The pressure is intense to get students caught up on the learning that they missed out on (and, in some cases continue to miss out on) during school closures and distance learning during the pandemic. Parents are understandably concerned, educators are experiencing extraordinary levels of stress, and students are anxious and depressed, to the point that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have declared that the pandemic-related decline in child and adolescent mental health has become a national emergency.
One problem with stress is that it impairs learning. Our brains become less efficient and think and problem-solve less clearly when we are under too much stress. Learning situations have always been stressful for some students, but with added pressure, more students are affected and students who already suffering from anxiety are suffering even more. If many students felt before that the mountain was too high for them to climb, the cliff face that they are looking at has transformed into Mt Everest.
Increasing learning and reducing stress at the same time may seem like trying to do two things that are diametrically opposed. Can we really do both? In this webinar, we explain how they can not only coexist but be synergistic, including:
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