Students reflect on their current levels and understanding of stress. They undertake a self-assessment to understand what stress is and how it affects them on an individual level. They unpack what influences levels of stress, including what we can and can’t control.
- Students understand what stress is and how it affects them on an individual level.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- understand the role that study/exam stress plays in their lives
- describe what stress does to the body, and how serious its effects can be
- Identify where the stress or pressure they feel is coming from.
Brainstorm and word association 10 min
- Give the students 5–10 sticky notes each.
- Ask them to write on each note a word they associate with stress. Prompting questions might include:
- What does it feel like?
- Where does it come from?
- Why do we feel it?
- Draw two circles on the board (one big one and one smaller one inside). Label the small circle ‘Things you can control’ and the big one ‘Things you can’t control’.
- Have the students put the post-it notes in the circles that they think match their word association.
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