What is stress?

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.

Year Level

9-10

11-12

Duration

60 minutes

Type

  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

  • Students understand what stress is and how it affects them on an individual level.

Key Outcomes

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
  • Lidentify where the stress or pressure they feel is coming from./li>
ACTIVITY 01

Brainstorm and word association 10 min

  1. Give the students 5–10 sticky notes each.
  2. 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?
  3. 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’.
  4. Have the students put the post-it notes in the circles that they think match their word association.