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    Social & Emotional Learning

     

    As part of a focus on teaching the whole child, Folsom Cordova Unified School District has defined a strategy for integrated and explicit social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for students and adults in our system. Our district wide goal for SEL is the following: Through an intentional focus on social, emotional, and academic learning, FCUSD schools will create positive learning environments where students, families, staff and community feel connected, respected, and included. This goal supports the FCUSD vision by enabling “students to reach their full potential and successfully meet the demands and opportunities of a highly technological 21st century”. 

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  • Current Events Resources

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    Talking to Kids about the attack on the Capitol

    NEA Talking to Kids About The Attack on the Capitol

    Tips for talking to kids about racial violence and other national tragedies. 

    When Bad Things are Happening

    When Bad Things Are Happening

    Suggestions for navigating a discussion with students as news unfolds.

    6 Tips for Talking to Kids about the attack on the U.S. Capitol

    6 Tips for Talking to Youth About The Attacks on the U.S. Capitol 

    Tips for families on navigating age appropriate conversations around current events. 

    Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event

    Caring for Students in the wake of a Traumatic Event    Tips for discussions and connections to the importance of Social Emotional Learning to help navigate times of uncertainty and stress

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Self Care Resources

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    The Importance of Self Care

    The Importance of Self-Care

    During this time of uncertainty and fear, many of you are stepping up to help kids, parents and others. As you busily help others, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. 

    Prioritizing Self-Care While Working From Home

    https://www.edutopia.org/article/prioritizing-self-care-while-working-home

    Teachers adjusting to teaching from home while schools are closed may need to work out new routines to stay grounded.

     

     

    Mindfulness Resources

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    Headspace

    A mindful approach to helping your team through coronavirus disease

    App that includes a free section entitled “Weathering the Storm” which includes meditation, sleeps, advice, and workouts to help during this crisis. 

    Mindfulness Activities

    Mindfulness simply means paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity and without judgment. It’s intentionally drawing your awareness to thoughts, feelings, or sensations happening from moment to moment. Although some religions incorporate mindfulness, it’s not tied to religion. Mindfulness is a natural state of consciousness, and the intentional practice of mindfulness can train attention. Research examining mindfulness-based approaches in education has found:

    • Improvements in student attention
    • Improvements in student social-emotional skills (perspective-taking and empathy)
    • Increases in prosocial behavior (sharing and including others)
    • Decreases in aggression and symptoms of depression

     

    Mindful Posing

    One easy way for children to dip their toes into mindfulness is through body poses. To get your kids excited, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy.

    Have the kids go somewhere quiet and familiar, a place they feel safe. Next, tell them to try one of the following poses:

    • The Superman: this pose is practiced by standing with the feet just wider than the hips, fists clenched, and arms reached out to the sky, stretching the body as tall as possible.
    • The Wonder Woman: this pose is struck by standing tall with legs wider than hip-width apart and hands or fists placed on the hips (Karen Young, 2017).

    Spidey-Senses

    While on the subject of superheroes, this can be a related “next step” to teach kids how to stay present.

    Instruct your kids to turn-on their “Spidey senses,” or the super-focused senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch that Spiderman uses to keep tabs on the world around him. This will encourage them to pause and focus their attention on the present, opening their awareness to the information their senses bring in (Karen Young, 2017).

    This is a classic mindfulness exercise and encourages observation and curiosity—great skills for any human to practice.

    Safari

    The Safari exercise is a great way to help kids learn mindfulness. This activity turns an average, everyday walk into an exciting new adventure.

    Tell your kids that you will be going on a safari: their goal is to notice as many birds, bugs, creepy-crawlies, and any other animals as they can. Anything that walks, crawls, swims, or flies is of interest, and they’ll need to focus all of their senses to find them, especially the little ones (Karen Young, 2017).

    A similar exercise for adults is the mindfulness walk. This exercise provokes the same response in children that a mindful walk elicits in adults: a state of awareness and grounding in the present.

    Positive Thinking https://www.pricelessparenting.com/chart-for-kids

    Practice positive thinking each day for two minutes. Choose two phrases from below or make up your own. Breathe in silently saying one phrase; breathe out saying a different one.

    • I am good.
    • I am kind.
    • I am enough.
    • I am smart.
    • I am important.
    • I am worthy.
    • I learn from my challenges. I am gentle with myself.
    • I am creative.
    • I am loved.

    Gratitude

    Giving Thanks can make you happier

    An Antidote to Dissatisfaction (video)

    In the midst of widespread uncertainty and as we embark on a whole new way of engaging with each other (at home, at work, and virtually) there is no better time to sift through all of the chaos and unknowns to identify what we can be thankful for.  Gratitude is more than just saying “thank you” to someone who has been helpful, in fact, researchers consider it a “life orientation” where feelings of gratitude stem from noticing and appreciating the positive things in life (Wood et al., 2010). This mindset of gratitude can be especially helpful during periods of stress and transition (very much like what we’re experiencing now!). 

    People who regularly practice gratitude experience more:

    • positive emotions, 
    • feel more alive, 
    • sleep better, 
    • express more compassion and kindness, and 
    • even have stronger immune systems

     

     

     

    Mental Health Resources

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    Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis

    Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis

    Flexibility is to have the ability to shift perspectives and actions when new or unexpected events arise. This allows us to adapt more easily to difficult situations. 

    Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19

    Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19

    Having anxiety around COVID-19 is normal. Here are some tips to help manage those feelings. 

    • Start with yourself. Make sure you are okay—that you are calm enough to validate, reassure, and support others. Practice self-care.
    • Be aware of your own emotions and accept how you feel
    • Focus on the facts. Consult reliable and up-to-date sources
    • Control the amount of information you take in
    • Respect others’ decisions but know what’s right for you
    • Support others who are dealing with anxiety and uncertainty 

    Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    Know your behavioral signs of stress and how you can effectively relieve stress. 

    Talking to Children about COVID-19

    Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

    Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events

    Guidelines:

    • Remain calm and reassuring
    • Make yourself available
    • Avoid excessive blaming
    • Monitor television and social media viewing
    • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible
    • Be honest and accurate
    • Take Time to Talk

    Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

    A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

    COVID-19 facts and comic book making activity for kids

    The Ultimate kids’ guide to COVID-19

    Live Science Ultimate Kids Guide

    Kurzgesagt Video

    Kid friendly guide to explaining how we got here and what we are doing to help mitigate spread. 

    My Emotional Safety Plan

    My Emotional Safety Plan

    Modeling appropriate emotional management can develop and reinforce appropriate emotional responses during this time of uncertainty. 

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

    Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

    Understanding the somatic responses to trauma, anxiety, stress and building resilience

     Coping with Fatigue, Fear and Panic During a Crisis by Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines

    We are dealing with two contagions — the virus itself and the emotions it generates. Negative emotions are every bit as contagious as the virus, and they’re also toxic. Fatigue, fear, and panic undermine our ability to think clearly and creatively, manage our relationships effectively, focus attention on the right priorities, and make smart, informed choices.