MAPs for Educators (MAPE): Saskatchewan

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Introduction to MAP for Educators (MAPE): Saskatchewan

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 creativityYou 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.

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Unit 1: Starting the Journey

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Lesson 1: Anxiety 101
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Lesson 2: When Anxiety Becomes a Problem
10 minutes

Identify when anxiety becomes a problem for your student and how it can intrude in their life.

3
Lesson 3: Types of Anxiety Problems
30 minutes

Become more familiar with the different types of childhood anxiety or anxiety-related problems.

4
Lesson 4: Getting Ready
20 minutes

Take steps with activities you can do to set the stage for helping students manage their anxiety at school.

5
Unit 1: Troubleshooting and Tips
20 minutes

Practical and creative ideas to engage children and teens with the entire MAPE program.

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Unit 1 Downloads
7
Unit 1 Quiz
10 questions

Unit 2: Calming Strategies – Learning to Chill

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Lesson 1: Calming Concepts
10 minutes

Strategies to help decrease physical sensations or make it easier to ride them out.

2
Lesson 2: Relaxation Tools
30 minutes

Strategies to activate the body’s relaxation response, which calms different body parts and helps settle the mind. 

3
Lesson 3: Self-Soothing Strategies
10 minutes

Self-soothing techniques involving one or more of your senses to combat stress.

4
Unit 2: Troubleshooting and Tips
10 minutes

Maximize your students’ ability to embrace and use mindfulness and relaxation as part of their MAPE toolkit.

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Unit 2 Downloads
6
Unit 2 Quiz
11 questions

Unit 3: Helpful Thinking – Talking Back to Anxiety

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Lesson 1: Understanding Anxious Thinking
10 minutes

Help your students become balanced thinkers by learning how to understand their thoughts.

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Lesson 2: Talking to Students About Anxious Thoughts
20 minutes

How to have a conversation with your students about having anxious thoughts.

3
Lesson 3: Catching Anxious Thoughts
20 minutes

Help your students identify their own thoughts or “pop up” messages. 

4
Lesson 4: Evaluating Anxious Thoughts
30 minutes

 How to start challenging anxious thoughts rather than accepting them as facts.

5
Lesson 5: Becoming a More Balanced Thinker
20 minutes

Learn to “talk back” to anxiety by teaching students how to replace anxious thoughts with more realistic, balanced statements. 

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Unit 3: Troubleshooting and Tips
15 minutes

Additional tips for helping students become more balanced thinkers.

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Unit 3 Downloads
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Unit 3 Quiz
10 questions
My Anxiety Plan for Educators (MAPE) is a step-by-step anxiety management program based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that was developed through decades of scientific research and has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety problems. MAPE is an educational resource for you to “coach” anxious children or teens using practical strategies and tools. Educators can complete MAPE with students to learn how anxiety presents in their classroom and support students coping with unwanted anxiety.
The MAPE program was designed as a self-help program for educators to support children and teens with mild to moderate anxiety problems. Educators can use MAPE to better understand anxiety and learn about key tools for helping students manage anxiety in school settings.
The program takes roughly three hours to complete; however, time varies based on your use of the attached resources, activities, and videos.
Work through the various units and lessons at your own pace — it’s a journey and not a race. Go lesson by lesson over the course of weeks or months, or skim through them and return to relevant sections later. Review the content digitally and print out downloadable worksheets. You can decide whether to coach students on a weekly basis to review the lessons or have less regular learning sessions. There is no “right” way to use this material, but the goal is to inspire your class to learn. While we recommend a specified order, you know how your students learn best, and that may mean using MAPE units and lessons in a different order than recommended.
Working through this material can be challenging, especially if students are struggling with more moderate to severe anxiety issues. If a child has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the information and strategies in the program may not be sufficient. If you’re struggling to get a child to use the strategies or their symptoms persist or worsen despite working through the program, let their parents know that they may need to seek professional help (like a family doctor or a therapist who specializes in CBT).
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Enrolled: 461 students
Duration: 3 hours
Lectures: 18
Level: Beginner