After almost one full year of adjusting the education system to meet various COVID-19 restrictions, many areas are finally starting to resume in-person instruction again.
The safety of both education staff and students is priority #1, but another concern for many is how this past year and current restrictions on in-class learning is going to affect students’ well-being and academic performance. A recent BCCDC study showed that stress and mental health challenges of school-aged children have risen over the past year for the majority of children, as well as 76% reporting that their children have experienced impaired learning due to the pandemic (2020, BC Centre for Disease Control).
So, how can we help our students and children get through this challenging time?
Social emotional learning has been a trending topic throughout the last several years, but now more than ever, it is a key factor to helping children cope with their environment and emotions. Helping your students to build these skills not only will help them to healthily navigate their emotions during this time but it will greatly improve their long-term academic success, emotional regulation, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making abilities.
Brain 1st’s Mindfulness course is an easy to implement tool to re-endorse social emotional skills, bringing self love and compassion back into the classroom. The best part is that this tool can be used for both in-person and virtual classes, allowing your class to adapt to whatever the future might bring.
In this course, we practice simply noticing what thoughts we are having that may be generating both pleasant and unpleasant sensations; we get curious to the patterns between our thoughts and our body sensations, with the aim of awareness to when we are attaching emotions to our thoughts and reacting on them when it may not be useful for us to do so.
To learn more about how Brain 1st’s Mindfulness course works, click here.