What's it all about?
- Calm Bootcamp
- Emotional & Mental Health Fitness
- Eatwise Nutrition
- Food for Thought Nutrition
- Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Prevention
- Bullying Prevention: Cultivating Friendship and Inclusion
- Bonus Introductory module on Restorative Practice (an invaluable tool for conflict resolution and restoring relationships)
Our online course content is presented in video format – click, play and listen – no scrolling through text heavy slides or documents. Our System is user friendly and can be accessed on mobile devices. Bring your learning to life in your school, home, commute: Real life – Real issues – Your way. All of our courses offer personal development opportunities for the participant as well as professional development to bring to your school.
Each course consists of 10 core hours of engaging content. An additional 10+ hours of resource content in an easily downloadable format is yours to take away. Our practical, implementable resources consist of online further reading web links, apps, videos, music, art, posters, displays, lesson plans, games, classroom/personal tools, school self evaluation tools and book lists. Resources are suitable for school or home, as well as for sharing with parents.
Why learn with us?
To inform and encourage reflection for your school:
- Active School Flag, Mental Health Flag/Amber Flag, Green Schools, Healthy Eating Policy, School Code of Behaviour, Acceptable Use Policy (ICT), Anti-Bullying Policy
To support and inform:
- Emotional and Physical Wellbeing and Self Care for school staff and children.
- The SPHE curriculum and provide ideas for use throughout the entire school curriculum.
- School Self Evaluation – school wide approach to each topic with links to the wider community.
- Roles and Committees such as : Health Promoting Role in Health Promoting School, ICT Coordinator, Support Teacher, SEN Team, SPHE Coordinator, Green Schools Committee, Care Team, After School Clubs and more.
Why not use your learning or resources for Croke Park hours?
‘This course has been a thoroughly enjoyable course. It is so user-friendly and interesting that it doesn’t feel like work at all’ – Sinead
Full Course Information
Calm Bootcamp aims to give an understanding of the importance of recognising and managing stress in positive and healthy ways, for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of children. The importance of a relaxing, calm and kind classroom environment will be explored and practical strategies to achieve this will be provided.
This course will also provide you with a range of coping skills and tools which can be used personally and can be implemented in a whole class setting. The skills learned in this course complement the SPHE curriculum and enable children to learn about their emotional states through engaging with the content in an interactive and immersive manner. You will be provided with activities and exercises which help children increase their bodily awareness, which will empower them to emotionally regulate in order to ensure a more relaxed, calm and kind classroom environment. ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Kindfulness’ strategies will be introduced for implementation in your own life and in the classroom. The importance of nutrition, exercise and other positive strategies will be discussed and provided to ensure the sustenance of kind, calm and well beings in the classroom and beyond. Overall Course Aims:
- To identify ways of managing stress as well as recognising and implementing coping skills to alleviate stress.
- To empower children to take responsibility for their mental and emotional well-being; to increase awareness of their internal states, to regulate their own emotions and to use appropriate coping tools to reduce anxiety and stress.
- To equip children with proprioceptive activities, mindful movement and breathing exercises to build up their ‘Well-Being Well’.
- To promote ‘Kindfulness’ (becoming more mindfully kind) and practice self-compassion with a view to improving personal and class well-being.
- Learn how to implement Cognitive Behaviour Techniques in the classroom and everyday life. Develop insights into reframing negative thoughts to positive thoughts using Cognitive Behaviour Techniques.
- To recognise and foster the importance of a calm, positive and relaxed learning & work environment.
- To equip teachers to integrate drama, literacy, PE, Circle Time and ICT to reduce anxiety and promote calming tools.
- To use the skills learned to complement the SPHE curriculum and provide ideas for use throughout the curriculum. Learning will also inform School Self Evaluation and encourage a school wide approach with inks/resources to share with parents and the wider community.
- Learning will inform School Self Evaluation specifically in the areas of bullying prevention, child protection as well as ensuring the emotional and mental wellbeing of students, teaching staff and all staff working in the school environment. Experiential learning from this course will also positively enhance the Code of Behaviour in the school.
- To introduce Goal Setting and Time Management techniques to children and improve on personal practice.
- To create an awareness of the importance of nutrition and physical exercise for well-being, stress and anxiety management.
Module Learning Outcomes: Module 1 – Stress & Anxiety
- Recognising stress & anxiety in our lives (define stress, identify stress / anxieties)
- How you react to stress (understanding current reactive behaviours, understanding stress and anxieties in your life, understanding effects of stress and anxiety on body, mind etc., neuroscience of stress on brain and nervous system)
- Identifying and recognising to cope with or prevent stress and therefore lesson negative/harmful effects of stress
- Relaxation Strategies
- Reframing thoughts about stress & anxiety using CBT
Module 2 – Body Awareness & Introduction to Mindfulness
- Aim: get out of head and into body. Tune into body in order to increase body awareness and connection with body
- Mindfulness: Come to Your Senses
- Introduction to other relaxation strategies: Body Scan, PMR (progressive muscular relaxation), Mindful Movement (proprioceptive & neuromuscular movements)
- Relaxation Strategies
- Attitude of Gratitude
Module 3 – Mindfulness, Movement & Meditation
- More mindful movement – yoga exercises, stretches, movements to help with energy levels in body and help to tune into feedback /messages the body is sending
- Beginning to notice busyness of the mind and perhaps beginning to recognise ‘Inner Critic’
- Mindfulness – Breathing
- Meditation: Loving Kindness meditation
- Kindfulness and Self-Compassion
Module 4 – Kindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Recognising importance of ‘Kindfulness’
- Practicing ‘Kindfulness’on regular basis
- Using tools of self-compassion to recognise own levels of stress, as well as inner critic/negative thoughts
- Coping Skills / CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy: changing negative thoughts to more positive thoughts)
- Appreciate that all others – including children – have their own worries, anxieties and stresses
- Recognise that a calm, positive and relaxed environment is necessary for teacher and children/class to succeed
- Kindfulness in the Classroom!
Module 5 – Get Ready, GO!
- Kindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Goal Setting & Time Management
- Work-Stress Management
- Nutrition & Stress
- Kindfulness: self-compassion, recognising Inner Critic, visualise/focus on goal
- Reminders / Helpful Hints to keep you on track (& Getting Unstuck)
‘I would highly recommend this course to all teachers. The content is excellent: lots of very engaging activities and ideas for the classroom which are also very practical. The list of resources is invaluable and I will be dipping into these throughout the year’. Teresa ‘This was a truly fantastic course. It was full of inspiring, practical, applicable resources and ideas that could be used with any age group. It gave so many different ways to inspire students to take care of themselves and realise the importance of their own well-being. It was so accessible and easy to navigate, understand and apply. The BEST course I have ever completed’. Jean ‘I found this course engaging from the outset. I learnt so much for use in educating at school but also to help me in my own personal development. This course simplifies the techniques that help in achieving a more balanced, in control, calm, positive and confident person’. Stephanie
Emotional & Mental Health Fitness for Well-being in the Classroom
- Why is it important?
- Why start at a young age?
- Importance and relevance of teacher’s role in good mental health development.
- Building resilience
- Difference for boys and girls
- Identify the qualities of a mentally fit person
- Practical application in the classroom
Module 2 Feelings – Introduction to Feelings
- Building knowledge of range of emotions & how they interact
- Mental well-being versus mental problems or issues
- Learn why it is important to be able to name feelings
- Stress: How to recognise it, its effect on us and how to deal with it
Module 3 Communication
- Good clear communication
- Understanding passive, aggressive and assertive communication styles.
- Learning good communication skills
- Challenges to being assertive
- Managing anger (personally and in the classroom)
- Learn how to stay calm
Module 4 – Coping Skills
- Positive and negative self-talk
- Using creativity to manage and express emotions
- Physical fitness to help mental fitness
- How to cope well with teasing and bullying
- Strategies to cope with cyber bullying
- Support networks
- Building a personal toolbox – music, writing, art, friends, family, games, etc.
Module 5 Mindfulness & Conclusion
- Why mindfulness? Introduction to its benefits and relevance to everyday life
- Learn mindfulness skills to teach and use in the classroom
- Accumulating positive experiences in the long term
- Knowing when to get help and where to go. Recap and conclude
‘The Mental Health Fitness course has been one of the most enjoyable and useful courses I have completed. It recognises and addresses the importance of mental health for both children and educators alike. The course provides teachers with a wealth of extra reading material and resources to help make our classrooms a safe place for children to encounter a wide range of emotions and practice strategies for dealing with the emotions that life throws up on a daily basis‘. Colette ‘The course was so worthwhile and so beneficial to me as a teacher and as a parent . It engaged me straight away and held my attention from the start. I felt that it was very well thought out and delivered and I didn’t feel like I was doing a course at all but rather that I was gaining so much personally‘. Deirdre ‘This was the best CPD course I have done to date. The information was so practical and beneficial to the whole school community. Sometimes the welfare of teachers is left to the side but this course keeps referring back to the health of the individual person too and I loved that‘. Sarah
Overall Course Aims:
Discover the simple facts of how a good, balanced diet can benefit and enhance both the teacher’s life and that of the children. Learn how to integrate healthy eating information into SPHE lessons. The course will provide engaging and creative ways to demonstrate and understand nutrition. Explore how to give children the opportunity to learn how they can make their own choices in nutrition, boosting their energy, concentration, growth, development and mood. Research indicates that children’s’ nutrition has deteriorated dramatically in one generation; a key aim is to rebalance that decline starting in school. Module Learning Outcomes: Module 1
- Understand the main food groups needed for optimal child growth and development
- Practical guides for individual portion control
- Understand a balanced diet that incorporates variety and the effect of hydration on well-being and behaviour
- Examples of good hydration methods to apply to the classroom
- Demonstrate simple healthy meal plate
- Know the difference between products and produce
- Why the 5 a day rule applies
- Explore the ‘eat a rainbow’ concept
- Understand and demonstrate food pyramids and what should be on a balanced plate of food
- Learn to efficiently read and interpret a food label and bring this skill to a child’s level
- Identify the main conditions that children are diagnosed with and how they relate to learning abilities
- Identify the effects of particular foods
- Knowledge and understanding of special diets
- Understanding and identification of inflammatory foods and their attributes
- Good mood food, how food relates to energy and concentration and how to make healthy food swaps
- Learn about mindful eating and how to bring it to the classroom
- Identify what influences food choices
- Nutritionally assess food choices found in the classroom in an inclusive and supportive way. Understanding of branding terminology e.g. low fat, sugar-free
- Debunking myths about healthy eating
- Demonstration of affordable healthy food options, simple recipes, tasty food
- Teach a range of ways to involve the class in their food choices
- Simple games to demonstrate a healthy food plate/lunchbox
- Practical, interactive methods to understand the food groups
- Ways children can work in groups to make healthy choices
- Guide to assess the individual needs of a class and involve children that might have an issue with food
‘This course is invaluable and is sure to help children in every area of the curriculum‘. Aine ‘A fantastic course. It has really benefitted me and without a doubt my students. I would highly recommend this course‘. Eimear ‘Excellent course on teaching nutrtion to children. Really well thought out and delivered. Great resources provided for teaching lessons in the classroom’. Sinead
Food for Thought
- Create opportunities to help participants and children recognise how food choices affect concentration and behaviour
- Top 10 foods that boost concentration
- Top 10 foods that hinder concentration
- Demonstration charts for the classroom
- Knowledge of the main medical conditions that affect concentration – Autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia
- Explore and teach impact of good and bad food choices
- Strategies for encouraging new food choices with anxious children
- Understand how external stimuli e.g. chemicals, smells can impact behaviour
- Classroom tools
- Knowledge of nutrition for children with atopic conditions – asthma, eczema, psoriasis and allergies
- Understand connection with digestive health
- Explore and teach impact of good and bad food choices
- Understand connection with poor concentration
- Classroom tools
- Understanding Coeliac disease and how it affects memory, concentration, and growth
- Best diet practices, fresh foods versus gluten free products
- Understanding the adverse effects of too many gluten free products
- Understanding of need for a colourful diet
- Interactive and simple ways to implement learning into the classroom
- Nutrition and brain development in school children
- How can better nutrition lead to improved academic success in the class?
- Best nutrients for the brain and what foods you will find them in
- Food versus supplements. Which is better? Which is easier?
- Becoming aware of the connection between sleep, stress and brain function
- Understanding foods for developmental stages of a child’s brain
- Interactive ways to introduce brain food to the classroom
‘This was a very well structured, informative course. It has given me the knowledge and resources to be able to educate my class in on the importance of healthy food for the brain’. Mary ‘An extremely interesting and informative course, both for the classroom as well as home-life too. This course is really well presented and full of brilliant ideas and resources to use with your class’. I would highly recommend this course. Lucy
Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Prevention
- Understand why online safety for children is important
- Identify resources to raise awareness about maintaining a safe online presence
- Discuss key facts, statistics and research about children’s use of the internet and related technologies
- Appreciate the benefits and risks associated with the internet and other technologies
- Acquire practical tips to keep safe online for both professional and personal use
Module 2 – Using Social Media and Search Engines Safely
- Appreciate potential risks associated with the use of social media
- Scaffold children’s understanding of their digital footprint
- Assist children to make informed decisions about sharing information online
- Confidently support children in staying safe from online dangers
Module 3 – Cyberbullying and Cyberharassment
- Define cyberbullying and cyberharassment
- Identify typical manifestations of cyberbullying and cyberharassment
- Understand the profile of potential targets
- Empower children and support parents/guardians by advising on best practice guidelines
Module 4 – Selecting appropriate resources to deliver meaningful learning
- Select resources that will help children to acquire the skills, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours that will help them to act in a safe and responsible manner when using digital technologies.
- Utilise web-based resources to stimulate interest in the learning process and to support teacher productivity.
- Implement and raise awareness of the school’s AUP, Anti-bullying and Code of Behaviour policies.
Module 5 – School-wide awareness raising initiatives
- Understand how to raise awareness about internet safety and cyberbullying
- Develop a shared understanding of key teaching points, prevention measures and how to respond to incidents which may arise
- Apply a five step process to the initiative
- Appreciate the areas that complement anti-bullying awareness raising measures
- Harness input from the wider community
- Use the module content to inform School Self Evaluation
‘The modules on this course, Internet Safety and Cyberbullying, were very informative with a lot of detail. I would highly recommend it to all teachers. I think many parents would also find it beneficial should it be made available to them’. Cristín ‘A fascinating course, which grabbed my attention from the get-go and had me pondering how to improve online safety in school (and at home) and how to prevent cyberbullying and deal with incidents effectively and to the benefit of the victims and the perpetrators’. Fiona
Bullying Prevention: Cultivating Friendship and Inclusion in School
- Know the DES definition of bullying
- Identify different types of bullying
- Recognise the prevalence of bullying in Irish schools
- Name locations where bullying commonly occurs
- Recognise common traits of victims and bullies
- Discuss the effects of bullying – victim, bully, bystander
- Understand factors that may contribute to bullying
- Determine possible indicators that someone is being bullied
- Know teacher roles and responsibilities
- Access resources to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of bullying
Module 2 – Prevention and Intervention
- Recall reasons why targets do not report bullying
- Recognise the advantages of the school-wide approach
- Appreciate the need to teach about Cyberbullying and homophobic bullying
- Identify strategies for raising awareness about bullying
- Employ appropriate prevention and early intervention measures
Module 3 – Promoting respectful relationships
- Understand what a friendly and inclusive classroom looks like and how it can prevent bullying behaviours
- Recognise the teacher’s role in modelling respect
- Develop an appreciation of the importance of fostering positive relationships with parents/guardians
- Employ appropriate strategies to promote positive teacher-children and peer to peer relationships
- Support children to develop their self awareness and emotional literacy
- Understand the need to establish a respect for difference in their class
Module 4 – Cultivating a friendly and inclusive classroom
- Appreciate why it is important to actively cultivate a friendly and inclusive learning environment
- Scaffold the development of supportive peer to peer relationships
- Embed friendship and inclusion in classroom practice through the use of age appropriate drama activities, songs, stories and poems
- Employ cooperative learning strategies to foster positive interactions and expand friendships
- Encourage class to identify personal strengths and those of others, fostering good self-esteem
- Teach age appropriate cooperative games to promote friendship and inclusion on the yard
- Consider how the school community might support children by implementing a range of strategies that foster positive interactions on the yard
Module 5 – Teaching empathy and resilience
- Define empathy
- Select appropriate exercises to embed empathy in their classroom practice
- Understand how Restorative Practice can help children to self-regulate and take responsibility for their actions
- Communicate an appreciation of diversity
- Highlight the importance of standing up for what is right
- Scaffold learning about apologising and forgiveness
- Promote kindness in their classrooms
- Share useful tips for teaching empathy with parents and guardians
- Recapitulation and consolidation of the course material
‘I found this course to be an excellent, thought provoking tool for preventing bullying in the classroom. It was full of practical advice and strategies for use in this area. I’d highly recommend it to my colleagues’. Olivia ‘A fabulous course that addresses the ever growing problem of bullying in its many forms. It uses a positive approach that can be adapted for any class situation. Plenty of very useable resources for the school year’. Tereasa
Restorative Practice (Free module with every course)
What people are saying
Course Author - Eatwise and Food for ThoughtCarina is a naturopath, herbalist, nutritional therapist, iridologist, reflexologist, reiki practitioner and qualified nurse. Having experienced health problems herself, Carina’s goal is to show as many people as is possible that they can take control of their health and nutrition with a little guidance. Carina runs a holistic clinic in Mayo. She also holds workshops and is currently writing a series of books on nutrition for children.
Course Author - Emotional & Mental Health FitnessJannah is a fully trained and qualified psychotherapist. Janna’s primary degree is in psychology from Middlesex University in London. She then made the move into counselling, completing a graduate certificate course in person-centred counselling from Thames Valley University in London. Shortly after making the move back to Ireland she completed a postgraduate course in psychotherapy in The Tivoli Institute. She is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jannah is a practicing psychotherapist. She also writes for various publications and runs courses and workshops .
Course Author - Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Prevention, Bullying Prevention: Cultivating Friendship and Inclusion in SchoolMarie O’Sullivan is a qualified IT trainer, primary school teacher, and counsellor. She also has a degree in Business and Languages. She has trained corporate and CE scheme clients on a wide range of software packages. Marie has previously co-facilitated an IT Summer CPD course at DWEC. She has integrated her extensive knowledge, experience, and skills into practical courses aimed at supporting teachers to prevent bullying and to empower the children in their care. Marie is passionate about listening to children and validating their experiences. She believes that every child has the potential to thrive and achieve when they feel psychologically safe. Marie is an advocate of the school-wide approach and the synergy which emerges when staff, parents/guardians and children collaborate.
Course Author - Calm BoothcampCiara has worked as a Primary School Teacher for 12 years and has experience of teaching a variety of classes. In recent years Ciara has worked primarily in a Learning Support/Resource capacity. Her qualifications in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as Play Therapy have made her better equipped to work with children experiencing a variety of emotional, mental and behavioural difficulties. Ciara is also trained as as a Sensory and Proprioceptive activities facilitator and a Mindfulness Practitioner. She has an avid interest in yoga and mindful movement as a means of reducing anxiety and stress and increasing self-care and cultivating positive self-image.
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