Episode 24: Sources Of And Solutions For Student Stress: An Interview with Amanda Murtaugh, LMHP

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Whether intentionally or inadvertently, students can be a large cause of teacher stress.  But what causes student stress?  While many teachers might immediately assume homework, friends, and tests— the things that students complain about most— this does not encompass the full scope of the most common stressors that students may be dealing with.  As teachers, we want what is best for our students and to provide them with the tools they need to be successful.  In order to do that, we need to investigate the top sources of student stress and find solutions to troubleshoot each.

In this week’s episode, Danielle and Nicole bring back friend of the show Amanda Murtaugh, M.A., LMHP to discuss what is really weighing heavily on the minds of our students.  As a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner who has worked with many students as clients, Amanda explains what she sees as the 4 main sources of student stress.  She provides tons of detail and examples to show how everything from extra responsibilities at home to parental attitudes towards academics to social media addiction and everything in between can play a big role in terms of potential obstacles to student success.  

If you loved the Tips for Teacher mentioned in today’s episode, we’ve designed a free template of the questions for you to use with your own students!  Just print and go, already sized for a standard 5 x 3 index card.  Get yours for free in our resource library

What You’ll Hear:

-Popular misconceptions about student stressors

-The top 4 sources of student stress

-How to access what resources students can access and truly need

-How (and when) to use “Tips for Teacher” or other self-advocacy tools that can empower students

-How invitational language and believing what you are told can have a powerful, long-term healing impact

-How to incorporate appropriate online etiquette, technology usage, and the 5 C’s of Positive Youth Development in your classroom

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