This week’s blog title might seem a little odd at first. Why would anyone claim that stress is important? Stress is linked to negative consequences for both mind and body and can have detrimental effects on people. However the importance of stress and stress management is very important to living a fulfilling life. Without a […]
It’s that time of year in schools all over the country. Teachers and students this can be a very difficult time. The pressure of the looming leaving and junior cert exams, the end of a long year of teaching and learning, the tension of summer exams for other year groups. It can be a time […]
I have spoken in a previous blog about the negative effects the stress and pressure to perform in exams has on our young people. This week I want to look at the effect that trauma can have on how students engage with education.
“The two most important days in a person’s life, are the day they are born and the day they find out why” – Mark Twain. I read with great interest, Pat Dillon’s blog last week, where he spoke about working in retail banking and the negative effects that it had on his personal well-being. The […]
Returning to school after the Easter break is always a stressful time in the lives of students. It is the last break before the leaving and junior cert, or “terminal” exams. Every year I see students struggling to cope with the demands put on them at this difficult time. We as teachers often add to […]
Alan White I recently sat with a student for over an hour as they experienced a severe panic attack. It happened suddenly, we were attending an event where the students had to make a presentation in front of a large group of people. After the presentation the student was physically ill at first and then […]