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Stress Management to improve teaching performance and personal life of teachers

Description and main aims

Draft proposed program

In today’s  knowledge  economy the importance of education has  been worldwide recognized. All developed countries are spending a major part of their budget on education. Within the education system of  any  country, teachers  have a vital  position,  as the  success  of educational  institutions is  mostly dependent on teachers,  who educate the most valued assets of the country,  i.e. students; therefore the teachers’  performance  is a fundamental  concern  of  all  educational  institutions.  The  teachers’ performance is negatively influenced by different stress contributing factors which either exist within or outside the educational institution,  that impede the  performance of teachers,  resulting in  lower individual as  well as institutional productivity. The present study  has carried out a  non-systematic narrative overview  of the  teachers’ stress, performance  and resources by conceptualizing them for understating the phenomenon of “moderating effect of teachers’ resources on the teachers’ stress and performance”. It has been found that the  teachers’ stress is  a reaction of teachers to the unwanted environment factors furthermore the performance of teachers is both tasks and non task related. The teachers’  stress  negatively  affects  the  performance  of  teachers  by  lowering  the  productivity  of individual  teachers  and  of  educational  institutions.  The  teachers’  resources  act  as  moderator  by minimizing negative effects of stress. The educational institutions should focus on teachers’ problems through  understanding  teachers’  problems and  also  providing  proper  support  to  the  teachers  for dealing problems. On other side the teachers by themselves should learn to adjust to the demands of the teaching profession. 

Together teachers, educational institutions and society as whole can ensure the success and growth of educational institutions for the socio-economic development of a country. 

Teachers are the most valued assets of any country. They impart knowledge and skills to the students, who  after completion of  their  studies, join  the different  sectors  of the country and  start  contributing towards the development of the country's economy. Recent global changes have resulted in creation of new  challenges  in the shape  of  global  competition,  technological  advancements,  quality  assurance, standardization and cost minimization, which have hardly hit each and every sector throughout the world; the educational sector has no exemption.  The academicians working in different educational institutions are under immense pressure to meet the expectations of their customers, no matter whether these customers are students,  parents, or  employers. In this process  of meeting the expectations of customers, the teachers are exposed to certain unwanted internal or external environmental factors, which hamper their routine abilities and results in development of feelings of exhaustion and strain. Once teachers develop such symptoms then their performance and satisfaction level is decreased and thus the overall productivity of educational institutions is suffered.

 

The effects of teachers ‘stress on the performance have widely been recognized. But nowadays, effects of stress in all the sectors are creating a very dangerous effect in the whole society and the educational sector always seems to be the place where guilties are always teachers. Because teachers are a critical mass of professionals so difficult to manage and categorize, a big group of educated men and women, thinkers, creators, independent inventors or methods and innovators or, on the opposite, standard personalities who follow the rules and are happy to be “new generations” silent shapers. 

What does it mean to manage stress and why stress can be, from a side, a big problem affecting all the spheres or, from the other side a powerful tool. 

The topic of stress management is not new. It affects all sectors of society and it’s officially classified as a “clinical pathology”. 

It starts as a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.

 

The course we propose was experimented with three groups of teachers of different nationalities in 2019 with great success and it represents our method as a team of trainers to help teachers or other target groups (entrepreneurs/school leaders) to face this delicate subject. 

The training is a real local experience because we have all the elements to organize tailored programs welcoming the specific needs of the groups with that scientific and psychological approach needed but, at the same time, use what our wonderful context offers to everyone with our expertise in dealing with participants representing the educational field. 

Our method foresees different strategies and an outdoor education approach. 

We will always include. Morning walks to see the sunset on the beach. Yoga morning waking up. Walking tours in nature. Moments on the grass talking and sharing.

Cooking together. Enjoying time and life. Music and culture as tools for inclusion and wellbeing. 

 

Target group

Teachers can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions. Participants are usually school leaders, including school directors or the persons in charge of school management and coordination. 

Like with all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant. 

Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, especially schools of the territory. 

 

We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects). 

Program

Sunday: arrival of participants, welcome by the B&B , social dinner, free time and relax.

Monday: 09:00 - 12:00  first briefing by organizers, presentation of the team, logistics of the local context, program overview and changes, moving to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP''. Getting to know the Cultural Heritage of Calabria region. 

12:00 - 13:00 Sharing expectations, experiences and learning needs. Presenting briefly the schools and specific characteristics of the schools. Participants explain shortly their Erasmus K1 projects. The trainer presents the course's main topics, sessions and goals. 

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 1: Understanding stress and the association between the educational sector and stress

Tuesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 2: Dealing with stress in teaching professions. Balance between personal and professional stress. All sessions are outdoor.

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Outdoor walk to release stress, enjoy local art and nature

Wednesday: Waking up with the sun. Yoga session on the beach

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 3: Stress management is speaking, sharing and facing. From what is written and said to a way to face and release

Thursday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 4: Practices to deal and fight stress. Outdoor activities and socialization with stress

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 5: Doing and writing about solutions. Personal and common pathways 

Friday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 6: More practices and different pathways. Module 7: Design my own learning and teaching pathway. 

13:00 - 14:30 lunch break

14:30 - 17:30 Outdoor excursion to an old village on the coast in Calabria.

Saturday: 09:30 - 12:00 lesson. Closing the course: Evaluation and delivery of certificates, checking the Learning Mobility Agreements and administrative receipts. In the afternoon of Saturday afternoon, or free time or proposed  ​Intercultural activities or an excursion "Discovering Calabrian old towns and traditions". Final social dinner among participants. 

Training modules

  1. Module 1: Understanding stress and the association between the educational sector and stress

  2. Module 2: Dealing with stress in teaching professions. Balance between personal and professional stress

  3. Module 3: Stress management is speaking, sharing and facing. From what is written and said to a way to face and release

  4. Module 4: Practices to deal and fight stress. Outdoor activities and socialization with stress

  5. Module 5: Doing and writing about solutions. Personal and common pathways 

  6. Module 6: More practices and different pathways 

  7. Module 7: Design my own learning and teaching pathway. What to Look-For in STEAM Lessons and Schools. Becoming a STEAM Teacher or School.

Certification and number of days

JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5). 

The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization. 

10 days are excluded the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6). 

At the end of the training, JUMP delivers a formal certificate of attendance and the team is at disposal to fill the Europass certification document according to the EU model template and other needed documents for reporting of the sending institution. 

 

Costs

The cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to info@associazionejump.it to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP. 

PLAN YOUR SESSION

JUMP organises a training every month of the year excluded in the Christmas period.

If you're a writing a KA1 project, please, plan the most suitable period for you and your team starting from the 1st of July every year and then, when you will know if your project is approved, we will write each other and we will confirm dates and sessions planning together. If you prefer to write and you need a formal confirmation, please write to associazionejump@gmail.com