Generation Wellness Blog

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

[ANNOUNCEMENT] In-Person Trainings are Back and August 2022 PD Days are Booking Quickly!

 

Do you believe in creating a positive school climate, educating the whole child, and implementing cutting-edge discipline practices that decrease behavior referrals?

If your answer is yes, then we invite you to join over 15,000 educators who've experienced the Generation Wellness Training! You can host a private training at your school or email us if you're interested in hosting a "public training" for significant savings.

This fun, interactive one or two day training provides the blueprint for creating a trauma-informed school with practical tools that build self-regulation, connection, and focus, so that all students and staff have the opportunity to thrive. 

Curious to hear what other principals, teachers, school counselors, and support staff are saying about the training? Watch the video above.

We look forward to seeing you at a one or two day training soon!

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[PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT] Motivational Messages in the Generation Wellness App

 

Do you desire to teach life skills, but don't have the time or energy to come up with quick lessons on the go that create impact?

The On-Demand Motivational Messages in the Generation Wellness App make teaching life skills simple with the click of a button. How? Here is more info about this online product:

What: An online resource for teaching essential life skills to 2nd - 12th grade students through quick, engaging, on-demand videos.

Who is this for: Educators who would like to teach social/emotional learning consistently.

Why are these videos important: Maximize learning through engaging, relatable content that's aligned to CASEL Standards. 

Example Video: Click play on the video above (there are 20+ more videos like this inside the app).

How can I use these videos:

  • Advisory
  • School Counselor Lessons
  • Journal Prompts
  • Before Lunch Exit Ticket
  • Happy Friday Activity

What are other educators saying about the videos: 

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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] Educating the Whole Child District-Wide with Beth Bourque

 
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What to do When Educators at Your School Still Believe in a Punitive Approach To Discipline

While traveling around the country and facilitating trainings, I get to meet extraordinary educators. Not only do we share a day or two of laughter, tears, stories, and strategies, but we stay connected through email, the app, webinars, and the Facebook group.

Last week I received an email from an amazing person who attended the Generation Wellness Training earlier this year and I feel that many of you may be going through the same thing, so I felt it was necessary to share:

Amazing Human:
Hi Lyndsay,
 
I currently am working at ________________________. I have become frustrated facilitated lunch detention because a lot of staff members are far more interested in punishing bad behavior, rather than taking time to connect with students or teach them strategies on how to be successful the next time after making a mistake. I have also noticed that some teachers are quick to punish the same students who are labeled as "troubled" or a "handful."
 
I'm bringing...
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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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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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