Storytelling and Tools for Life are a natural fit. What better way to illustrate social emotional learning than by the sharing of stories? Folktales, poetry, songs, and chants are all part of the storytelling world.

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How often have you heard, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”? Every child is a unique individual; they are not one size fits all, and we cannot connect with them in that manner.  For the most part, teachers with high-quality relationships are aware of student needs, exhibit appropriate levels of guidance and cooperation and have fewer discipline problems. 

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Check out this great cart for after class use. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.

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Check out how schools and centers are displaying the Tools and Posters. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.

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Check out these lesson ideas from Rose Wright. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.

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Check out these creative and inviting spaces that our schools and centers have created to help children calm down. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.

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Many schools will be using Zoom for the coming school year to connect with students online.

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By way of introduction, I am Mrs. Patricia Amos, Director of Education Emeritus for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, in Hamilton, Ontario. During my tenure, the Board at that time consisted of 56 schools, with an enrollment of about 28,500 students. 

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My name is Flora Nordoff and I am the Principal of the largest Elementary School in the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board with a population for 1,159 students from JK to Grade 8. 

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Put Up wall displays by educators and students of all ages, Kindergarten through Grade 8. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.

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As a Grade 8 teacher, I often reflect back on how I became a troubled student (trying to cope with the death of my mother), and I now relate very well to some of the struggles that my students face on a daily basis.

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Over the past few months, the children at our Centre have engaged in a continued interest of the well-known story titled, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This interest has extended into multiple areas of our classroom environment and provided us with opportunities to support the individual emerging skills of each child during their learning play process.

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As I reflect on the impact that Tools for Life has offered me and our staff at Galloway Elementary School, I am confident in saying that it has provided our children with an effective resource to use when facing any challenge that transcends any age group. 

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Tools for Life is part of our Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy at Wellington Catholic District School Board, in Guelph Ontario.  In 2014, our Mental Health Leadership Team identified self-regulation and social problem-solving as an area of need among our young learners, and committed to systematically implementing social emotional learning for all elementary students.

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