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Stressful Student Experiences: What Not to Do

EducationWorld is pleased to present this professional development resource shared by Dr. Jane Bluestein, an expert in relationship-building, positive school climate and effective instruction. In this resource, Dr. Bluestein describes a variety of stress- and anxiety-inducing school experiences that can put a student's emotional safety at risk.

Research clearly indicates that young people need to feel safe in order to experience school success. For this reason, both parents and educators can benefit from reviewing this list of Stressful or Painful School Experiences That Can Compromise Emotional Safety.

The array of items on the list includes everything from "having little variety in day-to-day curriculum" to "overhearing adults discussing you negatively." Any of these events or experiences can have a negative impact—not only on the student directly involved, but also on students who observe the experience, and the emotional climate of the learning environment.

Consider using the list as a springboard for staff discussion about policies, practices and educator behaviors that support or impede students' emotional safety.

The list was compiled from a number of research-based sources and is excerpted from Creating Emotionally Safe Schools (2001), by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.

Related resources

Also from Dr. Bluestein:
Is Your School Emotionally Safe?
Accommodating Student Sensory Differences
Tips for Positive Teacher-Parent Interaction
The Art of Setting Boundaries
The Beauty of Losing Control: Part 1
The Beauty of Losing Control: Part 2

About Dr. Bluestein

Dr. Jane Bluestein is a speaker, trainer and specialist in programs and resources related to relationship building, effective instruction and personal development.

She is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, High School’s Not Forever, 21st Century Discipline, The Win-Win Classroom and many others. In addition, she has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Dr. Bluestein, formerly a classroom teacher, crisis-intervention counselor and teacher training program coordinator, currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Visit her Web site to access free resources, order books, read her blog and more.


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