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How do you handle stressful situations?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview

There is a broad range of examples you could give here. You want to show that you are capable of coping with stress keep you in your job, sharing tools or strategies that help you stay calm. Show you are prepared, as you will likely face stressful situations in this position from time to time.

Basic answer example
"I have learned to stay relaxed and try not to react. I know what situations make me stressed, and I know how to respond. Typically if I am overwhelmed with too much work on a tight deadline, I prioritize tasks that need to get done each day working towards that final deadline to make sure I use my time wisely and have realistic expectations. This helps me to feel less stressed."
Entry Level answer example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Experienced answer example
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels. I am resistant to stress which is a great quality for a teacher to have."

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How do you handle stressful situations?
Remove stressor if possible... Usually the look works--kids know I mean business.
I handle stressful situations by chunking. What I mean by that is I take the issues at hand, and break them down into manageable steps. For instance, if a student is continuously misbehaving and disrupting the classroom, I break down the issue by identifying the behavior, proposing and implementing ways to rectify it, testing it, and continuing the process until it is solved. I tend to place rationalization and logical thinking as first and foremost to being an effectual model and educator.
Head on. I first identify the source of the stress, determine whether or not I can do anything to eliminate or lessen the source of the stress, and then act accordingly. If there is nothing I can to about the stress at the time being, I will focus on an activity or idea that can act as a release mechanism for that stress that allows me to carry on with my responsibilities and life normally.
Slow down. Not allowing myself to become overwhelmed. Taking a more basic approach to what I am doing will help things become less complicated and easier to handle.
Take a deep breath. Find ways to decompress.
I handle them mostly pretty well, stress is all around us and how we react to it determines how we will progress. Keeping it under control and now allowing it to consume you is the toughest part and is something I have struggled with before. If there are hard deadlines and multiple things that are just thrown at me it takes me some time to focus and strategize a plan to accomplish all the different tasks.
I try to frame the situation as objectively as possible, without emotional or intellectual bias, before I examine my role in a given situation and consider my options.
I pray, change my thinking and sometimes I walk.

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