Physical Health & Education Affect Mental Health

Catherine MoffattBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Playing and moving around have loads of benefits for physical and mental health. Are we sucking the fun out of sport when we focus on competing? How can we use physical education to address the social-emotional wellbeing of students? Exercise and the Outdoors Exercise and time outdoors in nature are shown over and over again to be beneficial for … Read More

Mental Health: We Are the First Line of Defense

Kristen KoppersBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: COVID impacted our students in different ways. Find ways in the classroom to be authentic when it comes to supporting students’ social-emotional learning. We’ve all heard it. Within the last two years, educators have been focusing on the health of the social-emotional learner. In a previous blog, I wrote about the SEL of an educator. In order to be … Read More

#Love Is the Source: The Schools of the New Century

Efraín MartinezBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Nobody signed up to be a modern educator. We have to throw away the concept of measuring students and educators by numbers and instead, support them in healing first. We cannot positively impact a child’s intellect if the child does not believe we care for them. It is our duty to redesign the schools of the new century with … Read More

WSPD ’21: Talking to Students About Suicide

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: It’s important to talk about suicide. It’s everyone’s role to discuss, prevent, and destigmatize suicide. Suicide prevention is social justice and access issue as well as a mental health issue. We need to become a trauma-informed, caring educator so we can support students who need help. Below you will find a list of common myths about suicide talk. Generally, … Read More