Generation Wellness Blog

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

[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] How to Create a Mindfulness-Focused English Class at an Alternative High School with Rebecca Wenrich

 

Rebecca Wenrich is an English Teacher at an Alternative High School who created a class focused on learning and practicing mindfulness in 2022.

In this episode of the GW Spotlight, Rebecca shares her insights about developing this class in hopes to inspire you and your school to implement simple tools for less stress and more success. Click play to watch the video which highlights:

  • Why this class was created
  • How this class was planned and launched in less than one month
  • What Rebecca experienced in the first few weeks of the class
  • The hardest part of creating/facilitating this class
  • The highlight of creating/facilitating this class

With all of the uncertainty and constant change over the last few years, focusing on learning and practicing mindfulness and wellness in all PK-12 classes is needed more than ever. Rebecca shows us that this is possible at all levels, all subjects, everywhere.

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] I Like Writing Gratitude Notes

 

Gratitude is thanking people with what you have. 

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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] WOOP Goals Provide Connection + Consistency with Julie Bruey

 

Julie Bruey is a High School English Teacher who values learning her learners and teaching important life skills. In this episode of the GW Spotlight, Julie shares her insights about creating connection and consistency through WOOP Goals. Push play to learn:

  • The definition of WOOP Goals
  • How to teach intentions and goal-setting
  • Why the WOOP Goal routine matters
  • How students and staff respond to this weekly practice
  • Ideas for creating your WOOP Goal practice
  • The #1 result from consistently teaching/practicing WOOP Goals

With all of the uncertainty and constant change over the last year, consistent routines are needed more than ever. As you will see from watching this video, Julie shows us that these routines don't take much time, but creates massive positive impact. Thank you for your dedication to staff wellness, Julie! You are a true Wellness Warrior!

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] The Brain Can Change

 
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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] New York School District Prioritizes Self-Care with WellVille Staff Wellness Center

 

Welcome to “WellVille", a wellness center for district staff in Long Island, New York. In this episode of the GW Spotlight, Debbi Rakowsky, school social worker in the Three Village School District, shares her insights about creating a space for educators to pause, connect, and shift from a culture of burnout to balance. In this video, you will learn:

  • How WellVille got started
  • A typical school day in WellVille (virtual + in-person)
  • Equipment for the staff wellness center
  • How WellVille provides free counseling + workshops for staff
  • A creative way to get your walking steps in throughout the school day
  • Ideas for staff check-ins and support
  • How to get funding for your staff wellness center
  • The #1 thing you need to start your own staff wellness center

With compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression on the rise, we must shift the paradigm of self-care is a luxury to self-care is a priority. As you will see from watching this video, Debbi shows us...

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] After Doing Breathing I Feel Really Happy

 
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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] An Engaging System that Includes the Pedagogy of Whole Child and Staff Wellness with Maura Toohey

 
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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] Tumwater School District: Staying Well During A Pandemic

 

While all of us are familiar with the recommendations to stay physically healthy - wash your hands, cover your cough, practice social distancing, sanitize high-touch areas - Tumwater School District quickly realized that we also need to tend to the social/emotional health needs of our staff, students and their families. Being hurled into completely unknown territory - some dealing with the stresses of a lost job, sick loved ones, anxiety, and more - Tumwater School District quickly partnered with Lyndsay Morris, Founder of Generation Wellness and BHHS alumni, to address these important aspects.

TSD has committed to staff, student and community wellness by utilizing a phase-in system to provide ongoing resources, utilizing grant funds, as they endure the challenges of the pandemic:

Phase 1: Staff Wellness 

Learn more about the Workplace Wellness Academy here.

Phase 2: Family Wellness

Learn more about the Family Wellness Toolkit here.

Phase 3: School...

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[STUDENT SPOTLIGHT] When I Listen To Audio Relaxations, It Calms Me Down

 
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[STAFF SPOTLIGHT] What Is Generation Wellness with Trudy Schug

 
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