Helping Adjuncts Avoid Stress
The life of an adjunct isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be very demanding when you have facilitation duties to complete and deadlines are looming. An instructor is expected create a classroom environment that promotes learning, while addressing students’ developmental needs. From the students’ perspective, it is expected that the instructor will be actively engaged in the class and responsive to their needs. When you are facing the pressure of these many demands, do you feel that you can effectively meet your responsibilities or do you experience stress on occasion? Do you find that you are reactively responding to classroom conditions, experiencing frustration, or feel overwhelmed at times? Instructors are likely to experience stress if they have not developed a plan for meeting their facilitation requirements. The potential for stress can be addressed through the use of proactive planning tools and self-reflection techniques.
Instructors typically have two types of requirements. The facilitation demands that must be met include contractual requirements that often have deadlines. In contrast, the level of quality instructors provide for their feedback and classroom participation may also produce a demand upon their time. Utilizing a schedule that is
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