From The Bookshelves

March 2, 2018 Sandra Anderson

Library Has Resources To Promote Teacher And Student Wellness

To complement the theme of mental and physical health in this issue, we are highlighting recent additions to the Association’s library that focus on teacher and student mental health.

If you would like to borrow any of these titles or something on a different topic, please remember that the library pays for shipping both ways, so there is never any cost for using our collection.

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Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students
Reilly, N. 2015. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company (371.713 R362)
Focusing on developing emotional wellness in the classroom, author Nadja Reilly connects research with practical applications for teachers who are supporting students with anxiety and depression.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Brown, B. 2017. New York, NY: Random House
(370 B877)
Author Brené Brown examines the persistent need for community in an age of disconnection. Brown discusses the results of her field research and describes ways to set boundaries, while maintaining meaningful connections with others.

The Careful Workplace: Seeking Psychological Safety at Work in the Era of Canada’s National Standard
Shain, M. 2016. Toronto, ON: Thomson Reuters
(158.7 S526)
This practical guide outlines recent change to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. It explores the legal and human aspects of employee relations and is an excellent resource for supervisors and administrators.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In K-12 School Settings: A Practitioner’s Toolkit
Joyce-Beaulieu, D. 2015. Springer Publishing Company (618.92891 J89)
Recent research supports the effectiveness of Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) for use with children. Joyce-Beaulieu provides a developmentally-appropriate adaptation of this useful therapy for school counsellors to integrate into their daily practice with troubled students.

Crying in Cupboards: What Happens When Teachers Are Bullied?
Bricheno, P., and M. Thornton. 2016. Croydon, UK: CPI Group (UK) Ltd (373.18 B849)
Bullying occurs in almost every workplace and has a detrimental effect on the worker and on the organization as a whole. When staff retention falls, the reputation of schools and school districts as desirable employers diminishes. This book gives voice to the stories of bullied teachers and offers suggestions for administrators and union officials in combatting this insidious problem.

DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A)
Mazza, J. J. et al. 2016. New York, NY: The Guilford Press (616.89142 M477)
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective tool for assisting teens to cope with emotional stress and to develop improved decision-making skills. Thirty lesson plans, with handouts and tests, are provided for teachers to use with adolescents of all ages.

Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time and Why It Matters
Kutscher, M. L. 2017. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (616.85 K97)
Daily Internet use has become the norm in our society. But research demonstrates that too much Internet use negatively impacts our social and emotional lives. Practical ways to promote healthy Internet use and curb excessive use are discussed. Of particular interest to teachers is the impact of laptops and digital reading in the classroom.

Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom
Souers, K., and P. A. Hall. 2016. Alexandria, VA: ASCD (371.94 S719)
Childhood trauma affects the developing brain and, if no intervention occurs, it can have lasting effects into adulthood. Teachers have an opportunity to help children develop resilience and to reverse damage to the brain caused by traumatic stress. The authors describe concrete interventions that teachers can use to help children in their classrooms to develop into healthy adults.

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
Purkis, J., E. Goodall and J. Nugent. 2016. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (616.85882 P985)
Written for people with autism, this book is also helpful for those who work with people with autism. Insights into mental health issues for those on the autism spectrum are elucidated.

Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice
Durlak, J. A. (ed.) et al. 2016. New York, NY: Guilford Press (370.1534 D962)
The authors describe the theoretical foundations of social and emotional learning (SEL). They offer practical advice for implementing programs to foster the development of social and emotional learning in students of all grade levels.

Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout: Tips & Strategies from Real Teachers
Davis, K. et al. 2013. San Bernardino, CA: The Educator’s Room (371.10019 D262)
Staying passionate about teaching is difficult when demands on your time are overwhelming. Seven teachers document their attempts to use different strategies for keeping themselves mentally healthy at work. The aim of this book is to help teachers find ways to reach a better work life balance.

Practical Guide to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace
Dyck, D. E. G. 2015. Markham, ON: LexisNexis.
(158.7 D994)
Historically, occupational health and safety (OHS) has focused on the physical safety of employees. But the new Canadian Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace requires OHS to address psychological health and safety as well. This book will help administrators and others involved in OHS to learn how to implement and assess these measures.

Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools
Suldo, S. M. 2016. New York, NY: Guilford Press (371.713 S949)
Making the point that happiness is at the core of mental health, Suldo reviews several assessment tools. Strategies for school counsellors are outlined that will promote better resiliency and mental health in students and schools.

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution
Brown, Brené. 2015. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau
(158 B877 2015)
The author is well known for her books about developing resilience. In this book, Brown explains the role of persistence in resilience and the bravery needed when vulnerable. A significant finding of her research is that successful artists, leaders and clergy are all able to ‘lean’ into their discomfort, to take risks and to fail without perceiving themselves as failures.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life
Paine, C. 2014. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc (248.843 P144)
Many women feel overwhelmed by the constant demands of work and family life. Simple strategies to better manage time, establish priorities and boundaries and be realistic about goals are given, including examples from Paine’s own life.

A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions
Saltzman, A. 2014. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications (155.4 S176)
Classroom teachers can deliver this eight-week mindfulness program to help students develop their capacity to communicate well, regulate emotions and act with compassion. Exercises focus on elementary and junior high students but can also be adapted for older teens.

Stress Management for Teachers: A Proactive Guide
Herman, K. C., and W. M. Reinke. 2015. New York, NY: Guilford Press (371.10019 H551)
The guide is intended to assist teachers in developing their own problem-solving and coping skills. Included are individual and group exercises that can be useful professional development tools.

Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention
Erbacher T. A. et al. New York, NY: Routledge
(371.7 E65)
One of the most difficult things teachers will ever face in schools is the death of a student by suicide. This book provides multi-level guides to deal with suicide. The authors discuss prevention programs, assessment of at-risk youth and interventions, as well as the more difficult tasks of supporting students and staff following a death by suicide. Step-by-step guides and reproducible handouts are included.

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
Jensen, F. E. 2016. Toronto, ON: HarperCollins Canada (155.5 J51)
In the last decade, neurologists have discovered that the teenage brain is not as fully developed as once thought. Research indicates that the brain continues to develop into the early 20s. Dr. Jensen explores the myths of adolescence and brings a science-based understanding to explaining difficult teen behaviour.

Well Aware: Developing Resilient, Active, and Flourishing Students
Carney, P. 2014. Don Mills, ON: Pearson Canada (616.89 C289)
Addressing mental wellness as a priority for everyone, rather than as a concern for those who are unwell, Carney suggests actions teachers can take to build resilience and effective life skills in all students.


Dysfunctional Societies: Why Inequality Matters
Jhally, S. et al. 2015. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation. (AV DYS)
This eye-opening documentary investigates how the United States measures up against the rest of the world in life expectancy, violence, health, mental illness and incarceration. It makes a credible argument that economic inequalities are the key drivers of the decreasing wellness of the U.S. population.

How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy
Bonura, K. 2015. Chantilly, VA: Teaching Co. 372 min. (AV HOW 2)
This 12-part course is broken into digestible 30-minute lessons. Using natural methods, the course focuses on doing things that boost your energy throughout the day and noticing the things that deplete it.

Keeping the Wisdom and Sharing Our Gifts
Boyd, E. 2013. Alexandria, VA: Microtraining Associates. 35 min. (AV BOY)
In this presentation, Elizabeth Boyd borrows from international humanitarian guidelines to empower communities in their response to disasters. She explores how teachers can use an indigenous approach to mental health that will develop students’ gifts as leaders.

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
Muesse, M. W. 2011. Chantilly, VA: Teaching Co. 744 min. (AV PRA)
This 24-part course introduces the basics of meditation and how to apply the philosophy of mindfulness to all aspects of our lives.

Timebomb: The Cost of Dropping Out
Mattos, M. 2017. Toronto, ON: Solution Tree. 10 min. (AV TIM)
This bold video presents, in a powerful way, the negative lifelong consequences of dropping out of school—a great motivational video for teachers to use with students in their classrooms.


Our collection of maker technology continues to grow! Here are a few of the newest kits that we will mail to you anywhere in the province—and, as with any library material, we prepay return postage for you. You can locate the full list of kits available on the Makerspace box on the library’s homepage at

Alpha 1S Humanoid Robot
A fairly sturdy pre-assembled robot that can be programmed through the free app on a smartphone or tablet. Alpha can perform kung-fu, dance and yoga, as well as tell stories. This robot has a big “wow” factor and will inspire student programmers of all ages.

Kindly donated to the library by Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE), the Bee-Bot is a sturdy robot designed for use by young children. The Bee-Bot reinforces children’s literacy and numeracy knowledge aided by colourful educational floor mats.

Circuit Scribe Ultimate Kit
This kit for students eight years of age and older, also donated by ATLE, extends physical circuits to paper by using an electronic ink. A useful workbook helps students to start thinking about the endless possibilities for object design.

StikBot Zanimation Studio
When this donation from ATLE arrived, library staff knew it needed to order two more! This inexpensive green screen studio comes with three figures, two props and a tripod for a camera or smartphone. Designed for creators of stop motion animation, the free app allows students to add any background they want to the green screen area of their animated shots.


Enseigner l’éducation musicale à l’école primaire
Schoen, Pierre-Jean. 2016. Paris, FRA : Dunod
(372.87 S365)
L’enseignement de l’éducation musicale est fréquemment redouté par les enseignants du primaire. Pourtant, l’éducation musicale à l’école n’a rien à voir avec l’enseignement spécialisé dispensé dans les conservatoires et les écoles de musique par des professeurs experts. Il s’agit plutôt pour l’enseignant de mener des situations pédagogiques où les élèves vont développer leurs habiletés musicales à travers des démarches ouvertes à tous. Cet ouvrage propose des outils présentés de façon visuelle et accompagnés d’exemples d’application en classe pour aider l’enseignant à conduire des séances variées, adaptées à chaque cycle.

Les premiers pas en atelier d’écriture
Calkins, Lucy et Amanda Hartman. 2017. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (372.6049 C155)
Qu’est-ce qu’un atelier d’écriture efficace? Les auteures tentent de répondre à cette question au fil des activités et ateliers présentés dans cet ouvrage, qui permettront aux élèves de cinq et six ans de faire leurs premiers pas dans l’univers de l’atelier d’écriture. Les enseignants y trouveront un processus explicite d’écriture de textes narratifs et informatifs, incluant des gabarits d’écriture, des exemples de tableaux d’ancrage, des listes de vérification ainsi que des tableaux de progression des apprentissages.

La rétroaction au cœur de la classe : pour favoriser les apprentissages, les habiletés sociales et le développement des élèves
McCallum, Deborah. 2017. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (371.1022 M122)
La rétroaction peut se présenter telle une tâche de plus à ajouter à celles que les enseignants doivent déjà accomplir en classe. Elle constitue toutefois une part essentielle des processus d’enseignement et d’apprentissage. « Rétroaction » ne doit pas forcément être synonyme d’« évaluation ». Ce livre aborde la rétroaction dans une perspective globale, grâce à des stratégies et à des activités faciles à mettre en place afin d’outiller les élèves de 6 à 12 ans à recevoir et à donner des commentaires constructifs permettant d’améliorer leurs apprentissages et leurs comportements.

Les tableaux d’ancrage : des référentiels dynamiques pour maximiser l’apprentissage
Martinelli, Marjorie et Kristine Mraz. 2017. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (372.6 M385)
Qu’ils soient conçus par des enseignants ou des entreprises, les tableaux d’ancrage sont partout et font partie intégrante de la classe. Toutefois, le tableau d’ancrage ne peut venir avant les besoins de l’enfant; il faut faire participer les élèves à la création des tableaux et les amener à interagir avec eux dans l’environnement de la classe. Cet ouvrage propose une démarche claire, illustrée de nombreux exemples, pour créer des tableaux d’ancrage qui aideront les élèves à se rappeler le point d’enseignement et à devenir plus autonomes.

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