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I Am So Stressed I Could Scream

May 11, 2020 written by PDC

Managing stress is something that we all must learn to do, yet sometimes trying to calm ourselves down leads to even more pressure. We all have methods that we’ve developed over the years, but even still, everyone has their breaking point. But what if there was a way to taper down the stress before you reached your limit?

I Am So Stressed I Could Scream!

Tell us if this sounds familiar.

Sunday night fades into Monday morning, the start of a brand new week. You are just beginning to emerge from slumber as the faint glimmer of a sunrise peeks over the trees. You seem to have slept well, maybe even too well. You turn to look at your alarm clock; it reads 6:00, on the dot. Perhaps you have a few more minutes. There’s always time for a few more minutes in your blanket cocoon, right?.

Wrong. In the blink of an eye, 6:00 has become 6:58, and you have an hour’s worth of work to do in just a few minutes. You need to get the kids fed, ready, and in the car. Your hair looks like a hawk nested inside of it. You are already thinking of who you can call to cover your class for a few minutes as you race down to school. And this morning is the faculty meeting, the one for which you agreed to provide the pastries. As the Bangles so eloquently put it, “These are the days where you wish your bed was already made.”

 

How Stress Presents Itself

At some point or another, we have all been there, some of us more than others. Perhaps you have gone to great lengths to prevent this piling up of all that needs to happen; extra alarms, to-do lists, and even master-planning your life in your calendar apps. No matter what kind of precautions you may take, stress can seemingly sneak up on us at any moment, and ironically enough, trying to prevent it can lead to more stress. As a teacher, you appreciate when students are in their seats, on time, and ready for the lesson ahead. But when students are shuffling in after the bell, misplacing their textbooks and homework, and being disruptive in class, the stress can compound and build up. Sometimes, it feels like there is no escape from it all.

Managing stress is something that we all must learn to do, yet sometimes trying to calm ourselves down leads to even more pressure. We all have methods that we’ve developed over the years, but even still, everyone has their breaking point. But what if there was a way to taper down the stress before you reached your limit?

 

Benefits of Taking EDUC 710B I'm So Stressed I Could Scream! from Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne

The course I’m So Stressed I Could Scream is an overview of stress management and reduction strategies offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne. Everyone in a classroom setting, no matter the grade level, experiences stress related to job functions and outside stressors. But merely experiencing stress does not provide the insights needed to manage it effectively. By examining the causes and manifestations of stress through an analytical lens, I’m So Stressed I Could Scream takes an in-depth look at stress management, negation, and prevention in the life of an educator.

As with all offerings through the Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, I’m So Stressed I Could Scream looks at the subject matter in engaging and interactive ways, allowing professionals to gain a comprehensive understanding of the material at hand. In this course, educators will learn to develop strategies and solutions to combat acute bouts of stress in the classroom and personal life, as well as plans to reduce stress throughout the year. The course uncovers the physiological causes of stress and the types of events that create stress for individuals in different kinds of situations. Through discussing theories of stress development and sharing anecdotal experiences, course enrollees will develop a firsthand understanding of how to manage their stress as well as alleviate stress for their students.

 

Objectives for I’m So Stressed I Could Scream!

I’m So Stressed I Could Scream was created specifically for busy K-12 teachers in need of flexible scheduling. Like all offerings through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, the course is offered in an online and emailed PDF format. Additionally, all students who enroll in the course will receive graduate, non-degree semester credit, reflected on an official transcript from the University of La Verne. Topics covered in this course include;

  • Understanding of stress and relaxation
  • How the body responds to stress
  • Specific approaches to stress reduction
  • Causes of stress for children, those in mid-life, professionals, and elders
  • Identification of stress response

 

How to Register

Registration is incredibly simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered ongoing during three semesters, and you can start at any time. Students may choose to enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits each semester.

  • Fall: September 1 - January 31
  • Spring: February 1 - May 31
  • Summer: June 1 - August 31

No matter which semester fits your schedule, enrolling in I’m So Stressed I Could Scream will provide you with the tools and tactics necessary to alleviate stress in your classroom and your life. Upon completion, you will be able to implement your newfound knowledge to help provide a better learning experience for your students. Use your new stress management tools, and take control today!