Generation Wellness Blog

Equipping students + staff with the tools to thrive in school + in life. We are the generation of wellness.

[SPOTLIGHT] From Service Project to CNN: Simple Steps that Create Massive Impact

 

Service projects are a great way to build community, empower students to dream big, and help others.

In this episode of the Generation Wellness Spotlight, you will:

- Find out why two WA state educators decided to create this service project and the ripple effect it created.

- Hear how a school district and local community raised over $20,000 to build two schools in Kenya.

- Learn ideas and specific strategies for implementing successful service projects. 

The Generation Wellness Spotlight highlights educators around the world who have attended the Generation Wellness training. We believe in sharing the good work that our #wellnesswarriors are doing to create a better school, community, and world. If you have a story you would like to share, email us at: [email protected].

Interested in starting a service project at your school? Access the complete kit with example forms, flyers, emails, and more here:

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Want More Student Engagement + Focus? Do this Simple Practice!

We've got a simple practice for you that will increase student engagement, focus, and the overall learning experience! Are you ready for it? Drum roll please....

Get up and move!

Simple, but profound.

The science is clear: In order for students to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let students move.

Brain breaks re-energize the brain, so that more learning and retention can occur. According to Wendy Suzuky, "Movement is the most transformative thing we can do for our brains." Let's examine the reasons why according to research.

Benefits of Brain Breaks:

  • Increase focus
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve student problem solving
  • Improve cognitive skills
  • Decrease stress
  • Reduces disruptive behavior
  • Promote physical fitness
  • Improve mood
  • Improve short-term memory
  • Improve long-term memory

What We Can Do (Simple Action Steps):

  • Research shows that more learning occurs when taught in smaller chunks of time with many short breaks,...
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[SPOTLIGHT] How to Create School-Wide Morning Meetings with Anne Malver

 

Morning Meetings are a great way to kick off the school day with success... building community, setting intentions, and preparing the brain for learning.

In this episode of the Generation Wellness Spotlight, you will:

- Understand "the why" of Morning Meetings.

- Hear how this school in Eatonville, WA begins each morning together (yes, ALL students and staff in the gym).

- Learn ideas and specific strategies for implementing successful Morning Meetings. 

For more information about Anne Malver (School Counselor in Eatonville School District) and her new book, click here.

The Generation Wellness Spotlight highlights educators around the world who have attended the Generation Wellness training. We believe in sharing the good work that our #wellnesswarriors are doing to create a better school, community, and world. If you have a story you would like to share, email us at: [email protected]

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The School to Prison Pipeline + How We Can Create Change this 2019-2020 School Year

The beginning of the school year is often an exciting time filled with decorating classrooms, collaborating with staff, meeting families, and more. Many schools and districts are also planning for daily practices that combat stress and innovative interventions that actually teach skills. Why? Take a look at these sobering statistics:

  • Stress is the number one cause of disease in America. 3 out of every 4 doctor visits are because of stress. At the core, stress is America’s #1 Health Problem.
  • More than two thirds of children in the U.S. report experiencing a traumatic event by age 16.
  • Stress and trauma impact school performance. Research shows that students who experience chronic stress and trauma have a lower GPA, higher rate of absenteeism, increased dropouts, increased suspension/expulsion, and decreased reading ability.
  • Suspensions drastically increase the chance of students dropping out, which increases their chance of going to prison. In fact, our...
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[VIDEO] At One School, No One Eats Alone

A high school senior started a unique club called We Dine Together to make sure no one in his school sits alone at lunch. As Steve Hartman reports, the message is to make outsiders always feel accepted.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdDa2outstI&feature=youtu.be

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[TED Talk] The Happy Secret to Better Work

  Source:https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

 

Quotable: "The greatest competitive edge advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain. When the human brain is positive, creativity triples, productivity rises by 31 and we live longer, healthier lives."

These research based habits include:
1. Gratitude
2. The Doubler
3. Exercise
4. Stillness
5. Kindness

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[TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK SALE] 20% Off Tools that Teach Peace + Attire that Inspires

 

20% off all tools + apparel except Compassion It bracelets. Sale ends May 10th.

Use promo code: SUMMERSALE

https://generation-wellness.store/

Happy shopping!

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[INTERVIEW] How to Create a Mindfulness + SEL Elective for Elementary Students

Wellness Warrior Spotlight
Name: Anne Malver
Occupation: Elementary School Counselor

How were you able to create a Wednesday Elective Period at the Elementary level?  

This was started in one of our elementary schools in the districts and our principal decided to adopt it as well. Our teaching staff LOVE it.  Teachers are able to bring their passions to students each week for 40 minutes during this elective period. We have two 40-minute elective periods every Wednesday - one for K-2, the other for 3-5. Some teachers and students grow plants in our greenhouse while others teach drawing and painting.  We have one staff member teaching coding and another taking students outside, and teaching wilderness survival skills. Our music instructor teaches students bucket drumming while another staff member teaches drama. The list goes on... Anything goes during this elective time!

What activities/curriculum are your students working through during this elective?   

I...

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[Video] We are the Generation of Wellness

 

 

Mission: Equipping students and staff with the tools to thrive in school and life. We believe in building strong hearts, minds and bodies.

Vision: Every school in America will educate the whole child by 2023.

How: Trainings, app + online courses that provide proven techniques that decrease stress, strategies that build connection and activities that self-regulation and self-care practices.

Quotable: "We are seeing more students coming to school with anxiety, depression and this is in elementary school. We are seeing families who are struggling and I think society as a whole needs this kind of work."  - JoAnne Duncan, Principal

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[INTERVIEW] Teaching Mindfulness with Mallory Neuman

Wellness Warrior Spotlight
Name: Mallory Neuman
Occupation: High School Counselor

What skills have you focused on teaching this year?
Self-regulation and stress relief through guided relaxations and breathing exercises.

Working in a high school is busy and it seems there's a never ending to do list of standards to meet, tests and work/college to prep for and constant activities, assemblies and events. How is there time to teach these skills to ALL student at West Seattle High School?
As a high school counselor, you have to make time.  I’ll usually start a classroom lesson with a few minutes of deep breathing, before we get into the content.  We’ve also built lessons into our school-wide advisory curriculum, so even though I’m not personally delivering the lessons the students are learning about the benefits of mindfulness. Finally, I’ll work with departments who already understand the need for SEL and mindfulness (PE and World Language at the moment)...

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