Teaching Anxious Students

By Tonnie Martinez, Ph.D.

Teachers do not need educational researchers to tell them there is a rise in student anxiety in schools–many hear “That gives me anxiety…” on a daily basis. But what if students do not verbalize their anxious feelings or cannot articulate what they are experiencing? Their behavior may offer clues they are feeling anxious. The Child Mind Institute offers information on the types of anxiety students face, how to recognize anxiety in students at school, and what might be causing it.

Kansas State University graduate and Eisenhower Middle School Counselor Angela Bunger offers valuable insight and tips for working with anxious students in an EdCat Chat*. You can find her EdCat Chat on tips for working with students with anxiety here.

For additional resources, EdCats may want to consider the following links:

We Are Teachers offers 7 ways to help students who struggle with anxiety.

Mind Shift has 20 tips, links to research, and parent resources for anxious students.

The roles of guardians/families, counselors, social workers, administrators and peers are key to a collaborative approach.  Student support structures can be suggested, implemented and revisited.  Every student’s perspective and coping skills are different.

Ultimately, giving students skills to address their social and emotional needs can provide them with tools for success for the rest of their lives.


*EdCat chats are 5-10 minute video chats that give advice to early career teachers, years 1-3. If you would like to provide mentoring advice in an EdCat chat, please contact Dr. Tonnie Martinez at tonnie@ksu.edu.