Coping with stress

About this resource

Explore stress that may be experienced during transition.

You can download the Classroom Activity in the Attachments as well as work through the learnings in the following pages.

  • Build student awareness of ways to cope with stress;
  • Build self-reflection skills.

  • For student to explore the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety that come with transitions;
  • For students to develop strategies for coping with stress; and
  • For students to discuss ways to cope with stress.

Students will be able to provide the following evidence:

  • understand emotional responses associated with change;
  • understand actions that can be taken to help us sit with change and uncertainty; and 
  • identify support services.

Peer discussion

Student to student conversations to check understanding and build further learning


Students assessing their own learning, with a rubric or other instructions for guidance

Teacher observation

Teacher observation of student learning, with a simple rubric, tick-box or other protocol to record observations

Teacher questioning

Guided questioning from a teacher intended to prompt thinking related to the topic

Direct instruction

Explicit teaching of knowledge and skills to students. This could be through a variety of formats – lecture, readings, demonstrations, etc. Often used at the beginning of a unit or module to cover basic knowledge and set pathways for learning.

Inquiry and problem-based learning

Inquiry learning is focused on a question or questions that guide the learning goals for a unit or module. Problem-based learning is focused on a problem or problems that guide the learning goals for a unit or module. Questions and problems may be generated by the teacher, the students, or by teacher and students together.


Student reflection on their own learning. This is often guided or supported by a simple rubric or information on what learning progress looks like in a particular context.

Work in class independently

Students working by themselves in the classroom, with support from the teacher and available learning materials.

Work in teams or pairs

Student working with other students in the classroom, with support from the teacher and available learning materials. Student groups/pairs can be set by the teacher or formed by students themselves, depending on the needs of the learning task.

Work with family members

This activity involves working with a parent and/or carer, or other responsible adult in the student’s home environment.

  • Laptop device or iPad or suitable device for adapting the task to be done online; 
  • For students with no smart phone or suitable device - butchers paper and markers.
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