Sometimes (like now) the world can feel upside-down. You think it’s hard for you as a teacher but we all know it can be far more challenging for our students.
This blog post offers ways of helping children engage in creative activities to help relieve stress constructively, open up and have frank conversations about how they’re doing.
Other related posts and offerings:
- How do we know if distance learning is working? Could data be the answer?
- Free Wellness surveys that produce data visualizations for whole school reflection (coming soon)
There are two tiers offered in terms of activities to enable creativity for stress relief and checking in on student well being here:
- Interactive Kahoot games for starting conversations as educators
- Tied to the possibility of turning it over to student creation
- A far more creative approach having students create simple vector graphics with either Apple’s Keynote or Google Drawings
- Offering a a fun, creative diversion to help break down resistance to honest discussion and getting past the, “I’m fine,” response by wading in and engaging in a non-threatening project
This video explains what the platform is and this link is a pre made Simple Wellness & Health Check Kahoot that is ready to go.
Creativity “Bubbles” Course
This is made to enable conversations while simultaneously offering children the opportunity to channel their energies into a creative outlet that opens up conversations with caregivers.
It is an easy course to follow and absolutely free for all. I have been sharing out tutorials forever on how to leverage keynote for vector graphics creation and digital story telling on my Digital Creativity Club YouTube channel here.
There will be a video placed here as an introduction to this creative project soon. Eventually (sooner than later I hope), there will also be a link to a free course you can use at your school.