Scientific research has found that stress, anxiety and behavior problems in children can affect the structure of the brain and reduce learning and motivation. Yet stress and behavior problems are on the rise in schools. An APA "Stress in America" Study found that overall stress levels in adults in 2017 has increased for the first time in 10 years, with more than two-thirds being stressed, and millennials with higher stress levels than any other group; and the APA's 2014 report found that 27 percent of teens experience "extreme stress" during school. A 2016 report by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 46 percent of teachers feel high daily stress. And in a recent Teaching Tolerance survey of 10,000 educators, 9 in 10 of them reported that since the election, there has been a negative affect on student mood and behavior and that anxiety, harassment, fights and insults in schools have increase dramatically.
However, new cognitive, social and biological sciences may hold the answers to reducing stress, anxiety and behavior problems to students and teachers. Research has found that both negative and positive emotions, mindfulness meditation, promoting emotional agility, personality traits, and classroom management all affect the brain and mood and can all be used to significantly reduce stress and increase academic achievement. Learn about the "Science of Stress, Emotions, and Behavior"; the impact of anxiety, emotions, and behavior on the brain and achievement; how to manage behavior problems in students; strategies to reduce social, test and performance anxiety; how teachers can do more with less time and overcome burnout and the feeling of being overwhelmed, and the benefits of mindfulness for students, teachers and administrators.