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An upbeat, interactive workshop that directly supports Alberta Education's

Health & Life Skills curriculum by introducing students to techniques that can help them  

self - regulate when feeling overwhelmed, worried, nervous or stressed out.

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The workshop directly supports the Health & Life Skills and CALM Curriculum and builds on current content.  

The table below outlines the Alberta Curriculum connections.

"Success in school depends on a student’s  ability to somehow decrease their stress.  The inclusion of stress management  techniques into the curriculum is an  obvious application of neuroscience to  education that can improve learning,  emotional well-being and physical health.”

 Cozolino, L (2013). The social of Neuroscience Education:        Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom.WW Norton

Some psychologists believe that today’s children are faced with more stress than previous generations and have fewer social supports available. (1)  This is supported by a report made by Global News in Sept 2015 where they disclosed that some Calgary students are reporting levels of stress two thirds  higher than the Canadian norms.

 

As a result, school communities and youth organizations are putting an increased focus on the importance of mental health and teaching children and youth strategies to cope with feelings such as overwhelm, nervousness, anxiety and worry... or as the students say, when they are "stressed out". This can have a tremendous impact on a student's success at school because a stressed out brain can't learn!

 

I'm here to help you support your school!

 

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

 

Grade Kdg

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

R-K.1 demonstrate knowledge of different kinds of feelings and a vocabulary of feeling words

 

 

 

R-1.1 recognize and demonstrate various ways to express feelings; e.g., verbal and nonverbal 

 

 

 

R-2.1 recognize that individuals make choices about how to express feelings; e.g., frustration

 

 

 

 

R-3.3 develop, with guidance, strategies to deal with stress/change

 

 

 

 

 

R-K.2 explore the relationship between feelings and behaviours; feelings are okay, but not all behaviours are okay

R-1.2 identify physiological responses to feelings; e.g., being sad can make you tired

 

 

 

R-2.1 recognize that individuals make choices about how to express feelings; e.g., frustration

 

 

 

R-3.4 develop, with guidance, effective communication skills and strategies to express feelings; e.g., appropriate expression of anger

 

 

R-1.3 identify positive and negative feelings associated with stress/change

R-2.3 identify possible psychological and physiological responses to stress

 

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

R-4.2 identify and use short-term strategies for managing feelings; e.g., dealing with excitement, anger, sadness, jealousy

R-5.2 identify and use long - term strategies for managing feelings

 

 

 

R-6.1 recognize that individuals can choose their own emotional reactions to events and thoughts

 

R-7.1 analyze how thinking patterns influence feelings

 

 

 

R-4.3 recognize that management of positive/negative stress can affect health

R-5.3 recognize that stressors affect individuals differently and outline ways to respond to stress

R-6.2 establish personal guidelines for expressing feelings

 

 

R-7.2 analyze the need for short and long term support for emotional concerns

 

 

 

R-6.3 develop personal strategies for dealing with stress/change

 

W-7.10 identify and examine potential sources of physical, emotional and social support

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11 & 12

R-8.3 evaluate the relationship between risk management and stress management

 

 

W-9.2 analyze how positive health habits can be supported by a variety of approaches to health practices and treatments; e.g., acupuncture

P1. analyze the dimensions of health and their interrelatedness, the impact of the determinants of health, and the dynamic nature of balance in life

P1. analyze the dimensions of health and their interrelatedness, the impact of the determinants of health, and the dynamic nature of balance in life

W-8.11 identify and develop personal resiliency skills

 

R-9.3 analyze, evaluate and refine personal strategies for managing stress/crises

P7. analyze a variety of strategies to achieve and enhance emotional and spiritual well-being

P7. analyze a variety of strategies to achieve and enhance emotional and spiritual well-being

 

 

P8. develop and assess strategies for anticipating, identifying, managing and embracing change

P8. develop and assess strategies for anticipating, identifying, managing and embracing change.

Endnotes

1. Pfizer. http://www.morethanmedication.ca

 

 

Programs available for Students, Teachers & School Staff

                - Classroom Workshops                                             - Mixed Grade Workshops  

                - PD Day Workshops for Teacher Wellness               - Parent & Student Workshops

                

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the workshops I currently offer, however I am happy to brainstorm and customize other ways I can contribute to your school's wellness initiatives.

 

Option #1  Connect to your Calm - Learn 15 Techniques

Learn 15 simple tools to help deal with stress.  This comprehensive workshop teaches students a variety of things they can do when they are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or stressed out at school or at home. This not only affects their ability to learn, focus and be creative but also their overall physical and emotional well - being.

- For Grades 5 and up

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- 2 workshop options: 1 full session (approx. 2 hours 15 mins) or 3 x 45 min sessions

- Students will receive a workbook and teachers will be sent follow up activities to review & reinforce what they learned.

 

Option #2  Connect to your Calm - Just Breathe

- For Grades Kdg and up

- 40 minute workshop

- Learn why deep breathing is important, how it works and practice atleast 4 different techniques.

- Depending on the grade, each student will receive a craft or a handout.

 

 

Option #3  Connect to your Calm - For Teacher & School Staff Wellness

Overwhelmed by ever growing to - do lists or giant stacks of marking (or both)?  Having trouble falling asleep at night? Learn simple and effective ways to create moments of calm so that life doesn't feel so overwhelming.  Best thing is some of these techniques you can use with your students as well. A calm learning environment equals an effective learning environment ... let's make it happen!

- Great session for Professional Development Days

- Time is spent exploring how to incorporate some of the techniques into the classroom.

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-  3 hour workshop                                                                                                                                                       - All particpants recieve a workbook and access to my newsletter.

 

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