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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday December 3rd, 2021

Hi there,

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is just around the corner. It has been celebrated every year on December 3rd since 1992 by the UN! This digest includes insightful activities for the classroom, extra resources for teachers and parents, and some reflection questions on the theme of INCLUSIVITY! Because, a disability should not limit someone’s participation or success in the environment around them!

What is a disability?

“Any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions)” (Defined by CDC).

Did you know?

Around 15% of people worldwide face a disability of some sort, including you and me. Let’s think more about how our community can be mindful of ALL individuals, especially for response and recovery post Covid-19! Teachers and students can think together, about how to make their community and the world more inclusive and accessible for individuals with disabilities. Today, it can be helpful to let students become more aware of their surroundings and how their actions can affect others. Click here to learn more!

X Movement and Dance Ability Movement

We've teamed with with Dance Ability Movement to create activities, resources and reflection journal available with an X Movement Classroom membership.

The Dance Ability Movement provides inclusive and accessible programming in dance studios so that everyone can participate in dance classes, express themselves and realize their potential.

They do this through collaborating with the studio owners and instructors to build a safe and supportive environment, providing OT support and consultation, and recruiting and training volunteers who buddy with dancers in their classes. Check them out on social media!

Classroom

Activities:

1. Definitions

Ask the students to think about what disability is and to give examples of different kinds of disabilities and how it affects someone’s daily life. You can use the link below from the resource section to learn about common developmental disabilities.

2. Make a poster

Seniors can choose a disability and make a poster focusing on bringing awareness to the need for inclusion and accessibility in society. Juniors can make a poster on disability awareness in general! You can put the posters up in class as a reminder of this event!

3. Accessibility scavenger hunt

Make a list of accessibilities at your school and ask students to go around school checking off all the accessibilities they have at school. Click here to learn more about this activity!

4. Action Plan

Brainstorm with students (as a class, groups or individually) on how they can try making their classroom, home, or the world a more inclusive or accessible place for everyone! Include the 5 Ws and H: Who, what, where, when, why, and how.

5. Make a list

Ask the students to make a list of all the ways they can be a friend to someone today and provide help when needed!

External

Resources:

Self Reflection

1. What kinds of challenges can a disability cause?

2. How can stigma affect someone more than the actual disability?

3. What can you do to teach students about the importance of inclusivity for all students?

4. How have you tried to include or provide equal access to individuals with disabilities in your classroom?

5. In what ways can your school be more accessible to individuals with disabilities?

Next Week

International Volunteer Day - December 5th

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
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Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Wednesday November 24th, 2021

Hi there,

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day is held every year on November 24th. This day is meant to appreciate the unique talents we all have! Everyone around the world has some kind of talent that is dear to them. The day is all about bringing attention to and showing others your unique talent! 

Teachers and students can both show off their unique talents. This can help individuals feel encouraged about their talents or feel encouraged to learn about their talents! Our talents can help us do things we never thought we could do. Our unique talents can help us with a job or assignment. These talents don’t necessarily have to take us somewhere. They can even be used for our enjoyment!

Let students spend time thinking about or doing these unique talents. Our talents make us unique! Most importantly, let students explore and try new things. They may be able to find a new talent today! Talents aren’t always something we are born with. Sometimes we need to discover what our talents are. School is a great opportunity for students to feel safe exploring new things!

X Movement Classroom

Resources & Activities

We've got a range of different of activities and a reflection journal available right now to stream with your X Movement Classroom membership.

Classrooms

Activities:

1. Talent show

Let the students show off their talents to the class. They can share how this talent makes them feel unique and why they like doing this talent!

2. Talk about someone’s talent

Get the students to come up with one person’s talent they are inspired by. It can be anyone! They can talk about this person and how their talent makes them unique.

3. Charades

Put every student’s talent in a container and pick one out randomly for each student to act out. It can be a fun and engaging game for the class to play! Students can act out all the different talents they have.

4. Talent log

Every time a student improves upon a talent or tries to learn a new one, they can write it down in their talent log. Students can write what they did and the date they did it. This can show them all the talents that they have accomplished and learn to appreciate them!

5. Research talent

Tell the student to think about a famous person with the same or similar talent they have. Students can research about this person and find information of their life and accomplishments. Through this activity, students can learn how someone has used their talent, be inspired by their work and improve their own talent. This activity is for senior level students!

External

Resources:

1. Click here to read an interesting article about what talent is and how it is discovered!

2. Click here to learn students’ talents and help them explore their talents.

3. Click here to learn how to encourage students to use their talents!

4. Click here to see fun activities for Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day in the classroom.

5. Check out these interesting Ted Talks on discovering talents called Life is your talents discovered by Sir Ken Robinson. Click here!

Self Reflection

For Students

1. What is your unique talent and why is it unique to you?

2. Are there any talents you would like to learn or improve upon?

3. How can you encourage the student to further improve or engage in their unique talent?

4. Why are talents important in our lives?

5. How do our talents affect others and shape society?

Next Week

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3rd

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Monday 15th to Friday 19th, November, 2021

Hi $[FNAME]$,

Next week is Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week in many provinces and school boards around Canada.

Between November 15-19 2021, students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

The longer a child is bullied, the more likely they are to develop physical, emotions and psychological scars that can last a lifetime. 

As educators, we can do a lot to stop this, with the right resources. So let's get started!

X Movement Classroom

Resources & Activities

We've got a range of different of activities and a reflection journal available right now to stream with your X Movement Classroom membership.

The Basics

Of Bullying

Bullying can come in different forms. It can happen in person, in or out of the classroom, or it can happen online. It can be;

Physical: Hitting, spitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property. 

Verbal: Name-calling, teasing, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm, making sexist, racist or homophobic comments. 

Social: Leaving someone out on purpose, encourage others to socially exclude someone, damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance, spreading rumours about someone, telling other children not to be friends with someone, embarrassing someone in public.

Online or Cyberbullying: Spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Resources For

Classrooms + Schools:

General

Resources:

Self Reflection

For Students

1. What is and is not considered bullying?

2. Have you experienced bullying either towards yourself or others? How did it make you feel?

3. What are some things you can do if you see bullying in action?

4. Why is it important to take action to stop bullying in schools?

5. If you could come up with ways to stop bullying in your class or school, what would you do? 

Next Week

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day - November 24th

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
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Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Hi X'ers,

Remembrance Day is upon us. Have you decided how your class will share in the history of this day? Remembrance Day is a memorial day that has been observed since the end of the First World War to remember soldiers who died in the line of duty. In most countries Remembrance Day is observed in November--the 11th month, on the 11th day and the 11th hour to reflect the end of hostilities following WW1.

Out of ten provinces in Canada six consider Remembrance Day a statutory holiday, however Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec do not recognize it as an official holiday. There can be a disconnect for citizens of Canada when it comes to reflecting on Canada’s involvement in War, however, the Department of Veterans Affair Canada that Remembrance Day is that, a day to remember people who have served and continue to serve in times of peace, war and conflict. Particularly the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War in which the Canadian armed Forces have participated. The Veterans Affair has a program to help young and new Canadians (most who have never known war) to understand and appreciate Canada throughout the war.

X Movement Classroom

Resources & Activities

We've got a range of different of activities and a reflection journal available right now to stream with your X Movement Classroom membership.

Did You Know?

National Aboriginal Veterans Day is observed on November 8th to recognize the contributions of Indigenous communities during the First, Second and Korean War? This first began in 1994 in Winnipeg and has since spread nationwide. What a great opportunity to extend your recognition and teach your class about Indigenous involvement, we have attached resources below to learn more about the discrimination Black and Indigenous soldiers faced.

For The

Classroom

Veterans Affairs Canada has resources, activities and lesson plans for classrooms! All you need to do is sort by age group and war/conflict. Many of these resources are free or electronically accessible. Below we have shared some examples of what they have to offer and how you could use them in your classroom!

1. Tales of Animals in War

The series of stories dates back to 2006 with different learning objectives that pertain to teaching children about the war. This year's 2021 story is about artifacts, the clubhouse animals take visits to the Canadian Museum and learn about the experiences during military conflict and peace efforts.

2. Postcards for Peace

Write postcards or draw pictures on postcards for Canadian Armed Forces members, you can ask students if they know veterans or may have people in their lives serving or you can choose from the existing list and choose what community you would like to mail your postcards to! Click this link for more information.

For Teachers

And Parents

There are a lot of themes that come out of Remembrance Day, themes such as gratitude, pride, freedom, safety, patriotism, violence, war, peace, death, racism, civilians, etc. This year, we challenge you to think about what these words mean to Canadians and other places in the world. You can find ways to learn and teach from a broader cultural lens, while you are showing gratitude for those who have sacrificed so much. Take an extra moment of silence and think about your teaching practices, your position in the world and those who are still fighting for freedom and safety. Find ways to also add themes of compassion, love, and solidarity with your children this Remembrance Day. Below are a few resources to help you get started!




Self Reflection

For Students

1. What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

2. Can you recall your most memorable Remembrance Day and how it made you feel? What did you learn?

3. How can you teach the challenging parts of history while being respectful of other experiences?

Next Week

World Kindness Day, Saturday 13th November

Don't forget to share this with your staff and school community.


Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
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Halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

Hi X'ers,

Halloween is "creeping" up on us. Have you decided what theme your classrooms will have this year? We know that not all schools celebrate Halloween, however we think it is a good opportunity to explore the essence this holiday brings.

Be it through our costumes, or your decorations, Halloween is a time where society as a whole gives one another a licence to express their creativity, in all it’s kookiness, freely and without judgement. Our front lawns, schools and grocery stores are transformed into graveyards, and dungeons. Our imaginations pour out of our minds and into our world, transforming our neighbourhoods into a new world, each of us contributing to the art piece.

The origins of Halloween can be traced back to around 400 BC, when the festival of Samhain began in Ireland. The exact purpose is unclear, but it appears to be a commemoration marking the end of summer, and the beginning on November 1 of a new year on the Celtic calendar. As millions of Irish emigrated to North America in the 1800s, the tradition of what we now know as Halloween followed, and became increasingly popular in Canada.

Watch this educational video of the History of Halloween in Canada!

A Quick Note

Before We Start

Before we start, let's look at creativity and how it's perceived in our society. And bust some myths around creativity

MYTH 1: You are either creative or you're not! At some point, we all felt the need to abandon our creativity and choose between a creative or a more practical profession, because we are told we are either creative or we aren't. As a result, the thing that holds most people back from being creative is

MYTH 2: The idea that "I'll look stupid, not good enough, or maybe even crazy When practising creativity with our classroom and even with ourselves, it's important to enforce that NO IDEA IS A BAD IDEA. This sets the fundamental grounds for safety in creative discovery.

Watch this video about a Stanford Study about our Creative Limitation.

X Movement Classroom

Resources & Activities

We've got a range of different of activities and a reflection journal available right now to stream with your X Movement Classroom membership.

Did You Know?

Halloween is also an expression of community, and the Joy of giving and receiving. Fun fact - did you know Canadians buy a third of their candy on Halloween? More than sharing candy, we are sharing our creativity with our community, and acknowledging and appreciating it in them.

Science shows us that creativity has endless positive benefits on overall health, mental health and even our intelligence. The theory of cognition postulates that being creative is actually a basis for human life. Basically, being creative is pretty important! So why not look at how we can practise more of that in our daily lives?

For The

Classroom

Halloween is a great opportunity to start experimenting with adding creativity to your  classroom. But even if you don’t celebrate Halloween at your school, there are countless, simple ways to add creativity to your classroom.

Reflection Board Activity

A powerful way to start implementing creativity in your classroom is creating a space in your classroom dedicated for creativity. Seeing it daily, is a daily reminder that their creativity is important, and their thoughts matter, ultimately building confidence around that.

See this example of a mindset board.

And examples you can make your own here:
  • Choose a daily question and ask students to think of their personal answer.
  • Ask them to post it on the board or say it out loud and you can write it.
  • Open the floor for discussion.

This activity opens their mind to building different alternatives, creative problem solving and critical thinking and discussing other possibilities. 

See this link for tips on guiding constructive critical discussion.

Existing Realities Activity

Choose a theme, event or story and ask your classroom to rewrite the story with a different ending, or from a different character's point of view. For example, in Cinderella, she could have gone off to study at school and be the kingdom's finance minister, in the Lion king, you could be seen from the perspective of Muffassa.

This is a great way to train students in real-world problem solving by getting them to think in a world they already know and understand and to adapt it by considering other perspectives.

See this link for ideas to bring creativity to the classroom.

And if you've only got 5 minutes, try these.

For Teachers

And Parents

In the spirit of community, the essence of Halloween, we've got some for YOU, because after all, we are all natural born creatives, and can do with some more creativity in our lives. Let's look at some of its benefits to our health, and some handy video tips we can implement in our day to day lives.

Creativity is for Anyone at Any Age

The science of Neuroplasticity tells us that our brains are constantly developing, no matter our age. Practising different acts of creativity develops new neural pathways in our brain, meaning it's never too late to create new habits and reap the benefits of creativity whether we are kids or adults. This is key to preventing and treating degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s which attack our neuro pathways. By building more through creative practises, we strengthen our brains' neuroplasticity tapestry, keeping us effectively mentally fit regardless of our age.

Creativity as a Practise of Self care

You don’t have to be Picasso to be creative – the very act of focusing on a creative task, or the repetitive motions of creative activities such as knitting or playing guitar, takes us into the state of flow. This is known to have the same health benefits of meditation, as in this state, our heart rate lowers, and our body enters a state of relaxation, and freedom… the best place form which we can create.

Watch this video to learn how you can unleash your own natural creativity.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. When was the last time you were creative? How did it make you feel?

2. How do you add creativity into your daily routine with your classroom?

3. What about being creative is important to you?

Jokes

Q. Where do ghosts go on holidays?
A. The Boohamas.

Q. What did the bird say on Halloween?
A. Twick or tweet.

Q. Why are graveyards so noisy?
A. Because of all the coffin.

Q. How do ghosts search the Web?
A. They use ghoul-gle.

Next Week

Remembrance Day, Thursday 11th November

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United Nations
Day

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Hi there,

United Nations Day (UN Day) is almost here! UN Day marks the anniversary of the UN charter and has been celebrated since 1948 and observed as a public holiday since 1971.

What is the UN charter and why are we celebrating? The UN charter is the founding document of what can be considered an international treaty. This treaty was signed as a way of maintaining international peace and security that is based on equal human rights of all peoples. Originally the UN received 50 signatories and has grown to 193.

2020 was the 75th anniversary of the founding charter and came at an unprecedented time as COVID-19 crisis was of huge significance globally - and continues to have economic and social impacts.

The United Nations designates days, weeks, and decades to different social justice themes in order to promote awareness and global action, the themes are usually brought forward by one or more members of the assembly.

For the year or 2021 there are four areas of focus listed below with a small description. For more information, click here and learn about past, current or future global focuses.

X Movement Classroom

Resources & Activities

We've got a range of different of activities and a reflection journal, available right now to stream with your X Movement Classroom membership.

Did You Know?

In 2015 the United Nations shared 17 sustainable development goals. These sustainable goals provide a framework to streamline collective efforts. As a fun exercise, try brainstorming with your class to come up with what the 17 goals to help the world might be! We bet your brilliant students might have their own creative goals that are JUST as important.

17 UN goals: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnerships for the goals!

2021 Focus:

1. International Year of Peace and Trust

Vision: The importance of multilateralism and diplomacy and the role the UN has in developing peace among nations.

2. International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

Vision: Recognizing the support required for developing countries in transition of diversifying exports and creative industries.

3. International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Vision: To improve sustainability of food production and reduce waste.

4. International Year for Elimination of Child Labour

Vision: To focus on action and improve legislative and practical action in the elimination of child labour.

External Activities

Resources

1. Student Resources

See what countries around the world are offering here.

2. Go Goals

‘Go Goals” is a board game that helps children understand what the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ are, here is a link to the digital version of the game that students can play individually or as a whole class.

3. Home Actions

Check out this list of SDG at home actions everyone can take to help do their part.

4. SDG Research Game

Have students pick a sustainable goal and learn how other countries are addressing the goal. Allow students to explore the similarities and differences of how a particular goal affects a community of people.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. What SDG means the most to you?

2. What SDG do you want to learn more about?

3. What are some ways you can bring SDG into your schools and homes?

Next Week:

Halloween, Sunday 31st October

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
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Canadian
Thanksgiving

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Hi X'ers,

Thanksgiving is here! Have you decided how you will celebrate with your family or students? Check out the below to brush up on your knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving along with suggested activities for your classroom or home.

Also, we love to use the lesson of Thanksgiving to introduce students to the power of gratitude. Studies have proven that the daily practice of gratitude improves overall health and wellbeing in countless ways. Read more about the Neuroscience of Gratitude below. 

Finally, we love the idea of using Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of a new daily or weekly gratitude practice in your classrooms such as a daily reflection journal, or a weekly gratitude share. There are many more ideas below. Let's explore!

Rethinking

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada dates all the way back to 1578 when the explorer Martin Frobisher held a celebration after he and his crew had survived the long journey in his quest to find a northern passage from Europe to Asia. However, we acknowledge that this expedition and many alike were a part of land dispossession, destruction, violence, and untold truths of Indigenous peoples and is not a history worth celebrating as we are all treaty people.

In the interest of not celebrating colonialism, we have chosen to focus this week’s digest on gratitude. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to teach students what it means to be a treaty person and the truth behind this day. We can take the time to be grateful that ‘Truth and Reconciliation Day’ has been acknowledged but it is our collective job to use that day, and every day to unlearn the history and celebrations that continue to do harm.

We can use Thanksgiving to be thankful for friends, family, share a meal (a practice and tradition that Indigenous folks have had in place long before) and recognize the history behind Thanksgiving Day and what it means to many Indigenous communities. We challenge all educators and parents that in the midst of celebrating you also teach kids and others around you not only gratitude but compassion and empathy for those who mourn on this day.


5 Thanksgiving

Activities

Explore this list and check out the link below for many more ideas:

1. Gratitude Journal Activity

This provides a gratitude journal activity creating a list of 100 things an individual is grateful for by completing 5 mini-lists, each containing 20 lines. For example, the prompt for the first list is to “list 20 things that you are grateful worked out for you…evidence that the universe is on your side.”

2. Gratitude Prompts

Gratitude prompts are a perfect way to get started. Create prompt posters to hang around the school or classroom to help encourage a daily practice of gratitude. All you have to do is finish the sentence...
  • I’m grateful for these three friends:
  • I’m grateful for these three teachers:
  • I’m grateful for these three family members:

3. Gratitude Walk

This is a simple one. Go for a nice long walk and bring all of your presence to the details around you. Notice the intricacies of nature. Learn about the land you are on. Be thankful to nature for providing us with life. Notice the sunshine. Find a moment to feel the warmth on your skin. Be thankful for the sun providing us with life.

4. Treaty Read

Take a few minutes out of your day to read the 1752 Peace and Friendship Treaty to learn about what it means to be treaty people and how you can hold yourself, schools, and governments accountable.

5. Random Acts of Gratitude

Challenge students to find small ways daily to express their gratitude to themselves, others and the world around them. Have them reflect daily on it made them feel and share within the school or classroom.

FOR MORE IDEAS ON HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE - SEE THIS LIST OF THE 13 MOST POPULAR GRATITUDE EXERCISES.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. What does it mean to you to be a ‘Treaty person’?

2. What are some ways you can show gratitude to the land?

3. How can you show gratitude for those around you?

4. Why is giving to others important?

A Joke-a-day

Q. What kind of key can't open doors?
A. A tur-key.

Q. What role do green beans play in Thanksgiving dinner?
A. The casse-role.


Q. Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive?
A. It had 24 carrots.

Q. What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
A. Pumpkin pi.

Q. What is a pumpkin's favorite sport?
A. Squash.

Next Week:

United Nations Day, Sunday October 24th

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World Mental
Health Day

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Hi there,

World Mental Health Day has been celebrated every year on October 10th since 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. It is a day to bring awareness to mental health disorders and problems and to provide the support needed around the world. We all need to be mentally healthy and a way to help is by supporting each other!

Mental health is an important aspect of our life that affects us regardless of what stage we are in our life. Mental health affects how we think about, act, feel and handle situations. It is also very important in our social lives. The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

To live better lives and be better versions of ourselves, we need to have good mental health! Being mentally healthy allows us to appreciate the good things and be able to handle the bad things in our lives. Also, when you find the support needed for your mental health, you can thrive in your life because you are trying to be a healthier YOU.

It is important to consider the mental health of others, especially in a social environment like school. The ways teachers, staff, and students interact with each other can be affected by mental health. Not being mentally healthy can affect a student's learning ability and their success in school! Providing a comfortable and safe place to share your mental health experiences can promote better mental health!

The goal is to try to understand how mental health disorders or problems are affecting people and to try to give them the support they need. Today, let students think about their mental health as well as the mental health of others. Ask them to think about how one can provide or find support when they feel like their mental health is struggling.

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Resources & Activities

This week we've got a playlist with a range of different of activities and resources on the X Movement Classroom platform, including mindfulness videos and a reflection journal, available right now to stream.
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Other Activities and Resources

1. Calming box:

Students can keep items in a box that tend to always calm them down at home or school! Students can personalize it and reach for the box in times of distress. Click here for more information!

2. Make positive signs:

Have students make a sign for positive mental health. It can have anything positive like a drawing or a statement. Put up these signs in the classroom or at home. Use these signs as a reminder that mental health is important and that reaching for support is important as well!

3. Quiet time:

Let the students have time during the day to think about their mental health and how they would like for it to improve their mental health! This time can be treated as meditation or let the student draw or write a journal on how they feel during this time.

4. Show this video to students:

This video goes over what mental health is and how we can help each other when our mental health is struggling! Students can watch and then reflect on this video. Also, let the students talk about what they saw in the video.

5. Make a list:

Let the students come up with their ideas on how they can find support or feel better when they’re struggling with their mental health. This list can be put up in class and be used every time as a reminder of the things they can do. This might even make students feel more in control of their mental health knowing there are always things they can do about it.

External

Resources

1. Click here for tips from CMHA to reduce the anxiety/worry Covid-19 has caused. You can also check out CMHA’s BounceBack program for more help with mental health, click here!

2. Click this link to see another useful site with resources about mental health for students and adults!

3. Click this link to see mental health resources for schools recommended by CAMH! You can also check out this link for more information on mental illness facts and statistics.

4. To learn more about children's mental health: Click this link to see what the American Psychological Association has to say. Click this link to see what the CDC has to say.

5. To check out an insightful Ted Talk on mental health for schools, click here!

Self Reflection

For Students

1. Why do you think bringing mental health awareness is important?

2. How can you promote better mental health in your classroom?

3. How can you comfort someone that is struggling with a mental health disorder?

4. Why is it important to have good coping strategies when you are stressed?

5. What are some coping strategies you use when feeling stressed out or emotionally exhausted?

A Joke-a-day

Q. Why was the broom late to class?
A. It over-swept.

Q. Why are peppers such good archers?
A. Because they habanero.


Q. What gets wetter the more it dries?
A. A towel.

Q. What key is used to open bananas?
A. A mon-key.

Q. What did the sink tell the toilet?
A. You look flushed!

Next Week:

Expressing Gratitude - Canadian Thanksgiving, Monday 11th October

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
Literacy Day

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday September 30th, 2021

Hi there,

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ran from 2008 to 2015 and provided those directly or indirectly affected by the legacy of the Residential Schools policy with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has become the permanent archive for the statements, documents and other materials the Commission gathered, and its library and collections are the foundation for ongoing learning and research.

The Commission released its final report detailing 94 calls to action. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80, which called for a federal statutory day of commemoration.

Orange Shirt Day also takes place on the same day. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Residential Schools and remembers those who did not.

Orange Shirt Day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. Click here to learn more.

On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors. We believe it’s vitally important to amplify First Nation, Metis and Inuit voices, so are passing the mic, through interviews and activities as found in this digest.

Classroom Activities

And Resources

Keep an eye out for more videos in our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation playlist dropping through the week, with even more activities and features.

Interview With Kehew Buffalo

Prairie Chicken Dance featuring Kehew Buffalo

In these videos, we interviewed viral TikTok sensation (over 356k likes), Kehew Buffalo about what National Day for Truth and Reconciliation means to him, and he then took us though a traditional Prairie Chicken Dance. Check him out on his socials below:

Kehew Buffalo:

TikTok: @_kehew_
Instagram: @_kehew_

External Orange

Shirt Day Resources

1. Click here to see some resources and ideas and learn what Orange Shirt Day is all about.

2. Click here to learn about the history of residential schools in Canada.

3. Watch Canada's Dark History documentary to know more about residential schools. You can show this to Grade 8 students if you deem it appropriate.

4. Click here to see extra books you can read for Orange Shirt Day

5. Click here to see more information and books for K-3 students.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. Why does every child matter?

2. How do our differences make us special? How can we respect each other’s differences?

3. Why is it so important for us to know what National Day for Truth and Reconciliation stands for?

4. How can knowing what happened at residential schools help us make better decisions?

5. How can we make sure the future is a better and safe place for every child?

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With Your Community!

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

 

 
Literacy Day

International
Day Of Peace

September 21st, 2021

Hi there,

Welcome to our International Day Of Peace digest! This email includes fun activities for the classroom, extra resources for teachers and parents, and some reflection questions near the end.

The International Day of Peace has been celebrated on September 21st worldwide since 1981. Peace is when you do not have a problem with yourself or others.

Peace allows us all to be happier. The goal of this day is to focus on peace even though we have differences. Click here to learn more! 

You are at peace when you feel free and calm within yourself and with others. Through peace, we can get along better with one another. We need to take the time today to focus on peace. Being at peace can help one to clear their mind and focus on their goals and dreams.

When students learn to be at peace, it will be easier doing classroom tasks and working with other students. Today, let’s focus on peace and the importance of it!

Classroom Activities

And Resources

1. Art Express - PEACE:

Have your students create an art piece that shows 3 words that they feel describe peace. Then have the students present their art to the class. For an extra challenge (and lots of laughs), ask the students to act out one of the words without talking and have the class guess what the words are before revealing their creation!

2. X Movement Classroom Meditation Videos:

Have the students watch a meditation video - click here. After the meditation, ask the students to reflect on how meditation helped them feel calm and relaxed. In the end, allow the whole class to share how they felt!

3. Make a Peace Flag:

Get the students to make a flag that has peace-promoting drawings or statements on it. You can hang these flags up as a reminder to stay peaceful within yourself and with others!

4. Peace tree:

Make a tree trunk out of paper. Make leaf-shaped papers for each student. The students can write a statement about or draw images on the leaf-shaped papers and put it on the tree!

5. Breakout groups:

In groups, the students can think of as many ways as they can to show peace to others! The group with the longest list wins!

External Resources For

Teachers And Parents

1. To watch a 10-minute meditation video to be in a more peaceful state, click here.

2. To check out the benefits of meditation, click here.

3. To check out other ways to clear your mind and learn the benefits of clearing your mind, click here.

4. Click here to access some activities for students to complete on Peace Day.

5. Click here to learn 10 ways to spread peace and kindness to others.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. When are you the most at peace? Why?

2. Why is it important to think about peace and to spread peace?

3. How can your classroom become a more peaceful place today?

4. When you are stressed or anxious, how can you bring yourself to be peaceful?

5. How can being peaceful help you get along better with others?

Jokes

Q. How do all the oceans say hello to each other?
A. They wave!

Q. What has hands, but can’t clap?
A. A clock!

Q. Why can’t a person’s nose be 12 inches long?
A. Because then, it would be a foot!

Q. What do you call the horse that lives next door?
A. Your neigh-bour.

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With Your Community!

Make sure to share this email and these resources with staff and the wider community to encourage having more peace! We need peace within us to have a clear mind. Let’s spread peace today!

Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

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Literacy Day

Positive
Thinking Day

September 13th, 2021

Hi there,

Welcome to our Positive Thinking Day digest! This email includes fun activities for the classroom, extra resources for teachers and parents, and some reflection questions near the end.

Positive thinking is looking at the good over the bad in a situation, and aiming for good results. Positive thinking will make us happier and allow us to do things without worrying. Positive Thinking Day has been celebrated every year on September 13th since 2003. The goal of this day is to encourage people to apply a positive attitude towards their life by focusing on more positive thoughts. Click this link to learn more.

Positive thinking means you are aware of the challenges and obstacles you face in life and you choose to find a positive way to approach them! To accomplish this, you need to be aware of your inner voice. Is your inner voice building you up or tearing you down? To have more positive thoughts, you need to set your mind on the thoughts that serve you by building you up.

Being more solution-focused over problem-focused can also help shift your thinking. Being solution-focused can allow you to make your situation better rather than focusing on what you don’t have. Positive thinking helps you have a healthier body and mind. We need to think positively because it changes one’s inner voice from I can’t to I can! Positive thinking can help us do better on tasks than if we were to focus on the negative! Today, reflect on your inner voice and focus on how you can think more positively.

Classroom Activities

And Resources

1. XM Classroom:

Use X Movement’s fitness videos for the class! It’s a great way to energize students. Students will feel more positive because their body would release endorphins! This is a great way to start off the day and get the students in a more positive state. Click here to view some of these videos.

2. Positive affirmation list:

Ask students to make a list of positive things they will tell themselves when they feel they cannot do something or are anxious!

3. Class positive thinking game:

Have the class play a game where they have to throw a ball around or you can randomly select students to quickly say something positive! You can even have a certain amount of time that the students must respond within. Once students answer, they must select another student that has not gone to say something positive.

4. Write or draw positive events!

Students can write about or draw all the positive things that happened to them in the last month or so. This can help them reflect on the positivity in their life and remind them of what they’re thankful for! Students can also share this with the class.

5. Breakout groups:

Group students together and let them come up with a list of ways to be more positive! This way, students can autonomously come up with their ways to have positive thinking. The group with the most answers wins!

External Resources For

Teachers And Parents

1. When someone focuses on the negative too much, they tend to have cognitive distortions of their reality
Click this link to learn more about cognitive distortions and how to fix them.

2. Click here to watch a TED Talk on:
Training your mind to focus on the positive over the negative!

3. To learn how to think more positively and about the benefits, check out:

4. Check out how positive thinking increases productivity!
Click here.

Self Reflection

For Students

1. Why is it important to think positively?

2. How can positive thinking change your life?

3. How can you help change your inner voice to get tasks in class done? How can your inner voice go from 'I can’t' to 'I can'?

4. In what ways can you make the classroom a more positive space for other students?

5. What are some positive things you can tell yourself when you feel down?

Jokes

Q. What did one wall say to the other?
A. I'll meet you at the corner.

Q. What has four wheels and flies?
A. A garbage truck!

Q. Why did the scarecrow win a Nobel Prize?
A. They were outstanding in their field!

Q. Why are elevator jokes so good?
A. They work on so many levels!

Q. What did the duck say after buying a chapstick?
A. Put in on my bill.

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Cheers for now,

- The X Movement Team

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Celebrating

Pride Month

Throughout June 2021

Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement.


The last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the world, the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.


Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. 


Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.


The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

   

Improving inclusion in

the classroom and home

1. Reflect on yourself


We all develop values, beliefs, and attitudes throughout our lives. Be aware of your own personal biases. Understand where your ideas about 2SLGBTQ+ people come from.


2. Speak up


Stereotypical comments can lead to discrimination towards 2SLGBTQ+ people. Do your part to combat gender and sexual stereotypes. Make it known that homophobic and transphobic jokes and teasing are offensive and unacceptable.


3. Use inclusive language


Language has the power to validate and acknowledge identities, but also to deny them. Respect the language people use when speaking of themselves and of their relationships (i.e. “husband”/”spouse”/”partner”/etc.) If unsure, always use inclusive and gender-neutral language (without assuming gender or sexual orientation).


4. Ask for pronouns


Gender can be very important to a person’s sense of self. “Misgendering” (incorrectly gendering) someone can cause them to feel disrespected and alienated. Always ask for pronouns to prevent emotional distress and to set an example of respect. Do not assume you know someone’s gender by how they look or sound. When asking someone for their pronouns, it can help if you share your own.


5. Respect self-identification


Gender identity can be deeply personal; it is not something to be questioned nor is it up for discussion. Respect the terminology a person uses to describe their identity.


6. Being an “ally” is about our actions


“Ally” isn’t just a name we call ourselves; it’s about our actions and how we show up for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Be there to support 2SLGBTQ+ communities when celebrating their success, as well as during vulnerable times.

   

Free Teaching

Resources

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Timeline of 2SLGBTQ+ rights in Canadian Education:


https://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/LGBTQ/Documents/EducationTimelineBooklet.pdf


The Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity has a number of amazing teaching resources:


https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/resources/#teaching-resources


Cartoon Network recognizing amazing youth and families in the LGBTQIA+ community and the ways they express themselves through self-expression:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd4X9X10I2o&ab_channel=CartoonNetwork


Click here for a great YouTube video that explains the History of Pride for Kids:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDJIbkSW08U

   

Reflection

Questions

1. What is Pride Month and why is it important?


2. Why is it important to create a safe and inclusive environment?

3. What are some ways you can help someone feel like they belong?

4. What is a family? What are some different types of families?

5. What does the word respect mean? What does it look like to show someone respect?

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National Health

& Fitness Day

Saturday June 5th, 2021

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Physical activity can be a powerful tool for Canadians as we cope with COVID fatigue. We know many people have found it challenging to keep active with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its impact on our mental health.


National Health and Fitness Day is a time to celebrate the benefits of activity and share the ways we can move, feel good and share the joy of the great outdoors! Let's get up and get moving. Show us your moves Canada!


The National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, became law in December 2014. Canada is facing an inactivity crisis. Daily physical activity is on the decline and preventable illness is on the rise. It's time to get up, get out, and get active!


National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to challenge Canada to become the Fittest Nation on Earth, starting with making one day, the first Saturday in June, the day when Canadians get active in any way they wish.​

   

Free Resources

To help the celebrations, X Movement has created a free playlist of activities that you can all do virtually together while remote learning (even to complete outside in the beautiful June weather!), to promote Health and Fitness.

   

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We hope you had a well deserved break last week! We're here to help with the challenges that remote learning may bring over the next few weeks.


The end of April is jam-packed, with Earth Day and International Dance Day taking place over the coming weeks. Be sure to keep reading for resources related to those days.


Don't forget, X Movement’s live virtual programs are filling up fast and we only have limited spots available for the remainder of the school year. Get in touch with us to find out how it all works!

Earth Day

2021

Earth Day 2021 is this Thursday April 22nd. We've complied this free playlist of activities related to the Earth, to help start a conversation about the day with your children.

International Dance Day

International Dance Day is next Thursday, April 29th. Participate in style by following along with our free dance playlist to celebrate the day!

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World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for 2021 is "Building a fairer, healthier world".


The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. For this year, WHO notes that COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.

All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death, states WHO, and it harms our societies and economies.


Read more about World Health Day 2021 on the WHO website here.

Need some ideas for activities? Try these!

Practice Mindful Meditation
Promoting world health isn’t just about diet and exercise, it’s about promoting mental health as well. In these trying times, students may be feeling anxious because their normal everyday routine has been uprooted. To help combat some of that anxiety, students can practice mindful meditation.

Promote Healthy Eating
Just as cars need fuel to run properly, our bodies need healthy food to function at their best. It’s important that students learn how nutrition affects their health and how eating the proper foods can not only make them feel better but keep them healthy. This video here gives some great inspiration for thinking about your own healthy meals

Dance, Dance, Dance!
Most kids love to dance, and there's something about music that lightens the day. Have your children create playlists and crank up that music. You can even create dance routines together! If you're looking for some inspiration for a routine, you can follow this dance!

Hand-washing Song
Hand-washing is a super important topic to regularly cover and remind everyone of (not just children!), especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. This song to the tune of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is another fun one to add to your repertoire

Thank a frontline worker
As a class, put together a letter or cards thanking a frontline worker. You could also share these messages virtually with posts on a classroom or school Twitter account!


Free resources on

X Movement Classroom:

World Health Day 2021 Playlist

Our free playlist on X Movement Classroom has videos that cover a wide range of topics on health, whether it be from Nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity and fitness, as a way to introduce the idea to children that health is wholistic, and not just attributed to physical health.

Calming Focus Flow

Ocean & Emotions Meditation

Nutrition: Simple Salad

Cardio Workout (Advanced)

Reflection Questions


1. What does the term 'health' mean to you?


2. What are some things you could do as an individual, or as a class, to help build a fairer and healthier world?


3. Why do you think it is important to have a wholistic approach to health?


4. What are some conditions people might have no control of, that could effect their physical health?


5. What's one small habit or behaviour you could change to positively impact your own mental health?

Jokes to share:

Q: Why did the banana go to the doctor?
A: Because it wasn’t peeling well.

Q. How did the centipede run up a million-dollar doctor bill?
A. They sprained their ankle.

Q. What is the difference between a bus driver and a cold?
A. One knows the stops, the other stops the nose.

Q. Why is an eye doctor like a teacher?
A. They both test the pupils.

Don't forget to share with your community!


We know you'll get some great use out of these free resources, so be sure to share them with your school community, colleagues, family and friends! 


If you're not on the X Movement Classroom digital platform and you'd like more information about how X Movement's offerings would work for your school community, get in touch with us below.


Cheers,

The X Movement Team

     
 

 

International Women's Day 2021

This Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress made and raise awareness of the work that needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women and girls for future generations.


International Women’s Day had its first celebration in 1911 and has since been celebrated each year for over a century. The goal? To recognize incredible women, their achievements, and their futures!

This year's theme is “Choose to Challenge”, which challenges us to think of plans and actions that actively fight gender inequality! 

This International Women's Day, let's think of ways to actively engage our students and prompt them to think about the importance of gender equality and ways we can work to achieve this in everyday life.

Click here to view a discussion starting video following the 2021 “Choose To Challenge” theme. For a “classic” TEDx talk from 2013 by the brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled, “We should all be Feminists” click here.

We have a series of free videos available FREE for all school communities this weekled by our female-identifying Energizers, so be sure to share this email with your teachers, families, friends and school community!

Classroom Resources and Activities:

Need some ideas for classroom activities? Try these!

Discuss with students the history of International Women’s Day and the purpose for celebrating such a special day.

Have students make posters to display on International Women’s Day.

Use these activity cards to prompt your students to actively think and engage!

Share this fact sheet to supplement their learning!

Click here for an IWD kid-friendly informational youtube video that covers gender equality through history.

For a complete list of amazing classroom resources, click HERE.

Free Resources on X Movement Classroom:

Female Lead Activities:

Strong female leads can help empower women and girls, as well as create mentors and positive role models. We’ve put together a FREE playlist of videos on our X Movement Classroom online platform led by our female-identifying Energizers to help engage students, spark a conversation and lead activities while you celebrate International Women’s Day 2021!

Cardio Workout (Advanced)

Walking On Sunshine Dance

Self-Regulation Balance Flow

Funky Energizing Dance

Reflection Questions


1. How often do you bring up gender equality in your curriculum?


2. Is there a role you can play in International Women's day this year?


3. Why is it important that we live in a balanced world?


4. What are some stereotypes some people may have about women? Why is this not good/healthy?


5. Do you think that women are underrepresented in any aspects of modern Canadian life?


6. Can you think of any professions in which women outnumber men? Why do you think that this is the case?

Jokes to share in your classroom:

What has ears but cannot hear?
A cornfield.

Why did the student eat his homework?
Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

How does a vampire start a letter?
Tomb it may concern…

What do you call a duck that gets all A’s?
A wise quacker.

Don't forget to share with your community!


We know you'll get some great use out of these free resources. If you're not on the X Movement Classroom digital platform, and you'd like more information about how X Movement's offerings would work for your school community, get in touch with us below.


Stay safe and warm!

Cheers,

The X Movement Team