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Managing Teacher Stress: Increase the Positive, Decrease the Negative

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Many people wonder why teachers - especially early childhood teachers - would be stressed. But, often, even the teachers wonder why they are feeling stressed, when education is a field they entered out of love. There are good reasons for those feelings and solutions to getting past them. Tune in here to learn more.

 

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To Read

Keeping Your Smile: Caring for Children with Joy, Love, and Intention by Jeff A. Johnson

 

Finding Your Smile Again: A Child Care Professional’s Guide to Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout by Jeff A. Johnson

 

“Stressed Out” – article on causes of stress and how to relieve it from the National Education Association

 

How Do You Spell ‘Stress Relief’?” – from Education World

 

To Watch

“Stress Management: Simple Breathing Techniques”

 

Any funny video on YouTube! Here’s my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-1F-CokXNU

 

To Play

There’s nothing like laughter to relieve stress! Play this hysterical game with your children and you’ll all be feeling great!

 

Belly Laughs

The children and you lie on your backs. Each player places his or her head on the belly of another player. When everyone is ready, you say, “Ha!” The child on whose belly your head rests must then say, “Ha-ha!” The third player then says, “Ha-ha-ha,” and so on, down the line until each player has contributed a “ha” to the process and everyone is giggling.

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Teacher’s Aid, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

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