Day 6 (of 183) A Question About Anxiety in Education

Day 6 (of 183) A Question About Anxiety in Education

As I continue to ‘explore’ the methodology and setup and continuation of a “blog-each-day-of-learning-challenge”, I am going to try to pose a weekly rhetorical-ish question. Answers are of course greatly appreciated, but the goal is for me to share some of the questions that I try to answer on my daily commute along Shuswap Lake.

Anxiety: should it considered “better” to have a child who can ‘make it through the day’ only to go home and pull their on hair while screaming or a child who is happy-as-can-be at home but crying in the fetal position while in the school?

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Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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3 Responses to Day 6 (of 183) A Question About Anxiety in Education

  1. Stacey K says:

    To me, worst case scenario would be the kid who “grins-and-bears-it” both at home and at school. The screamers (whether at home or at school) are the ones “asking” for help, in the only way they can – they are or can be identified as needing help. The ones who internalize everything all the time are the ones most at risk, in my completely non-expert opinion, as no one knows that they are suffering. Question becomes how do we identify the silent-sufferers?

    That all being said, as parent of an at-home screamer, it is not useful to hear from teachers / administrators / counselors “I can’t believe she is like that… she has such a good time at school”. Believe me when I tell you. Help me (and her) when I ask.

  2. technolandy says:

    Thank you! It becomes very challenging when students are able to ‘wear masks’ (or “cope” or use self-regulation strategies) at one location but not both…

  3. I believe that in some cases, kids act out in a setting because they have someone who might listen to them. When kids act out at home, it’s because there’s someone there to hear them. When they act out only at school, they have no one at home who can contain their acting out. That being said, kids are better off acting out only if they get help.

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