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
- Canadian Red Cross – Guidebook for Well-Being in Recovery
- Cornerstone for Teachers – A Crash Course on Trauma-Informed Teaching
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
- Teaching Tolerance – A Trauma-informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus
- The Resilient Educator – What is trauma?
- Edutopia – Social Emotional Learning
- Government of Alberta – Trauma Informed Practice