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10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas
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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.

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Edutopia
Emelina Minero
Date Added:
06/22/2022
5 Strategies to Build Student Belonging
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Download the guide to building student belonging.
Ideas include:
Permission to Envision
Get to Know You User Guides
Culture Boxes
Belonging Baton Pass
Morning Meetings

*This guide will need to be downloaded from Panorama.

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Panorama Education
Date Added:
01/25/2022
9 Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for Mental Health
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"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."

*Counting Breath
*Core Breath
*Yoga Poses at Desk
*Brain Break
*Relaxation

You will need to share your email to download the guide.

Subject:
Education
Health & Fitness
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yoga Ed
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Action for Happiness App
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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.

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Action for Happiness
Date Added:
09/22/2021
Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre
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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 anciente@sasktel.net. 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.

Subject:
Outdoor Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Wildlife Management
Biology
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Emotional Wellness
Mental Wellness
Physical Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Material Type:
Primary Source
Date Added:
01/09/2022
‎Calm
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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

Subject:
Education
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Calm.com
Date Added:
06/13/2022
Create a Mindful Space in Your Classroom or School - Smiling Mind
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"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."

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Smiling Mind
Date Added:
06/01/2021
Empowering families affected by substance use - Moodle Course
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Having a family member with a substance use problem can be very stressful and overwhelming. You play a key role in supporting your relative and in promoting their wellness and recovery. Performing this role may take a toll and have a significant impact on you as well. This self-directed online program is designed to empower you as you support your loved one.

This course will help you to recognize the stress and range of emotions you may be experiencing, and to understand the importance of addressing your own needs. The course will also explore strategies you can use to cope with the challenges of dealing with a relative with substance use problems, strategies for self-care and ways to empower yourself.

The course includes 6 modules:
1. Understanding Substance Use Problems and Addiction
2. Impact of Substance Use Problems on Families
3. Supporting Your Family Member's Recovery
4. Communicating Effectively with Your Relative and Setting Limits
5. Staying Safe and Managing Crises
6. Empowering Yourself Through Support and Self-Care

Subject:
Health Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Author:
CAMH
Date Added:
05/10/2021
Everfi Courses for Students - K-12 Overview
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Students have access to a number of courses in the area of:

*Social & Emotional Learning
*Financial Education
*Health & Wellness
*College & Career Readiness
*Early Learning

Sun West students - ask your teacher to add you to a course! Currently we access Everfi via the Clever portal. Leila Pullum (lpullum@everfi.com) is here to respond to student and teacher support questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach if you need help.

NEW courses are being added regularly.

ECE- K-3
Word Force
Healthier Me Jr
Compassion Project

Elementary/Middle 4-8
Vault
Healthier Me Middle School
Hockey Scholar Math & Science
Endeavour STEM Career Exploration
Ignition Digital Safety & Citizenship
Character Playbook
Venture Entrepreneurship
Mental Wellness Basics

High Schools 9-12
Mental Wellness Basics
Venture Entrepreneurship
AlcoholEdu
Prescription Drug Safety
Marketplaces
EVERFI Financial Literacy
Honour Code

Subject:
Financial Literacy
Computer & Digital Technologies
Education
Health & Fitness
Career & Work Exploration
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
06/03/2021
Family Yoga - Yoga & Mindfulness Tools to Support Family Connection and Communication
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"A family yoga practice can be a fun, dynamic way to enjoy moments together that turn into memories. Designed for families and groups of all ages, this 25-minute yoga practice features partner work and imaginative play while teaching the value of connectedness."

Subject:
Health & Fitness
Physical Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yogaed
Date Added:
10/28/2021
First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
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This colouring book represents the collective efforts of 19 Indigenous artists,
and celebrates a diversity of health and wellness perspectives.

Colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress, and
can help you find balance in challenging times.

Subject:
Arts Education
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Canadian Red Cross
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Grades 10-12 – STF Professional Learning
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The STF provides a comprehensive list of resources that can be utilized by teachers to support Grades 10-12 learners in the areas of literacy, math and more!
This is great "one-stop" shop for resources/strategies/ideas for enhancing teaching and learning of young adults.
See tags for what is available.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Math
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physics
Social Studies
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Simulation
Author:
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
STF
Date Added:
01/27/2022
Grades 1-3 – STF Professional Learning
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The STF provides a comprehensive list of resources that can be utilized by teachers to support Grades 1-3 learners in the areas of literacy, math and more!
This is great "one-stop" shop for resources/strategies/ideas for enhancing teaching and learning of young students.
See tags for what is available.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Math
Science
Social Studies
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
STF
Date Added:
01/21/2022
Grades 4-6 – STF Professional Learning
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The STF provides a comprehensive list of resources that can be utilized by teachers to support Grades 4-6 learners in the areas of literacy, math and more!
This is great "one-stop" shop for resources/strategies/ideas for enhancing teaching and learning of young students.
See tags for what is available.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Math
Science
Social Studies
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
STF
Date Added:
01/24/2022
Grades 7-9 – STF Professional Learning
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The STF provides a comprehensive list of resources that can be utilized by teachers to support Grades 7-9 learners in the areas of literacy, math and more!
This is great "one-stop" shop for resources/strategies/ideas for enhancing teaching and learning of middle level students.
See tags for what is available.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Math
Science
Social Studies
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
STF
Date Added:
01/27/2022
Guided Mindful Moment - Digital Wellness Break: Tense and Release (Relaxation)
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Give your eyes a break with this audio-only Digital Wellness Break. Follow along as teacher Stephanie's voice guides you step-by-step through "Tense and Release," a mind-body-breath integration that's designed for children and effective for all ages.

TODAY’S MINDFUL MOVEMENT
🦦 TENSE AND RELEASE 🦦

“It’s the end of a very long day. Back-to-back-to-back meetings. You sign-off from work, gather your belongings, rush out the door... only to get stuck in traffic. Tension rises.

A busy lifestyle with no time to relax can lead to frustration, tension, and chronic stress.

Making time in our busy days to mindfully unwind can help. Tense and Release is one of our favorite relaxation exercises to do just this. By consciously tensing and releasing our bodies, we are able to tune out what is going on outside and tune in to what’s going on inside. And in tune, consciously let go of the tension and stress we carry.

This audio-only relaxation will allow you to return to a state of balance. Just hit 'play' and give your eyes a rest for the next four minutes.” (Yoga Ed.)

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yoga Ed
Date Added:
12/16/2021