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This Think Tank looks at a startling tool our brain has developed, stress, which helps us move through difficult situations. This issue also provides some superb tools to help teachers and learners manage it. The Main video challenges some popular notions of stress, while the More video discusses “anxiety,” its classroom counterpart.
Jason Walters gives us a brief overview of stress, setting us up for a deeper, broader examination by Ken Purnell, who also suggests ways to teach students about it. Curtis Kelly carries the discussion onwards by resolving the conundrum of whether stress aids or hinders learning. Following these articles on stress as a feature of the learner brain, Lydia Rickard reminds us that teachers get stressed too. She entertains us with a story that we can all identify with, a frantic Alec juggling a myriad of pandemic problems. Josh Brunotte closes the Think Tank by showing us how one of the most robust tools developed in Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, can be used with learners as well.
We have a little “spaced repetition” in this month’s Plus section, when John Duplice takes us back to last month’s issue on evidence-based learning strategies by offering us an additional one for teaching writing. Then, Chris Clancy finishes the issue off with a touching story about how he became a teacher.