Teacher's Resources (one per grade level to accompany the four texts)
The teacher’s resources tie current, relevant, and positive mental health strategies to your existing literacy curriculum with a range of practical options. Each teacher’s resource features ideas for supporting critical thinking, oral language, and other literacy strategies, with prompts and tips to help teachers feel comfortable facilitating conversations generated by the student materials. Each resource also includes information on how to establish an atmosphere of safety in which students feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues.
The goal is to provide
- Specific strategies to connect literacy skills to resiliency skills and help students thrive, both academically and emotionally
- Enhancements to what you are already teaching without giving you more to do
- Clear parameters on what we can and can’t do in relation to the mental health and well-being of our students
- Examples to help recognize signs for everyday stresses, such as worry and peer pressure
- Suggestions that support an inclusive experience for all learning styles and needs, literacy levels, and cultural norms
- Specific ideas on how to involve and support parents and the community
These comprehensive resources include
- Research related to positive mental health and current literacy approaches
- Comprehensive teaching plans, referred to as Invitations to Learning (see below)
- A glossary of terms
- Activity or information line masters available online
Invitations to Learning
The Invitations to Learning provide you with a menu of ideas and strategies from which to choose so you can connect the student texts to learning about mental health and a variety of curriculum areas.
We have endeavoured to appeal to the needs, interests, learning styles, and abilities of you and your students. However, it is not expected that all activities will be covered in all situations or with all students. You know your students and their strengths best, so you can determine which ideas to pursue and the amount of time you would like to devote to each.
Learn more about the Invitations to Learning