Teacher wellness rooms - timing or trending?

In the past few weeks, I’ve read several articles on social media about teacher wellness or self-care rooms in U.S. schools.

The abundance of these articles makes me wonder whether it’s timing (schools are back in session in North America) or trending.

I wanted to take a deeper dive into teacher wellness rooms to see why schools are jumping on this bandwagon. 

First of all, here is a bit of research on teacher stress as a backgrounder:

- teachers experience as much stress as paramedics and police officers (Johnson, Cooper, Cartwright, Donald, Taylor & Millet, 2005).

- 80% of Canadian teachers feel their stress levels have increased over the last 5 years (Froese-Germain, 2014).

- students are negatively affected by teacher stress and burn-out (Arens & Morin, 2016)

- the chronic use of empathy and depletion of emotional resources are strongly associated with emotional exhaustion and/or professional burnout for teachers (Maslach, Schaufeli & Leiter, 2001).

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