Teachers have long known that feeling safe and secure in school helps …
Teachers have long known that feeling safe and secure in school helps students focus their energy on learning. And the research bears that out: A 2018 study found that when teachers deliberately foster a sense of belonging by greeting each student at the door of the class, they see “significant improvements in academic engaged time and reductions in disruptive behavior.”
This post outlines ideas from teachers for ensuring that every student in the classroom feels like they belong.
Some of the activities included take less than five minutes. They’re divided up among the grades, but many can apply across all of the years from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Education Week takes place from October 15 to 21, 2023. The theme …
Education Week takes place from October 15 to 21, 2023. The theme this year is "Bright Minds, Bright Futures". The following collection has been put together to support you in encouraging your students to stretch their minds and thinking, and consider all the possibilities their future may hold. There are a number of resources to assit you in lighting the path for students to achieve their full potential. We hope this collection helps you to provide the opportunties that will create Saskatchewan's future leaders. Start by examining the first resource, "1. Start Here". This resource provides a list of many exciting ideas for you to explore. Make sure you look here first, because some of the resources linked in are collections of resources that are not housed in this collection. Select something new from the list you haven't tried, and give it a try. Enjoy fostering bright minds and bright futures!
A student’s sense of belonging can come from connections with both peers …
A student’s sense of belonging can come from connections with both peers and adults. This downloadable guide includes five strategies for building strong relationships with students and creating a positive school culture where everyone feels they belong.
Some unique ways to get to know your new crew of students …
Some unique ways to get to know your new crew of students at the start of the year! *surveys *geeky show and tell *try a maker project to learn their creative process *scavenger hunt *find out what they want to learn with a student leadership team *tap into sense of wonder
"Learning skills to support our mental health early in life can provide …
"Learning skills to support our mental health early in life can provide significant benefits to our physical, emotional, and social growth for life. For example, for children to choose calm in times of stress, they first need the opportunity to experience calm and practice arriving at a calm state.
All of the tools you find in this toolkit help cultivate calm, mental health, and overall well being. In this resource, learn 9 yoga and mindfulness practices for mental health that are suitable for a variety of settings and time frames: each tool may be as brief as 1 minute or expanded as needed.
Use the tools individually or all together to tailor your own experience, now and for the long term."
The Rider Reading Program is a Foundation community initiative that encourages students …
The Rider Reading Program is a Foundation community initiative that encourages students to read together and at the same time, provides them an opportunity to meet one of their favorite players! Through building an association between our brand and daily reading, the aim is to have kids enjoy and maintain positive feelings towards reading.
Dates are posted accordingly: The times account for afternoon-evening sessions, but can inquire about visiting the school and classrooms.
The Action for Happiness app is based on the themes and actions …
The Action for Happiness app is based on the themes and actions from our popular monthly calendars and aims to give users a couple of friendly "nudges" each day - firstly that day's action in the morning and secondly an inspiring message towards the end of the day.
The app is like having a little personal action coach in your pocket who:
Gives you friendly 'nudges' with an action idea each day Sends you inspiring messages to give you a boost Helps you connect & share ideas with like-minded people
Download the app from The Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
Often, we are not informed in school on how to navigate the …
Often, we are not informed in school on how to navigate the world in regards to things like finances, accessing health care, dating, relationships, balancing work and play, partying and staying safe, managing day-to-day stress, and entering into the workforce. This course will provide an opportunity for students to discuss these topics with each other and the facilitator. Together, we will learn how to navigate the tricky and often overwhelming world of adulthood.
This course examines: • Life Skill development for adulthood • Basic understanding of personal finance • Basic understanding of healthy relationship development • Entering the workforce • Enjoying recreational time safely • Stress management
Session 1 – What Does Adulting Mean? Session 2 – Money Session 3 – Healthy Relationships Session 4 – Taking Care of Yourself
*Sessions are offered live at set times. Visit the link to see the schedule.
This course is provided by H.O.P.E (Helping Others thru Peer Education)
ANCIENT ECHOES INTERPRETIVE CENTRE is nestled at the junction of the Coalmine …
ANCIENT ECHOES INTERPRETIVE CENTRE is nestled at the junction of the Coalmine Ravine and the Eagle Creek and offers both indoor and outdoor tours of our Palaeontology sites (dinosaur and fossil displays and dig), Prairie Grasslands Ecology (virgin prairie medicine and food plants, animals in the wild and taxidermy displays), and First Nations History (petroglyphs, rock formations, effigies, archaeological dig, teepee rings, buffalo jump, food processing site, tool artifacts and pottery making displays). A permanent art exhibition by Metis artist, Jo Cooper, expresses a visual and oral story with “The Disappearance and Resurgence of the Buffalo”. Additionally, sculptures outside the centre stimulate the imagination as well as humour. Ancient Echoes is currently operating under their summer hours, which run from May 7th to August 31st. This means we are open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed Mondays). Bookings can be made by calling the Centre at 1-306-377-2045 or emailing email@example.com. Our Valley View Tea Room is open every Friday from 2:30-4:30 PM in May-August.
Ancient Echoes is a popular site for School Tours throughout the year offering custom-designed programs for students of all ages in the areas of Aboriginal History, Paleontology, Ecology, and Archaeology.
Ancient Echoes also offers regular summer programs including traditional pottery making, drum making, ecology and palaeontology hikes, full moon walks, educational and craft days for children, as well as numerous other “ project” days. A video of the ravine walk is available indoors for “rainy days”, or for those who do not wish to hike.
Ancient Echoes has just recently added a beautiful art gallery space to their walls. Our new Prairie Echoes Gallery offers numerous exhibits throughout the year of new and established artists and photographers.
BOKS is a free physical activity program for kids of all ages …
BOKS is a free physical activity program for kids of all ages and abilities. The BOKS program includes lesson plans, training, and support needed to get kids moving for up to 45 minutes a day. It also includes shorter movement breaks, games, and activities tailored to your needs as an educator or parent. Resources include full unit plans for Phys. Ed. Another great feature of this website are the monthly calendars with daily movement breaks. The calendar links to videos showing how to complete each activity.
Sign up for a 45 minute virtual field trip, and follow it …
Sign up for a 45 minute virtual field trip, and follow it up with a classroom unit about human rights and being an upstander. The classroom unit includes an inquiry project.
Virtual Field Trip: Students will learn how to be human rights upstanders by discovering the stories of people who used their personal strengths to take a stand to protect their rights and the rights of others, creating change.
Students will: 1. Learn to identify traits all upstanders possess and understand that each of us also possess these traits in our own unique way. 2. Experience exhibits and the inspiring Museum architecture as if they were at the Museum in person. Interact with a Museum guide and ask questions to better understand how they can take action for positive change. 3. Engage in discussion, critical thinking and reflection on their role in the protection of their own rights and the rights of others.
Classroom Unit: The Be an Upstander resource is a project-based learning unit designed to complement the “Be an Upstander” school program. This resource targets students in middle years and encourages inquiry and action on human rights issues. Students will examine the traits of human rights upstanders and follow their example. By the end of the project, students will have had the opportunity to explore an issue they are personally passionate about, share their knowledge and lead others toward action.
The Be an Upstander website is a digital student experience designed to support student learning as part of a larger human rights themed, project-based learning unit. Students developing upstander projects will engage in personal inquiry and action on human rights issues that matter to them. Students will learn about the traits of human rights upstanders, be introduced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and examine their personal strengths. Following the example of the upstanders they learn about, students will be challenged to take tangible steps to becoming human rights upstanders themselves.
If you need this resource in a different format for accessibility purposes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be an Upstander website: https://humanrights.ca/upstander/#/ Complementary teacher's guide https://humanrights.ca/upstander/#/teacher-guide
Relaxing and serene app helps incorporate peace into daily life Calm opens …
Relaxing and serene app helps incorporate peace into daily life
Calm opens by instructing users to take a deep breath before landing on the home screen. This home screen can be customized, and users can choose from a range of more than 30 nature scenes and sounds to fit their preference. From this point, users can either complete a daily meditation that's provided, choose a sleep meditation, or practice deep breathing. If students choose to complete a meditation, they can choose from a list of more than 25 programs such as body scans, stories for kids, meditations for commuting, calming anxiety, demonstrating kindness, and more. Sleep Stories are fiction or nonfiction narrated stories that can be listened to before rest, which automatically shut off the app once the story finishes.
If students choose to practice deep breathing, they can follow a customizable animated bubble that expands and compresses to simulate inhaling and exhaling. Additionally, students can check their profile settings to set mindfulness reminders, link to Apple Health, analyze session history, invite friends, share statistics, or check their calendar to see how many consecutive days are included in their "streak."
This app is available from: (copy and paste URL into your browser) Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id571800810?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calm.android
Launching in October 2022 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Women’s History …
Launching in October 2022 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month (WHM), this course celebrates the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canada’s history. It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn about the contributions of the amazing women and girls who have shaped our society and inspired so many. Thanks to all the Canadian women who didn’t accept the status quo and fought hard to change things, today’s women have more rights and freedom. The “Canadian Women in History” course, created by Women and Gender Equality Canada and ChatterHigh, will engage youth across the country in a learning journey that honours the diverse, inspiring women and girls of Canada’s past and present.
Create a free account to have access to the four modules in the course: - Celebrating and Commemorating Canadian Women in History - Key Moments in History - Women of Impact in Canada - Gender Equality and Your Learning Journey
Introduce core SEL competencies to teach students how to practice compassion and …
Introduce core SEL competencies to teach students how to practice compassion and empathy, identify emotions, and exercise growth mindset.
Compassion is an important social-emotional skill that begins to develop in early childhood and is essential for lifelong health and success. Learning compassion increases a student's sense of wellbeing and improves the learning environment for all learners. By developing empathy in children, educators lay the groundwork for long-term understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom(opens in new tab) and in life. Compassion education is important(opens in new tab) because it helps to build key social-emotional learning competencies, such as:
- development of the understanding of self - social awareness, and - relationship skills
With interactive online activities and robust offline lesson plans, The Compassion Project provides invaluable resources for teaching empathy in the classroom. The Lower Elementary Compassion Course has three online lessons; Compassion Playground, EmpathEyes, and Mindful Maze.
Sun West School Division: To access The Compassion Project: Lower Elementary, log into EVERFI through your clever account.
"The Compassion Project is a web-based learning platform focusing on social and …
"The Compassion Project is a web-based learning platform focusing on social and emotional learning (SEL) strengths like compassion and empathy. It begins with a tutorial, which students can always access by clicking the help button in the upper left corner. Each lesson starts with a pre-quiz to assess what students already know. After that, a bright and colorful two-minute video with cartoon characters describes the topic for the lesson. Four characters (Tye, Brandon, Alex, and David) narrate the videos in story format. After the video plays, there are reflection questions in the format of a text messenger app that students can click to answer. Characters introduce the SEL skills by describing what the skill (e.g., compassion) looks, sounds, and feels like.
Each skill has three activity lessons. For compassion, students identify when someone needs help and learn how to act with kindness. For empathy, students "see" life through the perspective of different characters. For mindfulness, students practice a breathing technique. Teachers can then provide debriefing and offline extension activities.
The teacher dashboard allows instructors to manage students, add classes, and re-teach when needed. Quiz grades are automatically uploaded and students can access their score by hovering over each lesson." (Common Sense Media)
Sun West School Division: To access The Compassion Project: Upper Elementary, log into EVERFI through your clever account.
Vision Center is a web guide created for those seeking information about …
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All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry. All pages and topics on the website are fact-based and sourced from recent scientific research, scholarly articles, textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals.
"Developed by Smiling Mind psychologists in collaboration with Dulux colour experts and …
"Developed by Smiling Mind psychologists in collaboration with Dulux colour experts and Aussie educators, this Toolkit is a guidebook to help whole-school communities imagine and create healthier places to live, play, work and learn."