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Aha! Wellbeing

Boosting and building trusting relationships to promote academic performance and wellbeing.

Unlock your potential with AHA! Wellbeing: a holistic journey towards empowerment. Through agency and outdoor education, ignite motivation and collaboration. Embrace creativity and proactivity organically within cognitive, spiritual, mental, social, and physical growth. Trust-building and resilience drive academic success and personal fulfillment.

Overview

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Web presence

2019

Established

450

Children

1

Countries
Target group
Teachers
Updated
April 2024
Our innovation aims to revolutionize education, fostering joy and engagement. We envision teachers energized by teaching, students feeling valued and eager to learn. Trust, belonging, and intrinsic motivation are prioritized, alongside holistic well-being. Through neuroscience and humanity, we empower students to become resilient global citizens.

About the innovation

Unlocking human potential

What we do?

AHA! Well-being is a well-rounded, holistic and playful, well-being program, that includes people’s physical-, cognitive-, social-, and emotional learning and development.

● AHA! Well-being is science-based and follows the principles of physical literacy: agency, competence, social relationships, and enjoyment.

● Learners participate in physical activity every day, outdoors and/or indoors.

● An example of a weekly schedule could be 2 x 60 min of weekly P.E lessons + 3 x 20 min of weekly AHA! Well-being lessons. Adaptations can be tailored to the class’s needs. The AHA! Well-being program is organic in its implementation. It gives the facilitator a foundation and at the same time the flexibility to adapt to the group members' initiatives, originality, and uniqueness. The activities are a mix of aerobic, anaerobic, high intensity, strength training, agility and coordination, games, and above all play and fun!

● AHA! Well-being enhances learner competencies, learning, and well-being.

●AHA! Well-being uses recent findings in neuroscience to ensure that the activities positively impact the learner’s life. The facilitator does learning and teaching with the learners about neuroplasticity and well-being, through age-appropriate materials. The aim is to be able to use the knowledge about how our brain and body work, particularly how our neurotransmitters work to keep us balanced and motivated: oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, and cortisol.

● AHA!Well-being is communicated and modeled through the use of the facilitator's a growth mindset approach. Within the AHA!Well-being program we refer to it as the Athlete’s Mindset. It is vital that the facilitators act as role models, demonstrating resilience, motivation, and enjoyment through their actions. They walk the talk. The facilitator is creating an inclusive culture, a learning community where a growth mindset creates a safe, inclusive, and engaging place. John Hattie’s research has shown that the facilitator's effectiveness leads to learner's growth beyond the normal developmental curve of 0.4. (https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2020/09/18/how-do-you-know-your-teaching-impacts-students-learning/).

● During the initial implementation phase of the AHA!Well-being program the facilitator carries out play-based physical activity lessons and creates learning activities with a focus on emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and growth mindset. As the students learn more they will be encouraged to collaboratively take agency and carry out lessons. The ultimate goal is for the learners to be inspired and become confident agents of change in their learning community and beyond, using their unique interests and skills to promote an inclusive, caring, collaborative and solution-oriented environment where well-being is in focus.

● AHA!Well-being includes social- and emotional learning skills such as enhancing emotional intelligence by developing confidence, coping skills, collaboration-, creativity- and communication skills. In addition, it includes the practice of mindfulness through yoga, relaxation, reflection, journaling, and self-care. Other focus areas are the importance of healthy habits such as sleep and healthy food. The participants are introduced to the self check-in tool, that monitors cognitive, social, emotional and physical health. All participants get a common vocabulary to speak about social and emotional learning.

● The learners have the opportunity to be part of the ambassador program. As an ambassador the learner act as a motivator and communicator. The ambassador organizes and leads events.

● The AHA!Wellbeing program has a positive and empowering impact on the facilitators’ lives by providing an optimal learning space where they build healthy relationships with their colleagues and the learners through trust, care, and fun. This leads to a united learning community that is confident, competent, collaborative, and has a lust for learning.

● We believe it takes a village to raise a child. We all play a crucial role in the development of a child’s life. The benefits of the program go beyond the school walls. It gives families and communities sustainable tools and strategies to thrive in our ever-changing society.

● The core of the program's mission is to unlock human potential. We are driven by the UNSDGS:

UNSDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all of all ages

UNSDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

This innovation started as a pilot at the International School Helsingborg, which is an IB World school, K-12 + Middle and Senior Years Programs. The school caters to students from all around the globe. Over 450 learners are now participating and above 50 educators.

Implementation steps

Step. by step guide
1) Create a diverse and passionate team with different knowledge in the area of well-being
2) Get the Principal onboard by an awesome pitch!
3) Start small with a pilot
4) Evaluate, be detailed and honest
5) Scale
6) Gather teachers in small groups to guide and support them
7) When the program is in full swing: include the students to start holding AHA WellBeing sessions
8) Communicate with parents, build community and bring them in as experts but also to enjoy theme days and sessions
Program Introduction and Orientation
Introduce the IB PSPE Move and Learn program, highlighting its focus on student agency, outdoor education, mental health awareness, role modeling, creativity, fun, and enjoyment.
Provide an overview of the program's goals, principles, and key objectives, emphasizing the importance of students taking ownership of their well-being and learning journey, while also fostering a positive and supportive learning environment.
Professional Development and Training
Conduct comprehensive training sessions for teachers, focusing on strategies to promote student agency, integrate outdoor education, raise mental health awareness, model positive behaviors, and infuse creativity, fun, and enjoyment into learning activities.
Equip teachers with tools for facilitating self-check-ins, reflections, and well-being assessments, while emphasizing the significance of their role as positive role models for student well-being, creativity, and enjoyment of learning.
Pilot Implementation
Begin with a pilot implementation in select classrooms, emphasizing student agency, outdoor education, mental health support, positive role modeling, creativity, and enjoyable learning experiences.
Encourage teachers to model positive behaviors related to well-being, creativity, and enjoyment, and involve students in decision-making processes related to the program.
Administer pre and post-assessments to measure changes in student well-being and evaluate the effectiveness of program components.
Scaling Up
Based on pilot feedback and assessment results, gradually scale up the program to additional classrooms or grade levels.
Provide ongoing support and resources to assist teachers in expanding their implementation of student agency, outdoor education, mental health support, positive role modeling, creativity, and enjoyable learning.
Emphasize the importance of educators modeling positive behaviors and involving students in decision-making processes to promote agency, creativity, and engagement.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Continuously monitor student well-being using self-check-ins, reflections, and well-being assessments throughout the program.
Administer pre and post-assessments to measure changes in student well-being and assess the impact of program components on mental health outcomes, creativity, and enjoyment of learning.
Use assessment data to identify areas for improvement and make adjustments to the program to better support student well-being and promote creativity, fun, and engagement.
Reflection and Adaptation
Foster a culture of reflection and continuous improvement among teachers and students, encouraging regular self-check-ins, reflections, and discussions about well-being, creativity, and enjoyment.
Use assessment data and feedback to adapt and refine the implementation of program components to better meet the mental health needs of students and promote creativity, fun, and enjoyment in learning experiences.
Provide opportunities for collaborative reflection and dialogue to share best practices.

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