Prosocial Recreation Activities

Prosocial Recreation Activities

Rationale

To provide opportunity for social interaction among students, as well as students and staff. To provide opportunity for staff and students to find grounding, when emotions, anxiety or traumatic events become overwhelming. To help build a healthy school culture.

This can be done before, during or after school. It can happen in rooms already designated for recreational activities, or rooms can be created (e.g. wellness room, gym)

Examples of pro-social recreational experiences are below. There are endless ideas, however these are three different types of examples.

  • Have a staff member supervise the gym during recess, so that students can play various informal games. This allows students to have an alternate environment than the playground at recess. There is opportunity for students to interact with others, as well as staff. Students who might feel uncomfortable during regular recess have an alternate option. Students who have experienced stress can regulate and ground themselves by engaging physical activities.

  • Provide a wellness room for students and staff to regulate emotions. This wellness room can be equipped with resources for students and staff to use at their discretion. E.g. painting/drawing material, books, manipulatives, cards, MUSE headbands, music devices with headphones, etc.
  • Plan an entire-school event where students and staff are mixed between grades, gather in the gym or larger open area and participate in mini-games and challenges. Teams can be created by staff and different activities can be planned for team building (e.g. musical chairs, nerf target challenge, karaoke, etc). This allows students and staff to interact with people they might not know. Team building and school culture can increase when interactions between grades occur.

Resources

Building a Healthy School Culture

Team Building Activity Ideas

Team Building Activity Ideas for Kids

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Incorporating Movement Into Classroom Routines

Incorporating Movement Into Classroom Routines

The rationale for this promising practice is to help keep students’ energy and brain activity high and healthy; to take mental breaks after periods of learning and to integrate movement into curriculum learning.

The process can take many forms. Here are some examples of how to integrate movement into classroom routines:

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Second Step

Second Step

Committee for Children’s research-based Second Step SEL Program gives teachers an easy-to-implement, engaging way to teach social-emotional skills and concepts. The Second Step Program is designed to help children thrive and be more successful in school—ultimately setting them up to be thoughtful and productive adults.

Second Step is a packaged, guided, prescriptive program, with many complementary resources:

How SEL Is Taught in the Classroom

  • The teacher explains a concept with words, pictures, video, and/or audio
  • Students practice the concept through skill practice, group discussion, individual writing, or partner work
  • The teacher continues reinforcing the concept throughout the week
  • The teacher sends information home for students to work on with parents
  • The teacher checks for understanding
  • The teacher re-teaches where necessary

CESD Contact: Raelynn Notley

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Healthy Minds Healthy Children

Healthy Minds Healthy Children

Purpose

The Healthy Minds Healthy Children site provides education and consultation for Alberta professionals working in child and adolescent addictions and mental health.

Services

  • Consultation to professionals
  • Clinical education for professionals
  • Continuing education for professionals
  • Resources

Professional Development

Important Information

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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools (EAS) is a provincial initiative designed to assist school communities in addressing and creating healthy school communities. EAS contributes to the healthy development of children and youth by fostering social and physical environments that support improving the health and learning outcomes of students in Alberta.

Schools engaged with EAS are actively supported to assess wellness in their school community and participate through a comprehensive school health approach that addresses health and education goals and improving the social outcomes of children and youth in Alb

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