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Social Club: Scrapbooking With Journaling, Writing, Art & Social-Emotional Skills

In these ongoing sessions, students will write and draw to record their emotions, observations, and experiences to add to their scrapbooks, as they chat and enjoy some social time in a relaxed setting.
Alaina Bell Gao
344 total reviews for this teacher
22 reviews for this class
Completed by 167 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times


Next on Sat, Oct 1

Meets Once per week
6:00 – 6:50 PM
5 learners enrolled

Next on Tue, Oct 4

Meets Once per week
7:00 – 7:50 PM

Next on Sun, Oct 9

Meets Once per week
7:00 – 7:50 PM
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Class Experience

Students will . . .
(As outlined in the Ontario Curriculum)


1.2 demonstrate an understanding of appropriate listening behaviour by using active listening strategies in order to contribute meaningfully and work constructively in groups (e.g., demonstrate an understanding of when to speak, when to listen, and how much to say; make connections between personal experiences and the contributions of other group members; ask relevant questions to clarify information and ideas) 


2.2 demonstrate an understanding of appropriate speaking behaviour in a variety of situations, including small and large-group discussions (e.g., . . . make relevant and constructive comments on the contributions of other group members) 

2.5 identify some vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch, and volume, and use them appropriately, and with sensitivity towards cultural differences, to help communicate their meaning (e.g., adjust the pace of speaking for effect and to hold the listener’s attention) 


2.2 establish a distinctive voice in their writing appropriate to the subject and audience (e.g., use punctuation, dialogue, and vivid language to create a particular mood or tone) 

2.3 use some vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions to enhance interest (e.g., strong verbs; concrete, specific nouns; unusual adjectives; unexpected word order) 

3.7 use a range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout 
I am highly trained and experienced in teaching English literature and writing (literary analysis and creative writing), and a great deal of that is based on discussions of the human experience as presented in literature. After all, writers write about what they experience and feel. Literature classes are filled with character analysis and conversations about the character’s evolving emotions and choices in reaction to the mundane, triumphant, and challenging experiences of life. So, I am always expected, as a literature teacher, to help the students to explore themselves and their personal opinions, experiences, and relationships to these themes. This class is only another form of that.

Furthermore, due to my professional expertise, empathetic nature, calm and reassuring demeanor, and intercultural and diversity communication and sensitivity training (to work with immigrating ESL students), I have been asked on various occasions to work together with counsellors to support struggling students by working through their experiences orally or via writing using accompanying literature. Therefore, I have worked on social-emotional skills with gifted and struggling students, and this has become an increasing focus in my regular literature classes, too. 

However, this class should in no way be considered a replacement for medical therapy sessions. Instead, it is simply a calm, reflective, creative, and safe space for students to relax, reflect, and enjoy as they express themselves creatively!
There is no required prep for attending these classes, except for having some paper and a few art supplies (like a pencil and paper). Also, while there is not any official homework, learners will be encouraged to finish up their pages in their free time.
Learners should have several types of paper, including coloured paper, scissors, glue, pencils/pens, markers, etc. on hand for each class or have a computer program or app installed for designing scrapbook pages. Stickers are fun, but optional. Students may also choose to incorporate magazine clippings and photographs. If the project will be kept and cherished, choose acid-free products.
50 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
This is not a therapy class, since I have no professional counselling qualifications. However, it is a calm, reflective, creative, and safe space for students to relax, reflect, and enjoy expressing themselves creatively. These sessions introduce techniques to handle day-to-day stress and anxiety, but are not to be considered therapeutic support for learners suffering from chronic anxiety or anxiety disorders who need a medical service. 

However, I will facilitate the conversation to help each learner explore their experiences and feelings and brainstorm ways to express them creatively. In fact, I have been offering classes like this for a number of years, as well as art and English literature classes with discussions of how literary themes relate to the students' lives. Therefore, I have much experience facilitating discussions that are unpredictable. So, although the conversations in this class will be dynamic and based on whatever the students share, I will focus on maintaining a healthy balance of providing a safe place for students to share their experiences and feelings and keeping the environment calm, creative, and positive, with a focus on creative expression. 

(I am a calm, empathetic, passionate individual and am known for my positivity, but also for my affirmations and gentle support.)


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
344 total reviews
163 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Learn with my learners
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient... 
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