Another major driver that surfaced during the discussions was the issue of wellness, which was made ever more evident by the current pandemic, when all of us had to attempt to maintain a healthy balance in our lives.
Despite increasing awareness as to the importance of themes related to healthy eating, physical activity, inner exploration, and mindfulness, wellness is not always a dominant presence in schools and impactful programs are infrequent.
As a preliminary exploration to the ensuing discussion, please review the following resources:
Wellness in the Schools
Wellness in the Schools creates healthier environments for children to learn and grow.
School Wellness and Well-Being Initiatives Across Canada
The Alberta Teachers’ Association engaged Ever Active Schools in 2019 to undertake a literature review and environmental scan to inform the landscape of wellness and well-being activities in Alberta and across Canada. The literature review, which follows the environmental scan, focuses on recently published, peer-reviewed studies of teacher, school staff and student well-being/wellness.
Mindfulness is a critical, foundational skill for both educators and students who are living in our increasingly complex, 21st century world. When educators integrate mindfulness into their school communities, the conditions for greater well-being, resilience, kindness, and effective learning are cultivated, shifting the outcomes for an entire generation of young people.
Please answer the following questions in the Discussion Forum below.
- Can you identify opportunities for the development of wellness learning activities within existing programs, curriculums and subject matters of the school?
- Which other initiatives could be implemented schoolwide – including teachers and the community – to develop wellness programs at the school?