The end of the school year portends change for many educators, and change produces anxiety in people. With that, this post from the Trello blog felt very timely. I’m not sure if this is worthy of a ton of discussion, but I found some very helpful reminders and a bit of new learning. too. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been reflecting on the school year and my own performance relative to this concept:
According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, performance increases with mental or physiological arousal (which is a very fancy word for stress) but only to a point. Once stress passes that specific point, performance begins to drop pretty dramatically.
Another piece from the blog I liked is this idea: when you feel stressed or anxious, ask yourself: “what am I really afraid of here?” and then addressing that. That seems like a healthy strategy to me. Any thoughts?