Reducing Stress and Promoting Mental Health in the ABE/ESOL Classroom

Though teachers are not trained as therapists, nor should they assume that role, they often serve as trusted, caring brokers for students to a new, bewildering culture. They create classrooms that mitigate isolation, display respect, and offer care. But in recent years, the prioritization of measurable outcomes from funders and the labor-intensive documentation that accompanies that process leaves less time for attending to the emotional support students may need to succeed in learning. This document will help teachers put those needs back in the foreground. World Education, 2012.

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