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HANDLING THE UPS AND THE DOWNS: ANXIETY, STRESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF RESILIENCY FOR STUDENTS

Elementary and secondary schools are witnessing a huge rise in students with anxiety, depression, and emotional health challenges. This experiential seminar uses principles of resiliency and mindfulness to have students:

  • Take ownership of what is within their control (e.g. the length of time being sedentary; screen time/video games)
  • Learn strategies for self-care (e.g. breathing techniques to calm the body and mind)
  • Identify their “inner bully” who breaks down self-worth and confidence
  • Learn how the practice of gratitude defeats fear
  • Understand the importance of daily personal accountability – of thoughts and actions – to become more peaceful and empowered

This presentation is typically 45min for elementary school students and 76min for high school students. Dr. Popovic’s expertise is in experiential learning and leadership, thus she requests group sizes of up to 60 students per seminar. She’s happy to deliver the seminar several times within the school day to accommodate larger student populations.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG LEAGUES?: A SEMINAR ON TRANSITION TO POST-SECONDARY (UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE)

This 76 minute grade 12 presentation is inspired by the bridge-programs created to support students in their transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9. One of the major challenges that educators and parents have with their high school students is that many young people do not trust the guidance and warnings about the realities of university life upon graduation. Oftentimes, the same students who thrived in the high school classroom experience shock, panic, and anxiety once they enter a new level of competition in the post-secondary academic environment.

This presentation – by a university professor – provides students with a preparatory bridge to the post-secondary experience.  Combining real examples from a decade of teaching college and university students with humour and professional honesty, this experiential presentation wakes grade 12s up to the intellectual and emotional realities in their midst.

The Top 10 “How is Post-Secondary Different?” topics addressed in this presentation are:

  1. Professor vs.Teacher
  2. How grades are determined in a course
  3. Student # vs. Your Name
  4. Planning your courses and university degree/college diploma
  5. Perception of student as an autonomous adult
  6. C = new average of all Grade 12s who were A-students
  7. Role of parents in the post-secondary environment
  8. Your schedule and time management
  9. Reading over notes ≠ studying for exams
  10. “How are things going?” vs “You are it.” 

Dr. Meg will make this presentation more experiential when working with smaller groups (up to 75 students) and use a keynote/lecture-style for groups of 75+ students. Dr. Meg has delivered this particular seminar to groups of 300+ grade 12 students.