ABC Stress in the Classroom

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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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