The COVID-19 global pandemic heightened issues around mental health as adolescents found themselves anxious and isolated from their peers and other systems of support. Educators today are increasingly aware that their impact extends beyond the classroom, and they know that teaching with a whole-child approach is critical if they want their students to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
The Teaching About Body Positivity and Nutrition Middle School guide provides information, suggestions, and books with relatable characters who work toward living a healthy life and loving the person they see in the mirror. Teachers can choose one or any combination of books and strategies to use with whole-class instruction, literature circles, or independent reading as they work to build an environment where students see themselves and their classmates in their best, unfiltered light.
The Building Teacher Knowledge Around Mental Health and Addiction High School guide offers books to help build teacher knowledge around the topics of mental health and addiction, as well as provide opportunities for students to engage, reflect, and connect. These texts are excellent choices for teacher book circles, where educators can connect the research and stories to their own students and classrooms. Teachers can choose to read one or a combination of texts in this set and can apply any number of the activities in their book circles and classrooms. The goal is to recognize the impacts of addiction on our students and our schools, and to promote a classroom culture where students feel safe, supported, and understood.
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