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Yr 9 Newspaper article #2

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The Result of Stress From School

by Julia Hemmendy 9A

Studies show that Swedish teens are experiencing higher levels of stress in comparison to past generations. According to Don Hill, an American teacher in Sweden, the Swedish National Tests for year 3, 6 and 9 tries to assess the results in too many ways for students to successfully handle.

Main causes for stress in students include, but are not limited to, pressure of academic success, romantic relationships and lack of time management skills. It often results in a vicious circle when you and your friends compete in test scores and grades, and may end in a serious amount of stress. Stress may affect your stomach, bowel, liver, muscles and reproductive system, and cause trouble in the future.

Don Hill is the Vice Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan, with teaching qualifications in math and psychology. He grew up in America and has studied in both the US and Sweden. When asked about the Swedish National Tests, Hill reveals that the Tests are created to assess in two different areas; to get an average over the students’ scores in Sweden, and for each individual student to receive feedback on their academic level. “I think that the national tests are too big of an aspect within Swedish education both in time and scope,” Hill apprises. He wants the constructors of the tests to decide which of the aforementioned areas they should measure, as he believes that the Tests only have quality time to evaluate one area. Hill also imagines that it would greatly help students if their teachers would notify them of the importance of the Tests, as they have the same weight as any other assessment in that subject.

“We [teachers] need to teach about the process of learning as much, if not more, [than] what we are learning.” Hill stresses the significance of a student’s understanding of their assignments, as he is convinced that it is crucial for teachers to explain the purpose of homework and other assessments, not only to decrease stress levels among students, but to make it easier for teachers, too.

Signs of stress incorporates cold hands, frequent clench of jaw, increased or decreased appetite, constant tiredness, insomnia and feelings of overwhelm. Long term stress may stem depression or anxiety. It is essential for students that their parents or legal guardians take time to recognize the hardship of being a student, but also the general pressure teenagers go through.

It is worth to notice that although stress is mainly a negative feeling, the right dose may be helpful for productive efficiency. If a student does not feel the need to do homework before a deadline, they may never do the homework at all. But there is a fine line between efficient work and unproductive stress, a line which teachers and students should be aware of.

Works Cited:

Sutter Health – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 06-01-2017

I believe this page is reliable because it was written by Becky Beacom, a “health education manager for PAMF” and she asked 124 teens on what made them stressed. This results in the relevancy and reliability of the page, as my article is about stress in teens, and the survey asked teens about stress.

The site is made up of educators, scientists, social workers and researchers focused on the health of teenagers. Some of the articles are even written by teenagers – though it should be noted that those articles are peer edited and reviewed for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and false facts.

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The American Institute of Stress, 06-01-2017

The AIS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1978, and in their FAQs it says, “The Institute is dedicated to advancing understanding of the role of stress in health and illness, the nature and importance of mind/body relationships and how to use our vast innate potential for self-healing.”

I find the site trustworthy because of their aspiration of helping people with facts about stress; “We make a living by what we get, but a life by what we give.” The slogan suggests their wish to help people, and that they receive money by donations, which they do. The site is also redundant due to the fact that my article is about stress, and the site is literally called “The American Institute of Stress.” Because of this, I can conclude that the site is indeed relevant and trustworthy.

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American Psychology Association, 06-01-2017

On APA’s About APA page, it says “Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.” The site is made up of volunteer workers with official staff members overlooking their progress at their HQ in the capital of the United States. On their Who We Are page, it says that the association was founded in 1892 and that it has 115,700 members (doesn’t say last updated).

I trust them because they have their official files and documents from 2017 to after 1950 published on the site, and they seem to be aspiring for the development of people’s understanding of psychology. I don’t think they would want to further the knowledge of the human mind if they themselves hadn’t studied it. I chose the site because they had extensive information about my topic and the physical effects of stress.

Thus, from the former examples and facts, I can conclude that American Psychology Association is indeed relevant and reliable.

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Interview with Mr Hill and Ms Bergström, 09-01-2017

As this is only a copy of the answers – of my interviewees’ subjective perspectives – I received from Mr Hill and Ms Bergström, I don’t see how these could be anything but reliable and redundant; I based my article on the answers I got from Mr Hill and their opinions are fully subjective and are not linked to further sites.

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Yr 9 Newspaper article #1

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Lack of Teachers: Cause For Many Problems

by Ida Andréasson 9A

The lack of teachers in Sweden is still a problem, and by 2020 it is estimated that the shortage will exceed 40 000 educators. The founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Barbara Bergström, deems that the chaotic learning environment may be the reason.

The demand for teachers in Sweden has been, and will continue to be, an issue if nothing is done to prevent it. Not only is it the amount of teachers lacking now that is worrying, but also the age of them. Of the Swedish secondary school educators in 2012 were 15% over 60 years old. That is 7% higher than the average OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. These teachers will retire in the following years and will leave behind the massive gap of empty teaching jobs that will have to be filled. Barbara Bergstöm, the creator and Vice Chairwoman of IES (Internationella Engelska Skolan), implies that the absence of discipline and the teachers’ limited control in the Swedish schools are contributing to adolescents being apprehensive of pursuing the profession.

“Many professors still adhere to the belief of the concept made popular by the French philosopher Rousseau, that there is no need of adult authority and that children know on their own what they should learn.” Mrs. Bergström implies that the Swedish teacher education is to blame for using this philosophy and it leads to a decrease in status and recognized importance of educators. She suggests that this inadequacy of control and power frightens students of ever becoming teachers themselves.

Making citizens realize what the teaching career has to offer and how education is changing the world is what Barbara Bergström believes is going to change our view of not only seeing the significance of great teachers, but also inspire us to dive deeper, and stay in the world of education even after we have made it through our mandatory years.

Barbara Bergstöm, who has been a teacher since 1976, recognized early that education is a fundamental part of life and working with the youth made a positive change in her life. She believes that you learn when you teach, not only specific school subjects, but also about how we work as human beings.

“Quality is everything in a school. And quality requires strict attention to detail.” We need teachers that are willing to take on the difficulties and prejudices that have taken root in our society and dig them up so the teaching profession can reclaim its charm and glory that has somewhat vanished over the years. We need quality educators and an environment everyone feels happy and content working in, so no one will ever again think that school is pointless or that it is impossible to use education to change the world.

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