Mastermind - WE Well-being - Summer, 2019

What educators are saying:

“WEWell-being is one of the best. It is a very compelling program. AWESOME. Immediately, the teachers involved in this workshop were trying to figure out how to bring the program to their classes, to all the students in their area and even to their staff.” —Patti, educator, Ontario “We implemented WE Well-being Gratitude lessons with our Grade 2-3s. As a class, we decided to recognize people in the school community who give a lot but aren’t always told how important they are. The students made up dances, a memory book and decorated big cards of appreciation. Some recipients cried happy tears, some were surprised, and others jumped for joy. It was profound for my young students to see and helped build social emotional learning skills in a tangible way.” —Jeannette, educator, British Columbia “I feel like this is the program I’ve been holding out for; I’m so excited because I never thought I would see a program like this before I retired. I’m not planning on retiring any time soon now that I know I can implement this for the next 10 years!” —Aaron, educator, Nova Scotia

Adalynn helped the Humane Society. “I gave them towels and leashes.” Arielle shoveled a neighbor’s driveway. Jaxen made paper hearts and pipe-cleaner flowers for all of the friends in his great grandma’s retirement home. “It made me happy,” he says. “The WE Well-being lessons are universal,” Morris says. This fall, he plans to hold some general sessions for anyone in his school system who wants to integrate the curriculum into their teaching. The long-time educator says WE has inspired timely conversation that addresses classroom challenges.

“We seem to be getting more and more students who have self-regulation problems,” he says. “So we need to do two things: We need to get kids to understand other kids’ perspectives with empathy. We also need to purposely teach mindfulness in kids to develop caring classrooms.” Morris is excited by the potential and reach of the program in his district where service learning is already thriving. “If you have 40 teachers and they have between 25 and 30 students, we’re impacting a lot of kids! It scaffolds out fairly quickly. A year from now, it will be more than that!”

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