Featured Well-being Feb 9

Bringing joy to your school community this winter

February is upon us and in most of the country that means snow, cold, and gray gloomy days – or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and live somewhere warm year-round? If not, you’re likely looking for ways to spark joy, find inspiration, and drum up excitement during the long winter months. Here are 4 ways to beat the winter blues in your classroom:

  1. Embrace it! Find cold weather and snow activities to engage your students in. Ask them what their favorite winter activities are, how they like their hot chocolate, or their favorite part of winter. Express care and interest by sharing yours, too. Check out this movement activity that uses music breaks to get energized and focused.
  2. Get outdoors. There is no bad weather. Try incorporating a nature notebook into your science lesson, take work outside, or go on a field trip. A breath of fresh air can invigorate and energize lessons. Here are a few reflection questions in Along that will help you check in with students:
    • How would you describe your energy level right now? Why do you think you feel this way?
    • What activities energize you?
    • What are ways you enjoy being active?
  3. Brighten up your classroom and invite spring in earlier. Ask students what ideas they have to display color and warmth. Just because it’s gray outside doesn’t mean it has to be gray inside. 
  4. If you’re a school leader, plan some fun for the whole school! Designate a pajama day or celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17) or Mardi Gras (Feb. 25). 

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

-Hal Borland

Whatever joy you find this February, we’re here to help you keep those connections with students going. Look for one of our classroom activities or resources to help you out of a winter rut. And remember, spring is around the corner!

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