First round of Knowledge Building About Well-Being (questions created and research conducted by room 16 students).
What is Well-Being?
The nature of well-being is complex and means different things to different people. Well-being can be understood to be a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that is felt when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. It is supported through equity and respect for our diverse identities and strengths.
Well-being in early years and school settings is about helping children and students become resilient, so that they can make positive and healthy choices to support learning and achievement both now and in the future.
What makes up Well-Being?
Well-being can be seen as having four interconnected elements that are critical to student development, with self/spirit at the centre.
Promoting student well-being is about fostering learning environments that encompass these elements:
- Cognitive: The development of abilities and skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and the ability to be flexible and innovative.
- Emotional: This involves learning about experiencing emotions, and understanding how to recognize, manage, and cope with them.
- Social: The development of self-awareness, including the sense of belonging, collaboration, relationships with others, and communication skills.
- Physical: The development of the body, impacted by physical activity, sleep patterns, healthy eating, and healthy life choices.
The concept of self/spirit has different meanings for different people, and can include cultural heritage, language, community, religion or a broader spirituality.
In groups of two, you will create a persuasive Pecha Kucha (you will use this graphic organizer to help you write your persuasive essay. Your persuasive essay will serve as the dialogue for most of your Pecha Kucha) about a specific community agreement that will ensure the well-being of the students in our learning community and the school.
Quotes on well-being in Ontario education:
“All children deserve the best possible start in life, and the right to be supported as they learn and grow.”
“We have a collective responsibility to create healthy learning and work environments that contribute to life-long learning.”
Well-being related videos: