Addressing Student Anxiety in Remote Learning with Jessica Minahan

40 minutes

This week on TeachLab, Justin is joined by Jessica Minahan, a behavior analyst, special educator, author, and school consultant. They discuss how COVID-19 is affecting students with anxiety, how it manifests through behavior, and some simple strategies that teachers can use during remote learning to help students feel a bit more in control during these challenging times.

“...there are a couple of things to keep in mind as you're planning curriculum and planning different things is we're going to see a spike up in fears around sickness and death, particularly those two themes. So for example, if you're going to read a book where the mom dies, we want to be extra thoughtful about that right now. We want to make sure that we think that through and that's something administrators and teachers can be doing together.”

  • How students have been responding to recent changes
  • Behaviors of showing anxiety
  • Establishing adequate check-ins for students to communicate their feelings
  • Handling behavior and stress in remote learning
  • Cheat sheet of responses for handling student panic in the absence of support staff
  • Helping students develop a sense of control over their own lives
  • Youth cultural change around germs and disease post-quarantine
  • Being thoughtful about discussing the pandemic


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Resources and Links

Read Jessica’s Educational Leadership: Special Report “Maintaining Connections, Reducing Anxiety While School Is Closed”

Learn more about Jessica Minahan’s work

Find Jessica’s book “The Behavioral Code” on Amazon

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Learn more about the mote voice commenting for Google Docs

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