Title: Personal and Professional Tools for Fostering Stress-Resiliency for Teachers and Others
Credits:3 credits (45 contact hours) - 1 credit = 15 contact hours
Meeting dates and times:4-week course: Week 1 (17.5 hours): M-F: July 6-10, 2009 8:30-12:00
This course is offered in combination of a one week on-campus class and two weeks on-line (Blackboard).
Students choose the timeline for the online portion of this course. This highly interactive course offers teachers
and others practical guidelines for creating stress-resilience at home and work. In-depth study of the
components of comprehensive stress management for thriving during these pioneering times of change will be
coupled with experiential learning. Students will receive guiding principles and strategies for a whole person
approach to managing stress, creating balance, and maximizing health and vitality which are applicable to their
own lives as well as in the classroom. The focus of this course will be on building a strong personal foundation
with emphasis on how it fits into the overall process of personal growth and development. Specific classroom
strategies will be emphasized for all grade levels.
Students will understand the value of adopting specific stress reduction strategies in order to gain a new
freedom to build a life of rewards and lasting fulfillment. Tools and techniques will include how to get stronger
and more productive, increase energy, improve health and achieve greater happiness from life. This course will
answer many vital questions:
How can I balance home and work and improve key family relationships?
How do I develop meaning and purpose in life?
How can I make my immune system stronger?
more optimistic, self confident, and assertive?
How can I achieve new levels of physical, mental, and emotional flexibility?
How can I learn the mental preparation skills that allow me to perform under pressure?
How do I bring stress management strategies into the classroom setting?
6. Describe how faith, religion, and spirituality affect health.
7. Describe meditation and image visualization and how they impact health
8. Define the terms stress, stressor, eustress and distress
9. Describe the mental and emotional components of stress
10. Describe the physiological components of stress
11. Describe ways that stress causes illness
12. Define problem-focused and emotion-focused coping
13. Explain the role of positive emotions in mental and physical health
14. List and describe strategies for coping with mental and emotional distress
15. Describe how certain personality traits contributes to stress.
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website athttp://www.uv m.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405.
Health & the Human Spirit: Brian Luke Seaward
Learned Optimism: Martin Seligman
Working with Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman
Authentic Happiness: Martin Seligman
Mind/Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships: Keith Karren
informed as possible.
Worksheets and self assessments completed at home or in class for discussion.
Personal journal: Students will be expected to keep a journal integrating discussion, readings, and experiences
Class participation in group discussion, online blogs and wikis.
Course Curriculum: Team of 2-3 students will collaborate on-line to design a \u201cStress Management Course
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