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Stress on the Job


Every job has its share of stress. But leading a school full of kids and teachers has got to be one of the most stressful jobs there is. A day doesn't go by without presenting some new problem to be solved. The articles below from Education World's archive share stories and practical tips to help you handle the stress that goes with the territory.

Marriage, Family, and the Principalship: Making It All Work
The demands of the principal's job can't help but take a toll on marriages and families. According to our "Principal Files" principals, keeping families intact requires plenty of effort, teamwork, a well-used calendar, and a cell phone with lots of minutes. Included: Principals offer their advice.


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

Stress Relief Kit

Education Humor Newsletter

School Doodles

Building School Community & Climate


Just for Fun

The Principal's Job

Time Management

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

Saving Kids from Stress
Facing fierce competition to get into top colleges, many students are compromising their health and values to get ahead. Experts are even seeing stress levels increase at the elementary school level. Some educators are working to reduce the pressures on students.

It's Time to Reinvent the Principalship
The idea of a single principal who can do everything is not working. Here are eight recommendations for reinventing the principalship to help reduce stress on current administrators and entice new candidates to the profession.

Pete Hall: 600 Reasons to Do It Again Next Year
"I cannot begin to share the number of times that I've sat alone in my car at the end of a long day of principaling. I sit, unwilling to turn the key as dusk creeps into the staff parking lot, and wonder aloud, 'Why, exactly, do I continue to do this?'"

BRAVO Principals... Help Staffs and Students Cope With Stress
Sandra Harris has seen firsthand how principals have handled the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But not all disasters are natural ones. In the event of job loss, illness, death, and divorce BRAVO principals do all that they can to help faculty and students cope.

From Chaos to Coherence: Managing Teacher Stress
"I'm totally stressed out." Listen carefully when teachers repeat that routine mantra. The stress they're experiencing could affect their performance, students, and personal lives. But stress doesn't have to take a toll. Included: Effective stress-fighting strategies.

Principals Offer 30 Ways to Fight Stress
Being a principal is a stressful job -- no doubt about it. But principals do a great job of figuring out how to beat that stress. We asked our "Principal Files" team to share their stress-busting tips. Maybe some of these 30 ideas are ones you haven't thought of before.

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Last updated 06/26/2008