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The Stress Contagion
A University of British Columbia study that tested students' cortisol (stress hormone) level and surveyed their teachers' feeling of burnout identified a link between the two. This concept, coined the "stress contagion," suggests that teacher stress levels can be transmitted to students, thus increasing their cortisol levels which further inhibit their ability to learn.
This is yet another piece of research that reminds us of the importance of implementing stress resilience tools in schools as a foundation for all other practices. As a UCB professor stated, "If we do not support teachers, we risk the collateral damage of students."