Stress – anxiety- depression – etc. all things we don’t want to have to factor in, but really….we kinda need to.
I recently finished Eric Jensen’s book Teaching With Poverty in Mind. It changed my thinking in a number of ways, but one thing that stuck me as I read his book was the impact of chronic stress on student development. According to Jensen:
Chronic stress exerts a devastating insidious influence on children’s physical, psychological, emotional and cognitive functioning – areas that affect brain development, academic success and social competence. Students subjected to such stress may lack crucial coping skills and experience significant behavioral and academic problems in school.
We all have stress in our lives. In fact, our body’s reaction to stress (run from that bear!) is a safety mechanism and essential to survival. Ongoing stress is the issue. He cites research that indicates that our bodies must be in homeostasis for cells to develop at a normal rate. When we are in an agitated or stressful state for…
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