Generation Wellness Blog

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

[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] Educating the Whole Child District-Wide with Beth Bourque

 
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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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[RESOURCE] Let’s Talk About It Webinar

 

Like many, we've struggled to find the right words to support our students, families, and communities during this past week of heartache in the United States. We've heard from many educators who serve these young men and women. Here's what they've said:

  • "I pride myself on being a leader, yet I don't know what to do right now to lead."
  • "I'm a Caucasian educator and I don’t want to say the wrong thing."
  • "I'm an African American educator and I wish other people understood ____________."
  • "My husband is a police officer and I also believe that black lives matter."
  • My students are sharing their emotions and experiences on Zoom. How can I provide support?"
  • "I’m afraid of being shamed or criticized for my lack of knowledge and experiences."

Last week we hosted a 90 minute discussion for 500 educators (video clip above). The response was overwhelming and many of you expressed interest in another "Le't Talk About It" session.

You're invited to a safe space to talk about it. Rjay...

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] Breathing and Movement Helps Me Focus

 
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[TED TALK] The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise







QUOTABLE: "Movement is the most transformative thing we can do for our brains." - Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D.

Listen to this inspiring talk from Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscience professor who truly understands the powerful effects of physical activity. She talks about why exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain. This TED Talk has gone viral, for a very well understood reason. Bringing exercise in your life will not only give you a happier, more protective life today, but it will protect your brain from incurable diseases. And in this way, it will change the trajectory of your life for the better.

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise?language=en#t-2418

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[EXPERIMENT] Summer Self-Care Practice

Teaching is the third most stressful career in America. One out of every two educators will leave the profession within the first five years. These stats illustrate just how much stress is dramatically impacting educators. We are losing great teachers each year.

It seems that we can no longer turn away from creating a culture where staff well-being is the foundation. After all, it's vital to take care of ourselves, so that we can serve from our highest potential. Our stress effects how we show up for students, staff, and families.

Self-care is not limited to staying hydrating and getting eight hours of sleep. While those activities are very important, there are many ways to fill your cup and nourish all pieces of your being. Take a look at some simple practices: 

Personal: Honor your true self and do one thing you enjoy once/week.

Physical: Exercise for 20 minutes/day.

Financial: Splurge or save (depending on the day).

Social: Reach out for support and connect with...

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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] Bridget Schroedel, Assistant Principal

 

Generation Wellness Spotlight: Bridget Schroedel believes that discipline means to teach, not to shame. She is an innovative administrator bringing simple tools and interventions to her school and community that are creating massive impact. One example: After attending the Generation Wellness training in 2019, Bridget and staff dedicated an entire classroom to teaching and learning self-regulation. Their behavior referrals have decreased by 50% in just four months of implementation. Thank you for your dedication to a generation of wellness and sharing your shine with the world!

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] A Powerful Demonstration That Shows "WHY" We Practice Mindfulness In School + Life

 
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[STAFF 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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[VIDEO] Decrease Truancy + Suspension Rates by Half with This Simple Practice

Surrounded by poverty and escalating violence, a San Francisco middle school committed to peace and embraced a program of meditation that has made students feel safer, teachers more productive, and brought unity and purpose to the school.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9-phWL8t08&feature=youtu.be

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