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by Ergisa X '16 by Hanako M '16

Teachers and Stress

The culture and expectations at BSGE cause both teachers and students to have stressful lifestyles.  In this type of environment, it is important for people to have good ways to deal with stress. We are very familiar with how students deal with stress but how do teachers at BSGE deal with it?
While teaching numerous classes, drawing up lesson plans, meeting deadlines, attending meetings numerous meetings, all while trying to have a life outside of school, stress tends to build up. However, teachers have their own special ways of releasing this tension and stress.  Ms. Jackson, the yoga and health teacher, enjoys, “A bit of yoga,” to release her tension.
Ms. Jackson seems like one of the coolest, most relaxed teachers in our school and this is because she has her own tricks to keep the classroom relatively stress free. Some of these tricks include keeping the yoga studio nice and organized by placing yoga mats, straps and blankets in the correct containers and going over classroom rules repeatedly.
Ms. Nikkolos, BSGE’s only Music teacher, likes to relieve her stress by, “Living in the moment and not spending time thinking about the past and or the future.” This helps her keep focused on the task currently at hand. Similar to Ms .Jackson, Ms. Nikkolos likes to keep an organized classroom.  She does this by asking students to put away their instruments neatly after rehearsal. Asking students to follow her rule by picking up any garbage or trash off the floor and paying attention so her stress level.  Mr. Laskowski, the 7th grade and 9th grade Science teacher, takes a different approach.  He relieves his classroom stress by going to a gym and playing basketball and other forms of exercise.

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