School staff and teachers have been coping with stress for a long time. If you’re that person, then today’s read will show you how most of it comes from non-automated systems.
We’ll give you a variety of solutions so that you and your students can work/study more efficiently from now on.
Stress Symptoms from Non-Automated Systems and Workflows
To begin with, stress is a temporary response to feeling under pressure or threatened.
When you feel threatened, your body responds by an increased heart rate and releasing hormones-not always a bad thing.
There are two types of stress; one is not bad, and another is worse than you think (although some people say there are three).
Positive stress comes from casual routine life events and doesn’t take you down. It’s a necessary part of growth, development and in most cases, motivates you to try harder.
There’s Toxic stress, which becomes a problem if it makes you feel worried/anxious for a prolonged time. This one makes you more alert to potential dangers, as well as easily triggered, with fight-flight-freeze responses that harden daily activities.
This is important to know because stress affects your sense of time, your ability to plan and organize yourself, as well as how you and your students learn, think and remember information.
To achieve all of that, you also need to feel safe and secure that your work won’t be replaced – but improved – by automation, once you find out it’s the best solution for your current problem.
Coping Mechanisms and Solution to Non-Automated Systems
Most people (including teachers and students) are taught the 3-R’s method “Regulate-Relate-Reason” developed by Dr. Bruce Perry.
It is only when someone is calm (Regulated) that they can form trusting relationships (Relate) and access their ability to understand think and reflect (Reason), right?
This is the first step to take off the emotional pain you have right now. Otherwise, there’s no way to move forward. Once you feel or your student/s feel better and ready to reason, any of these coping mechanisms can help:
- Problem-focused coping – To modify or eliminate the source of stress.
- Emotion-focused coping – To reduce distressing emotions to manage their psychological impact.
- Engagement coping – Actively and directly deal with stressful situations and feelings.
- Disengagement coping – The opposite to engagement; is to distance yourself from associated events and emotions.
Again, these are coping mechanisms. Some methods may or may not work for all.
But they aren’t the definitive solution. Automation is and some studies back it up.
McKinsey surveyed more than 2,000 teachers in four countries (Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States) to know how much time they spend on 37 core activities. It has shown that they work about 50 hours per week and less than half of that time is spent in direct interaction with the students.
And they concluded “technology can help teachers reallocate 20%-30% of their time on activities that truly support student learning. The areas with the biggest potential for automation are preparation, administration, evaluation, and feedback.
This is well-needed. At least that’s what it showed NBC News and Challenge Success’ study. They surveyed 10,000 students in 12 U.S. High schools and found that students who spend more time in the classroom are less stressed and worried than their online peers.
So, why not help yourself, to help students out, so they can help you even more?
We recently published 3 Ways the Pandemic Forever Changed School Operation Workflows to get inspiration from the many ways you could benefit from automation.
After all, there was hardly a more stressful time than 2020’s pandemic months, right?