When the health and wellness curriculum just becomes a list of things to teach, it really misses the mark. If the goal of health and wellness lessons are to teach student life-long ways to take care of themselves, it should be woven throughout their days at school in addition to explicit teaching. We’ve evaluated some of the ways we put our wellness lessons front and centre in our classroom.[Read more…] about Make Wellness Lessons a Priority in Your Classroom
Are you looking for something quick, easy and fun to do in the gym or outside at recess? We’ve been searching for games that students can play that don’t require a lot of equipment and or are simple enough that students can play them on their own with adult support. Playground games are the answer!
Students love older playground games that seem new to them. Even something as basic as teaching students a new chant to use while their skipping can boost engagement. Read more to learn how we use playground games to build relationships, get in some physical activity and have some fun![Read more…] about Why You Should Revive Old Playground Games
How do you bring nature into your classroom? Or how do you bring your classroom to nature? More and more research shows the benefits of nature to student health and achievement (and yours, too!). Where should you start? We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help connect with nature to create a healthy classroom. Hint hint-they don’t cost money.[Read more…] about How to Grow a Healthy Classroom with Plants
Are you having trouble fitting health lessons into your plans because you already have too much to teach? Stop overlooking the value of health class! You can leverage health lessons to teach reading and writing. You can help students in your class be organized, play safely and get along with each other. So why are you ignoring all these important outcomes?[Read more…] about You Need to Stop Overlooking Health Class!
What is about teaching that doesn’t allow a person to fully turn off their teaching brain? Is the chemical composition of a teacher that makes them want to give every last drop of energy in the classroom? What about nurturing? Is teacher wellness a myth?
What is it that makes you a great teacher?
Like most teachers, you are a caring, compassionate person who would give the clothes off your back in order to make the lives of your students better. You are willing to give your hard earned money to make sure they have the materials they need to be successful in your classroom. You’re willing to give your time to make sure they have the best possible experiences while they are in your classroom this year.
There is nothing wrong with any of that, but do you know when you’ve crossed the line into being unhealthy?[Read more…] about Unlock the Hidden Keys to Teacher Wellness