Welcome to MAPs for Educators: Saskatchewan! This is a private resource created for educators to help students struggling with anxiety. Do you have students struggling with anxiety? Would you like to learn different strategies to teach them how to manage their anxiety in and outside of school? MAP for Educators (MAPE) might be the program for you! This program is comprised of three units that provide information about anxiety and hands-on strategies to dial down anxious feelings and thoughts. However, before you start MAPE, we wanted to share some tips on how to best use the MAP program in a school setting.
Classroom vs individual approach. The activities described in this program are based on a class-wide approach. However, you can easily adapt MAP to use it with individual students.
Use your creativity. You may have many other creative ideas to deliver the MAPE lessons beyond those provided here. We encourage you to use your imagination to teach the core content of the lessons.
Younger vs older students. Throughout MAPE, you will notice that we suggest different activities according to students’ grade level: younger (K-Gr 3) versus older (Gr 4-7). Please adapt the lessons according to your students’ developmental level.
MAP toolkit. We suggest that when you implement each activity, you have your students create a physical toolkit, so the strategies they learned with MAPE can be accessed later and as needed. For example, you may give students a binder or a box to store handouts, objects, art, and any other tools they created during the lessons.
At the end of each Unit, you’ll find lessons in PDF format to download for future use. Also see the Saskatchewan Curriculum Connection Plan to align with your lesson plan.
Are you ready to get started? Click the ‘Get Course’ button on the top right of this page!
Anxiety Canada is pleased to offer the MAP for Educators: Saskatchewan program in partnership with the Saskatoon Industry Education Council.
Identify when anxiety becomes a problem for your student and how it can intrude in their life.
Become more familiar with the different types of childhood anxiety or anxiety-related problems.
Take steps with activities you can do to set the stage for helping students manage their anxiety at school.
Practical and creative ideas to engage children and teens with the entire MAPE program.
Strategies to help decrease physical sensations or make it easier to ride them out.
Strategies to activate the body’s relaxation response, which calms different body parts and helps settle the mind.
Self-soothing techniques involving one or more of your senses to combat stress.
Maximize your students’ ability to embrace and use mindfulness and relaxation as part of their MAPE toolkit.
Help your students become balanced thinkers by learning how to understand their thoughts.
How to have a conversation with your students about having anxious thoughts.
Help your students identify their own thoughts or “pop up” messages.
How to start challenging anxious thoughts rather than accepting them as facts.
Learn to “talk back” to anxiety by teaching students how to replace anxious thoughts with more realistic, balanced statements.