Student Mental Wellness

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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
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
AlcoholEdu for High School from Everfi
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Alcohol abuse doesn’t just put students at risk; it threatens the ability of schools to achieve their educational objectives. AlcoholEdu® for High School takes a public health approach to preventing alcohol abuse, incorporating evidence-based prevention methods to create a highly engaging student experience. Through this scalable online program, which has been proven to reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking, high schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.

This Course Covers
Peer Pressure
Underage Drinking Laws
Alcohol and the Brain & Body
Bystander Behaviors
Values & Goal-Setting
Challenging Common Myths
Talking to Parents

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Everfi
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
09/07/2018
Anxiety Canada on the App Store
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A smartphone App designed to help teens and youth to cope with anxiety - promoting a shift in thinking about anxiety.

Available for iPhone/iPad in the apple store:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/mindshift/id634684825?mt=8

Available for android in google play store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bstro.MindShift&hl=en

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Game
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Brain Breaks, Movement Breaks, Dance Videos for TEENS, ADULTS & KIDS
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"The Move to Learn Team is EXCITED to debut a redesigned website and a new collection of FREE classroom videos to help teenage students shake out the energy and regain focus! "

This site is great because there are videos targeted toward teenagers and most break breaks are for younger kids.

There are also collections for Prek-K, K-3 and 4-6.

This playlist has brain breaks for prek-grade 12!

Subject:
Education
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
MovetoLearnMS
Date Added:
01/14/2020
Colouring Pages — Kevin Peeace
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
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The importance of family is prominent throughout the works, The vibrant colours represents the joy of life, it is meant to inspire hope, success, and happiness. These paintings are a tribute to my late mother who was my guide throughout my life, my late Grandmother for her strength in cultural beliefs and traditions, and my children for the inspiration they give me, Meegwetch.

- Kevin Peeace

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kevin Peeace
Date Added:
11/30/2022
Create Mindful Mood-les with Ben Sanders - Smiling Mind
Conditional Remix & Share Permitted
CC BY-NC
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Explore moods and emotions using drawing and creativity!  These mindful moodles will help students get in touch with their emotions. Thank you to Smiling Mind for the these great materials. 

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/13/2021
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
Every Body Belongs — Yoga Ed.
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This toolkit unpacks six specific, practical tools that can be used to share yoga and mindfulness with teens/adolescent students.

All six tools prioritize two important objectives:
- How to address common roadblocks that (seemingly) limit teens’ access to yoga and mindfulness, and
- How to liberate and affirm teens’ identities in yoga and mindfulness

Enter your email to download the toolkit.

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yoga Ed
Date Added:
02/03/2021
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
Gamified Mental Wellness 30 Saskatchewan
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Free for all students and teachers in the province, this activity will give students an overview of topics like mental wellness, stress, identity, brain anatomy, addictions, mental health disorders, and community supports. They'll also learn about free Peer Support and Counselling offerings provided by the Mental Wellness 30 program. (Course funded by SunWest Distance Learning Centre and RBC Foundation)

Fill out the form to get a breakdown of the course content and additional ChatterHigh resources.

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
ChatterHigh
Sun West DLC
Date Added:
11/10/2022
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt!
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"Gratitude scavenger hunt. My kids love to “hunt for treasure” and pretend with me! Believe me, my husband is often standing from afar laughing at us as we enter “imagination land”. Scavenger hunts help kids to become aware of the simple things in nature they can be grateful for. We’ve made a free printable that you can download of the scavenger hunt."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
06/01/2020
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
Health & Wellness Music Playlists
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"Below you will find several playlists for you and your family to use during our time of distance learning. All the music in the playlists have been recommended by staff and students of Masonville Public School as pieces which provide calm, relaxation, renewal and the opportunity to recharge. Most playlists are between 20-30mins long."

Subject:
Arts Education
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Masonville Public School
Date Added:
04/30/2020