ABC Stress in the Classroom
By amandamw22, Updated
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Class, we will be learning about...
I am so mad, I don't want to learn. Wah.
Amanda is teaching class. Sally throws a tantrum, refuses to get up and causes a huge disruption in the class. This situation is the activating event. How will Amanda respond?!
I am such a horrible teacher. I don't have the resources to deal with this situation. If the principal walks in right now, I am losing my job!
Amanda's internal dialogue consists of an absolute judgement, "I am a horrible teacher"; and awfulizing, "I am going to lose my job". How will these irrational beliefs of Amanda's impact her stress?!
I am sad now. I don't care if the students learn or not. I just want to crawl into a hole.
Amanda's stress response includes becoming sad and moving toward depression.
Amanda also experiences fear and anxiety due to the fear that she has about losing her job,
Is this really that bad of a situation?
Is this response of sadness and fear the best way to handle this?
Amanda has an idea. She will get a drink of water as a means to stop her thoughts and give her a chance to ask herself questions about the situation.
Sally, we will talk about this later. I am going to continue with the lesson.
Amanda gets the irrational thoughts under control. She is then able to handle the situation and is no longer experiencing stress.
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