Open a Book – Open a Mind: Using Literature as a Catalyst for Positive Mental Health

Themes:
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education, Language Arts and Literacy, Holistic Health
What:
1 Hour Session
When:
Thursday Feb 15   12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (1 hour)
Where:
TELUS Convention Centre - Glen Room 204
Tags:
Division 2 (Grades 4-6) Division 3 (Grades 7-9)
Discussion:
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As an award-winning author of 19 novels for adolescents and young adults, Jacqueline Guest spends a lot of time working with students. Join her as she explores how literature can be a springboard for getting students to talk about what’s really going on in their lives.

In this workshop, you will explore various literature-based strategies to help students achieve and maintain positive mental health. Isolation, bullying, low self-esteem, dysfunctional relationships, social anxieties, and a myriad of other stressors can be overwhelming for young people. Jacqueline will share how she uses literature to better understand students and to help students better understand themselves. She has found that reading and writing can open up avenues of conversation that allow students to reveal their inner concerns.

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