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Caught Stress Handed!! Feeling Words in the Testing World...



Ahhhh, the testing season is upon us!  We thought this Dr. Evil testing meme would be a great way to kick off our post this month on dealing with test stress and general anxiety. Whether you are a frazzled counselor trying to deal with the collateral damage of high stakes testing on students, a TEFL teacher trying to get your own students ready for their fluency exams, or a stateside ESL /bilingual teacher bravely facing down the state exams in L2 with your students, this time of year means...


For that reason, we've included a lot of links in this post as helpful resources for dealing with anxiety, stress, and calming the two- the blue ones will take you right to an article, video, or product you can use and the red ones will take you to a freebie that you can download after you leave a comment below (once you leave a comment, the download automatically gets sent to you within a day). 

Okay, so let's get started!  Stress and anxiety tax all of our body systems and they feel terrible.   Here’s a little info from the American Psychological Association on how stress harms the body in both the short and long term.  Anxiety, in particular, also inhibits performance, whether that takes the form of not being able to speak fluently during an oral language exam or not performing to one’s best ability on a state, national, or international exam.

Thankfully, there are all kinds of ways to alleviate the effects of stress caused by test anxiety (or any kind of anxiety, really).   Because so much of test anxiety is linked to a fear of failure, it’s very enlightening for students to watch this fabulous Michael Jordan commercial that views failure from a completely different (and better!) perspective.  Showing this commercial is a great way to kick off a fab discussion about how a test is just a test and how test failure today can lead to academic success tomorrow.  Here are some of our other favorite anxiety calming resources:

Well, we hope all the goodies above can help get you and your students/clients through this testing season. You can also look for our new book this summer to get you through NEXT year’s testing season:  Stress Busters: Group Counseling Sessions Guide with Activities.  It will be an 8 session counseling guide for running a calming, anti-anxiety group.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter below to find out when it is available.  And if all else fails, just remember the meme below:


 that awkward moment during a test












We have just finished our latest counseling guide- in both book form and PDF!!!  It is the Spanish/English version of Cope Into Hope: Grief Counseling Sessions Guide with Activities.  Look for more photos of it on our Products Page where it is available for purchase at a discounted price.  The book is also available on Amazon and at full price!

That's all for today, Folks!  We'd love to hear your thoughts on helping students deal with anxiety, so please leave a comment below! Remember, we'll trade ya a comment for a freebie resource- comment below and we'll send you the code for the resources in RED above so you can download it for free from our Google Docs account.  Hope to see you back here the first Saturday in May for our next post on super summer ESL topics, needs assessments, and running effective individual counseling sessions.   In the meantime, you can find out about our latest promotions, free stuff, or our counseling/ESL adventures by following us on our Facebook Page or Twitter Page.


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You are very welcome, Matt! Thanks for your comment!

Thank you for this wealth of information.

Thanks for commenting, Paula. Is always nice to hear some positive feedback!

This is my first time reading your blog. I like what I see. Thank you for sharing the wealth of information and resources.

Thanks, Tanya, for your kind words. Yes, finding time to read through PD info is always a challenge! we just sent you our Google Docs resource you requested. Enjoy!

I found you through your comment on ASCA Scene website. What a great resource you have! Now I just need the time to explore it more!

Thank YOU, Nancy! We appreciate the feedback!

Thank you so much for sharing! Love your ideas and lessons.

Me too, Kim! Let us know if you find anything particularly good on stress relief out there. We love sharing!

I am always looking for new ways to present stress relief to students. Thanks for sharing!