who are interested in developing their own emotional intelligence as well as the emotional intelligence of their pupils, manage stress and increase wellbeing.
More specifically, the course participants will:
- Reflect on their own emotional intelligence
- Design a self-regulation toolkit and wellbeing plan
- Examine the competences of the LifeComp Framework and more specifically the personal competences
- Discover ideas and learning activities to foster self-regulation, flexibility, and wellbeing
- Create strategies to teach their students to manage stress and assess those created by your peers.
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- How this course works
- Module 1: Life competences, flexibility, and stress
- Module 2: Self-awareness and self-regulation
- Module 3: Well-being
- Module 4: Final task