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Thank you for trusting us with your time and energy. We know you’re busy and work hard as a teacher. But as one of our workshop attendees once said, “What do I teach? I teach students. I teach children.” We hope this workshop and these resources help your students, but even more, help you create space for SEL in your own life!

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Additional Resources

Below is a collection of resources, links, and ideas we’ve collected from past workshops and professional developments. We’d love to keep growing this list, so if you have any success stories or “learning opportunities” from your own classroom, we’d love to share them. Feel free to reach out at any time.

Book Recommendations

Because by Mo Willems (VIDEO)(BUY)

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (VIDEO)(BUY)

I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright (VIDEO)(BUY)

It’s Ok To Be Different by Todd Parr (VIDEO)(BUY)

My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor (VIDEO)(BUY)

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae (VIDEO)(BUY)

The Song Garden by Vicky Weber (VIDEO)(BUY)

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Self-Care Resources

Secondary Traumatic Stress – it can be subconscious, so strive to understand the signs

Notes from Fellow Teachers

As we get more great ideas and advice from other teachers, we’ll keep collecting it here.

The “Shut It Down Zone” – a place to recreate the “coming home ritual” of pre-covid, providing the physical and routine triggers that the work day is over.

Ideas to help with Morning Greetings:

  • Have students take turns being the greeter
  • Establish clear transitions into the start of class
  • Have a video or activity for kids already in the classroom

Ideas for Virtual Learning

  • “If my students can’t find scarves, we use their socks!”
  • Ensure they have enough “Mindful Minutes or Mindful Moments” each class. Make it part of the schedule and provide options for how they use them.

Ideas for the Calming Corner

  • “I set up my own PERSONAL ZEN ZONE IN THE CLASSROOM. Seeing how I handle myself when I’m overwhelmed gives my students permission to do the same.”
  • Create multiple calming corners (possibly color coded)
  • Use sheet dividers and dry erase markers with your Feelings Journal to save on paper

“Establishing BOUNDARIES is self-care”

“What do you teach?” “I teach students. I TEACH CHILDREN. That’s the correct answer.”

“When I have to discipline a student, I always make sure I say ‘I STILL LIKE YOU.'”

“I keep a ‘SHARE BUCKET‘ where students can write down and share problems anonymously and/or personally. This helps me be more aware of what might be distracting them emotionally.”

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas/resources to share, please reach out:
NarwhalsandWaterfalls@gmail.com