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An impossible “pop quiz” is the perfect beginning for this stress management exercise
P.E. & Health
Title – Stress Management
By – Tara
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 7-8
To have your students truly experience stress right then and there within the classroom, pose this little “trick” at the beginning of the lesson…
Have students put all their books away, take out a sheet of paper and a pen. Explain to them that they are taking a pop exam that will be worth (name a percentage) of their grade. It will be an oral exam and if you miss a question, you will NOT being going back to repeat yourself. Then ask them questions they’ve never heard before, on subjects other than health, and topics they might never have been taught before. Once you see that your students are stressing out, you can stop and explain to them that the way their body just felt is the first stage of the G-A-S.
Then to get them to interact with stress management skills, you can have the students volunteer to act them out, and their classmates have to guess which skill it is. It is a fun way to get the entire class involved in learning how to deal with stress.
Your students might be mad at you at first, but it worked really well with my students! They really enjoyed it, see if it works for you!
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