Student well-being is grounded in the philosophy that all students can learn and flourish. When our classrooms and schools build supportive communities, provide appropriate resources, and explicitly teach skills and strategies for well-being, our students thrive and are well.
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Feed All Four
Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s (TLDSB) model, Feed All Four, depicts the importance of well-being, and its connection to successful outcomes for all. Feed All Four is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and the First Nations Medicine Wheel. It is a way of thinking that connects physical, mental, and social and emotional health and wellness to the curriculum. Connections are made through the incorporation of Feed All Four into classroom activities and a focus on a whole school approach for well-being.
Feed All Four was developed in TLDSB out of an ongoing need to align teaching and learning with safe and accepting schools, mental health, healthy active living, and student well-being. The body, mind, spirit, and emotions of an individual need to be met consistently in order to optimize achievement and well-being.
Research indicates that supporting the body, mind, spirit, and emotions of an individual will increase a sense of well-being, increase connectedness, improve resilience, and increase student achievement.
Research tells us that:
• Mindfulness exercises improve kids’ math scores.
• Exercise eases symptoms of depression and anxiety.
• Social and emotional learning improves academic achievement.
• Too much sitting could be harmful.
• Physical activity not only supports students’ physical development, but it improves concentration and multi-tasking skills.
Our community partners and parents/guardians are encouraged to use Feed All Four as a tool to promote and increase wellness and well-being. Feed All Four has been presented at regional community partner breakfasts, Best Start Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes planning tables, various provincial conferences, as well as to individual community partners including our health units with extremely positive response.
Further student and teaching resources can be found at feedallfour.ca.