Equipping students + staff with the tools to thrive in school + in life. We are the generation of wellness.
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.
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...
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!
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]
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.
Teachers are asking for tools for the kids and themselves in their classrooms to get deeper with the kids, to create a community in their classrooms.
This training provided us with just fun ideas to get kids motivated, to get them calm, so being able to monitor kind of their level and engagement with fun activities instead of raising voice.
Currently at Mt. Stuart we're doing Wellness Wednesdays, we know that as educators as people working with children we need to be healthier so we started the wellness Wednesday in our staff room to be able to have our staff feel taken care of, to have them feel connected.
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Feedback is the return of information that is provided following an activity, process, or event.
You may have heard the quote, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Research proves that many of us desire feedback because we want to know what’s expected and strive for improvement, yet the feedback that we want may not be clear or consistent:
So, let’s dive into three strategies that promote effective feedback. Keep in mind, you can use these strategies in the workplace and in your personal life.