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When you’re tired, you need some no-prep activities that you can do on the spot, with short notice and next to no supplies, that can fill time while still being enriching for you and your students. In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re sharing our go-to no-prep social-emotional learning and mindfulness activities that you can do w…
 
Do your students hand assignments in late? Do they feel stressed about completing their tasks on time? In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we share the exact strategy we teach high school and university students to help them reduce stress and overwhelm and better manage their time all while prioritizing their wellbeing. LISTEN TO THE …
 
Do you feel like you’re pulled in so many directions as a teacher? That at any given moment that you can never complete the tasks you planned to do, then have to catch up before and after school? No More! Learn a highly effective strategy to keep you on track! Plus, find more work-life balance (and avoid teacher burnout) in this episode of The Bala…
 
How can we talk to kids about complex social justice issues in an age-appropriate way… And without watering down the realities of the issues? Oftentimes, kids have no issue understanding and being comfortable with these concepts. It’s often adults who need help to facilitate conversations. So how can adults get to the point where they feel comforta…
 
The biggest hurdle to starting a mindfulness practice in your classroom is often the fear of the first lesson. How do you introduce mindfulness to your students so that they will be on board and understand the benefits of this practice? We’ve decided to completely remove this barrier for you by creating an introduction to mindfulness video lesson t…
 
The biggest hurdle to starting a mindfulness practice in your classroom is often the fear of the first lesson. How do you introduce mindfulness to your students so that they will be on board and understand the benefits of this practice? We’ve decided to completely remove this barrier for you by creating an introduction to mindfulness video lesson t…
 
As teachers, we want to create a safe space for our students where they feel comfortable being themselves and advocating for their needs. So, we do our best to treat our students with kindness and compassion. However, conflicts between our students, or worse, bullying can create a classroom atmosphere that goes against our values. But how do we ens…
 
Today we’re diving into part 2 of this topic on The Balanced Educator Podcast, all about how to teach self-regulation in the classroom! Last episode, we talked about how to teach for self-awareness and self-regulation, which, in turn, makes classroom management easier and allows us to be more productive in the classroom. If you haven’t listened to …
 
Teaching self-regulation to our students allows them to manage their emotions and behaviours independently. In turn, this makes classroom management easier and allows us to be more productive in the classroom. But, teaching self-regulation can feel daunting! There’s so much information out there and lots of different advice on how to do it… It’s di…
 
What can we do as teachers to help our students gain self-confidence? Where do we start? In this episode of the Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re sharing a step-by-step approach on how to teach self-confidence in the classroom. First, we break down how we incorporate positive self-talk practices in elementary school, middle school and high school. W…
 
In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re talking about how using mindful movement in the classroom helps students manage their emotions and be ready for calm and focused learning. We talk about why movement breaks are effective and how to incorporate them into your classroom routine to support learning and simplify classroom manageme…
 
Talking about racism can feel scary. Especially when we don’t want to offend or say the wrong thing. However, this fear can hold us back from learning how to support all of our students in their unique needs. In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’ve invited Noreen Sibanda, a Provisional Psychologist, to teach us how to create safe sp…
 
Supporting struggling learners can be a challenge when we don’t know the root of the problem or which strategies to employ. In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’ve invited educational therapists Rachel Kapp and Stephanie Pitts from Learn Smarter, the Educational Therapy Podcast to teach us about how educational therapists support le…
 
When times are challenging, we need the wisdom and love of a grandmother to soothe us, teach us, and refill our tank. That’s why we’ve invited Grandmother Pahan onto The Balanced Educator Podcast today. Pahan Pte San Win shares her story about working with incarcerated youth. She shares what she learned and the relationships she built from asking h…
 
In this episode of the Balanced Educator Podcast, we’ve invited Erith Thompson to share how she uses Educalme Classroom, our social-emotional learning and mindfulness program, with her grade 6 team. Erith shares why she started using Educalme Classroom with her students and what resources she found really useful when she was getting started. Then, …
 
How do we teach our students to be grateful? Today on The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re discussing concrete ways to explore gratitude in the classroom! We share an awesome letter of gratitude project that teachers can do with their students right away. This interdisciplinary classroom activity will help students understand the power of gratitude…
 
Trauma can negatively affect a student’s ability to learn and there might be more students in your classroom that have experienced trauma than you think. Creating a trauma sensitive classroom supports all learners and equips students with skills that will support them in coping with difficult experiences that they might face in their future. In thi…
 
Have you ever reacted to your child’s or student’s behaviour in the heat of the moment then wished you would have handled the situation differently? In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re interviewing Hunter Clarke-Fields, host of The Mindful Mama Podcast and author of the book Raising Good Humans about mindful parenting. Hunter sh…
 
This year, everyone has been telling teachers to practice self-care. But, when do we find the time? Self-care doesn’t have to be restricted to outside of your workday and doesn’t have to be an added task on your to-do list. In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’ll teach you how to integrate self-care into the school day so that both …
 
How can you practice mindfulness in the classroom with success? In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’re sharing the 4 do’s and don’ts for teaching mindfulness in the classroom so that you can avoid making the same mistakes we did early on in our careers. When you follow the tips we share in this episode, you’ll have success teaching…
 
In this episode, Kailey shares how she teaches mindfulness and social-emotional learning in her high school classroom. She explains how she introduced mindfulness to her students at the beginning of the semester, how she created a social-emotional learning routine and how her students reacted to this daily mindfulness practice. Kailey addresses com…
 
If you have students in the classroom displaying problem behaviours, having more fun might be the solution! In this episode of The Balanced Educator Podcast, we’ve invited behaviour specialist Dr. Marcie Beigel, onto the show to teach us how having more fun in the classroom can help students manage their behaviours. We talk about how having fun can…
 
How do we help students go from I can’t to I can? Today on The Balanced Educator Podcast, we are sharing practical and applicable lessons, activities and projects you can do in your classroom to teach your students about growth mindset and how to adopt this mindset, which we believe is extra important now with the hurdles students have had to face …
 
As a teacher, taking time for self-care can feel impossible. So we’re sharing a quick and easy set of strategies that you could use before, during or after your workday to de-stress in 5 minutes or less. LISTEN TO THE SHOW Subscribe to The Balanced Educator Podcast so you don’t miss our upcoming episodes: iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play S…
 
With so much talk about the climate crisis, you might be wondering what you can do in your personal life and in your classroom to care for the environment. We’ve invited Heidi Rose from zerowasteclassroom.org to teach us about the zero-waste movement and how we can make changes at home and in our classrooms to reduce the amount of trash we send to …
 
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