Making the Umbrella Project Work in Trying Times
While the school boards in Ontario continue to have conversations with the Ministry of Education, we are seeing some union groups take action by limiting what teachers will be participating in. We know it can be a stressful time for all. These are exactly the times that the umbrella skills help us to cope and should not be neglected.
With the pending job action and sanctions put on activity within schools, we want to stress once again how the Umbrella Project need not be an extra but can directly help with the delivery of curriculum expectations in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Religion, and most recently in the Social-Emotional Learning expectations of the New Health and Physed Curriculum.
This would be a good time for you, as the Umbrella Project lead, to touch base with your teachers/staff to remind them of the great work they are doing with the Umbrella Project and to continue teaching about these awesome skills that students will need to further strengthen their umbrellas.
It’s also a great time to remind your staff that self-care and their own umbrella practices are most important during this time. Here are some mindfulness tips that can be shared with your staff.
Mindfulness Tip #1: Review your schedule daily with the lens of mindfulness
For happier and more fulfilling days, review your daily schedule with a lens of mindfulness and focused attention. Take 5 minutes at the end of each day or the beginning of the week to review your upcoming schedule. Is there anything you can do or change to create space for undivided attention with the people you care about? For your job? Is there anything you can change about the set up of your home or work to protect your attention? How many tasks are you expecting yourself to get done in one small block of time?
Mindfulness Tip #2: Take 10 deep breaths between your jobs
Most people wear many hats in a day and this strategy helps you to reset between all the tasks of the day. Instead of running from job to job, stop and take 5 or 10 deep breaths before each new task.
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