Waldorf in the News: Stress is Contagious in the Classroom

Waldorf Principle Explored: Inner Work for the Teacher

Daily inner work is required of all Waldorf teachers and is highly suggested for all teachers in general. Inner work is the process strengthening our
“inner forces”  so they are strong enough to carry us through the challenges of the day. One popular way to pursue “inner work” is to start the day with a reading, verse or meditation that will help you grow, balance yourself and gain insight. This work will assist you in being the best teacher you can be that day. Inner work is known to reduce stress. And as we have all experienced – stress is one of the worst things we can bring into a classroom.

Research by Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden

See someone yawn on the subway, and you know there’s a pretty high probability that you’re going to be yawning But new research suggests that there is another contagion out there that you can catch just through simple observation: Stress.

A study from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden found that even being around a stressed person, be it a loved one or a stranger, has the power to make a someone stressed in a physically quantifiable way.

“The fact that we could actually measure this empathic stress in the form of a significant hormone release was astonishing,” said Veronika Engert, one of the study’s authors.

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This article is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link  here or to the right of the blog (on the computer) or following the blog (on mobile). You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

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