Mindfulness in the classroom provides students the tools they need in order to resolve feelings of anger, distraction and stress. Daily meditation, journal writing and self-esteem building activities are provided in the Thrival Kit for students to access at any time.
Research shows mental health is linked with many positive mental health outcomes including:
- increased help-seeking behaviors
- decreased stigma surrounding mental health disorders
- decreased stress levels
- improved resilience and positive coping strategies
- decreased thoughts of self-harm and suicidal ideation
The activities provided in the Thrival Kits are tailored to best suit individual classroom needs, including cultural backgrounds’ of students and differing abilities of students.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics that guide student inquiry, critical thinking and builds positive relationships in the classroom. During this learning process students begin to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, problem solve and embrace collaboration with their peers as they work through the creative process. Students are encouraged to build and create solutions to everyday problems as well as engage in a variety of hands on problem solving activities.
During my time at Champlain School, I have learned the importance of providing students with an educational environment that honors various cultures, languages and worldviews. Students should feel that who they are and where they come from has value and is something to embrace. I truly believe that these teachings can increase a child’s self-esteem and can lead to academic success. As an educator, I plan to promote a positive learning experience for my students by ensuring that their culture is represented in the classroom. It is key that my students know I care and respect them and that I want to be a part of guiding them to reach their fullest potential.
The Circle of Courage model is something as a class we incorporate throughout our learning process. We do this in the following ways:
Belonging: Provide a safe and inviting environment. It is important for students to not only make connections with their own teachers and classmates, but other staff and students in various grade levels.
Mastery: Students will have a variety of opportunities to achieve success. As a homeroom teacher I will act as a ‘talent scout’ to help students discover their own strengths and build upon them.
Independence: Students will have resources and tools to continue learning inside and outside of the classroom. Learning is a lifelong process. Students will have the freedom to make mistakes and have success independently to gain confidence.
Generosity: Provide students with opportunities to give back within their own community as well as engage in traditional ceremonies that often teach generosity.
Room 207 program overview