A blueprint for a different kind of back-to-school

Strategies for taking care of your body, your mind, and others…
  • Laugh especially, because laughter IS the best medicine.
  • Exercise: walk, ride your bike, or go for a jog.
  • Eat healthy food and healthy snacks.
  • Spend time with a friend, a family member, or a pet.
  • Meditate, do yoga, or imagine yourself in your favourite place.
  • Lie down on your back in the park with your face in the sun.
  • Volunteer your time for a good cause.
  • Play outdoor / physical games, like hopscotch or shooting hoops.
  • Play quiet / indoor games, like a card game or charades.
  • Use your green thumb indoors or out, or both.
  • Cook a favourite meal or recipe with an adult, and then eat together.
  • Draw, paint, colour, or sketch.
  • Write a daily journal, a story or a poem.
  • Sing along to your favourite songs (in the car or shower, to the radio…).
  • Dance to your favourite song(s).
  • Listen to relaxing music, birdsong, or waves on the beach.
  • Rest, nap or sleep: it’s okay to feel tired.
  • Be kind to yourself: this is new for all of us.
  • Cry if you need to: it’s a totally okay thing to do.
  • Reach out for help, and talk about your feelings…

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Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning

What is Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning?
  • Trauma-informed teaching is a pedagogical approach that understands the possible affects of trauma and crises on students’ learning and behaviours, during or after a period of stress and/or upheaval.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted students’ schedules, routines, home lives, and social lives, and for some students, it has affected their emotional states, access to nutrition, and connection to the world.
  • Trauma-informed teaching and learning (TITAL) is a way to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of schools have affected students; once school buildings and schools reopen, students of all ages may have experienced circumstances that have been physically, socially, mentally and/or emotionally difficult and/or harmful.

Resources for teachers

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