School Counseling and Mental Wellness
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The Avon Mental Wellness Team (AMWT) is working diligently to support the Avon Community through this unique time. Each day, a member of the AMWT will be sharing a short video with a tip for students, families, and staff. Be sure to check us out each day for some new information!
Day 7: Gratitude
Students: Check out our last #VirtualSEL message before Spring Break. How can shifting from “I have to” to “I get to” make a difference for how you approach things? What is something you GET to do today?
Staff: Here is our last #VirtualSEL message before Spring Break. We have 2 quick tips for you to try to help build up your gratitude. And we want to thank you for taking time with us to support your resilience.
Families: Here is our last #VirtualSEL message before Spring Break. Here are some quick tips to build your gratitude practice – for yourself and your family. Thank you for spending time with us & we look forward to seeing you after break!
Supplemental Materials for Gratitude
- Kid President: 25 Things to be Thankful - YouTube Video
- The Gratitude Experiment - YouTube Video
- 3 Good Things - Greater Good Science Center - UC Berkeley
Day 6: Kindness
Students: Check out this video about kindness - for others AND for yourself. Try the kindness challenge and see how many acts of kindness you can show today!
Staff: Check out this short video about kindness to yourself as an educator. You are doing AMAZING things for students! Please know we are cheering you on every day! see if you can engage in an intentional act of kindness for you today.
Families: Check out this short video about kindness as we continue onward in this unique time. Kindness towards yourself (aka self-compassion) is as important as showing kindness to others. Can you find ways to show yourself some kindness today?
Supplemental Materials for Kindness:
- Kid President: Good Spreads - YouTube Video
- Life Vest Inside: Kindness Boomerang - YouTube Video
- Kids For Peace - Website full of activities that are specific to COVID-19
- 30 Day Kindness Challenge - Website and reflection questions
- Kindness Bingo - Website (Small Act Big Impact)
Day 5: Presence:
Students: Check out this quick video with a special guest star today! How can being present and focusing on your breathing help you today? What are some ways that you can start to become an expert noticer?
Staff: Check out this short video about present. Being in the here and now can help you slow down and refocus on the things you can control instead of dwelling on what is beyond your control. What is something you could start to notice today?
Families: Check out this short video about being present. Try out the STOP method and see if slowing down to notice can help you feel a little bit better today. What else could you notice in the present moment?
Supplemental Materials for Presence:
- The Power of the Present Moment: Living in the Now - YouTube Video
- Mindfulness Exercise: Grounding - YouTube Video
Day 4: Mindfulness
Students: Check out this short video about using mindfulness and movement to help manage stress. Let's see if we can find ways to practice some mindfulness and some movement today!
Staff: Check out this short video about using mindfulness and movement to help manage stress. Mindfulness and movement can be used throughot the day to help center and focus ourselves. How could a mindful moment help you today?
Families: Check out this short video about using mindfulness and movement to help manage stress while we continue to navigate this fluid situation. How could you take a mindful moment today - either solo or with your child?
Supplemental Materials for Mindfulness:
- Body scan meditation for students - YouTube Video
- Getting started with mindfulness - Brief Article
- Stop, Breathe, Think - Website and App with guided focus activities
- 6 ways to practice mindful eating - Brief Article
Day 3: Growth Mindset
Students: Check out this short video about activating your growth mindset. Remember, challenges and mistakes are ok - it's how our brain learns new information! See if you can use the Power of YET today with your e-learning!
Staff: Check out this short video about using your adult growth mindset. You are doing amazing things for our students. Make sure to give yourself lots of encouragement and compassion as we work through technology together!
Families: Check out this short vidoe about growth mindset. It's ok to feel frustrated with all the changes happening. Learn some quick tips on how to help yourself and how to reframe things for your child.
Supplemental Materials for Growth Mindset:
- Learn more about Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset - YouTube Video
- Here are 3 Tips to boost your confidence... and strengthen your growth mindset! - YouTube Video
- 10 Ways to encourage a growth mindset in children - Brief article
Day 2: Positive Thinking
Students: Check out this video to learn more about the power of positive thinking. Try looking for bright spots and looking for what could go right instead of what could go wrong
Staff: Check out this video to learn more about the power of positive thinking. Try looking for bright spots and looking for what could go right instead of what could go wrong
Families: Check out this video to learn more about the power of positive thinking. Try looking for bright spots and looking for what could go right instead of what could go wrong
Supplemental Materials for Positive Thinking:
- The Power of Positive Thinking - YouTube Video
- Kid President Pep Talk for Teachers and Students - YouTube Video
- 10 Easy Positive Thinking Exercises - YouTube Video
- 10 Ways to Help Kids Think Positive - Brief Article
Take a peek at this cool weekly journal from Calm. This is a great resource that can be used along with our bite-size virtual SEL lessons coming next week! This is part of a great resource shared by the IDOE SEBW website
Day 1: Resilience & Flexible Thinking
Students: Please check out this super quick video about building resilience and flexible thinking. Flexible thinking is an important part of problem solving. It’s ok if you recognize you feel stuck – let's use a strategy to get unstuck!
Staff: Please check out this super quick video about building your resilience and flexible thinking. We want to support your wellness while you are working hard to support our students!
Families: Please check out this super quick video about strengthening your resilience and flexible thinking. We want to support you while you are with your children during this time!
Supplemental YouTube Links about flexible thinking: