6. Putting It All Together
In this section, you will:
- review key points about everyday anxiety
- reflect on takeaways and what you will consider incorporating into your practice
- receive a certificate of completion
In this online course, you have spent time learning about mental health and anxiety in school and learned strategies that you can adapt for use in your classroom (and even a few you might keep for yourself!).
The more opportunities we have to talk to students about everyday anxiety as normal and manageable, the more they will see anxiety not as something to be feared but as something that can be managed. We can share these important messages with students:
- Anxiety can feel uncomfortable, but it is not dangerous!
- Anxiety is a temporary state that decreases on its own, whether we do something or not.
- Just because we think (or feel!) something doesn’t mean it’s true.
- Anxiety wants us to feel certainty and comfort, and to stay safe at all costs. But to live a full life, we must live with some degree of uncertainty.
- The good news is that we don’t need anxiety to completely go away before we act.
- The most effective way to manage anxiety is to gradually face our fears: the only way out really is through.
Final Reflection: Now that you have reached the end of this course, please consider the following:
- What stands out as being particularly relevant to your classroom this year, or to your practice with individual students?
- In what ways has this course validated or reaffirmed actions you were already taking?
- Take a minute to look at your Take Notes page and the strategies and concepts covered in this course. What strategies or activities might you consider trying with your students?
- What barriers or challenges might prevent you from implementing some of these strategies?