WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
Following are some of the many comments received from schools/teachers attending
our workshops and using our program. We thank them for their support.
our workshops and using our program. We thank them for their support.
"Thank you very much for the outstanding workshop. I can say that your PD was one of the most beneficial and thought-provoking sessions I have had the pleasure of participating in. Thanks for your sharing your enthusiasm and experience. My colleagues and I are still buzzing about it days after! Physical, thinking, emotional, cooperative - incredible"
"I did your course this past summer, August in Victoria and I have been using it in 9 different classrooms. I'm a School Counsellor with 3 schools to service. I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am. Children and teachers learn so much about self-management, especially paying attention. I've had children run out into a circle mid game, then realise they did not know what to do next. It is a crushing experience. Some of the worst behaved kids are saying how difficult paying attention is for them. Even knowing that is profound. I think it is the best thing I have ever done. Thanks."
Robin Kilistoff - elementary counsellor - School district #62
"This was the best workshop I have ever been to! Sean was a great instructor and provided so much information and insight! I can't wait to start the new school year with this new knowledge and am excited to embrace the program. Thank you so much!
Kayla Oslanski - Grade 1/preschool teacher - Ecole Sifton School, Camrose Alberta
"Great level of student engagement complimented with debriefing time to discuss behaviour as scenarios were created. I loved how you made individuals and the group acceptable to their behaviour and showed everyone how it affects the entire group. Fun, exciting actives - great for social/emotional learning"
Sherry Stade - Health Promoting Coordinator - School district #73, Kamloops
"Excellent, dynamic, thought provoking session that gives teachers tools to actively teach students necessary people skills."
John Buckley - teacher
"Sean, what a great session. I am happy that I came even if I am not very good at the rhythm! Wow, you gave me lots to think about. I'm on board. Thanks!"
Denis Schell - Grade 4 teacher - Fort Saskatchewan Elementary
You talk the talk and walk the walk Sean. It was great to actually experience the activities as students will. Love the resilience component and will really help with my music program. Thank you for offering this support."
Steven Howish - Grade 1-3 teacher - Holden Colonly School, Camrose Alberta
"Thank you Sean. A very motivating workshop! Great life long learning strategies done through games and interaction. How wonderful."
Wendy Davidson - Grade 1 teacher - Ecole Sifton School, Camrose Alberta
"Wonderful workshop! Great games and language that is easy to implement"
Michelle Broekhuizen - Learning facilitator - Ecole Sifton School, Camrose Alberta
"This has been an excellent workshop and an all around great day! I really appreciate the addressing of issues such as popularity and our tendency to protect children from feeling discomfort. Super games, tons of good information and a great facilitator."
Carmen Beattie – music teacher
"I really enjoyed your energy, enthusiasm and expertise with this important and timely material.
The pillars of the program seem really sound and you are passionate about presenting them. Thanks Sean."
Robert King - Counsellor - School District # 83
"I love the SEL language. It's common sense packed with meaning. The games bring the fun and make the experience impactful."
Sherri Nelson - Gr 6/7 teacher
"Very useful techniques. Practical and can be used immediately. Sean obviously knows the program and
provided many examples of play and analysis of student behaviour. Thank you!"
Monica Bomberger - Teacher - Fort Fraser Elementary
"Amazing day! the conversations that Sean suggested that could come from the play were wonderful.
Lots of take away, easy to implement, right away activities. Thanks for a great day."
Megan Booth - Riverview Elementary - Resource Teacher
"Very informative workshop. I enjoyed the language that was used and can't wait to try it.
My kids will also love the games. Play is the Way is a program that I am going to use."
Jasen Florell - Gr 5-7 Teacher
"Fantastic! Everything was very applicable and in each situation, it was easy to see how the children would react.
Thank you. I love how you understand the true needs of children."
Stacy Gall – Educational Assistant
"Super presentation. Great way to teach life lessons to my students and to me! I have to experience unknown s
ituations that my students often have to. Looking forward to Monday morning – it’s my gym period. Merci!"
Sylvie St-Pierre – Gr 6/7 teacher
"Thanks for this dynamic, thoughtfully planned workshop. I’ll look forward to receiving your next email newsletter.
I love the fact that I can start Play is the Way right away with my students."
Corinne Larue-Madill – Gr 3 teacher
"Great day! Lots of ideas and fun activities. Zig Zag ball will be fun to try with my students.
I like your dynamics Sean, you’re a great presenter."
Luce Pare – Kindergarten
"I would certainly recommend this workshop to my colleagues. A very practical way to promote social and emotional intelligence.
Can’t wait to try some of the activities on Monday. Thank you very much."
Robert Doyon – Gr 4 teacher
"I had a lot of fun today. The day went by in a flash! I can’t wait to start playing some of these games with my class.
Everyone can benefit and it will work in nicely with our social/emotional development plan."
Lisa Maloney – Gr1/2
"What an excellent program! We had to be brave to come today because the weather was against us.
We overcame our fear and the benefit was HUGE! Thank you so much! Our children will benefit in many ways."
Whitney Christy – Gr 4/5 teacher
"Your philosophy resonates deeply with me. Thank you. Your games and ideas are concrete and very approachable.
I look forward to reading, learning and doing your program. Merci Beaucoup!"
Collette Beaulieu – Kindergarten
"I learned so many valuable lessons and am coming away with a better “tool kit” to help and support my students.
EVERY teacher needs this workshop. Thanks so much."
Shaylene Marks – Gr 2
"A wonderful workshop. Very useful to take back and use in the school. One of the best workshops I have attended.
I would love to see this program come to my community."
Ronna Pearson – behaviour and resource teacher
"Excellent workshop! The power is in the application of the beliefs of the program and in the activities
that are engaging and fun. Teaching and learning in the moment."
Wendy Forsythe – Principal
"Excellent. I love the grounding in SEL and the embedding this into games.
Positve and important work. Passionate and knowledgeable facilitator."
Nathan Rose – teacher
"Tell your clients to get a good nights sleep the night before – you speak quickly and say a lot.
How do you do it? Very worthwhile - thank you."
Wendy Phillips – student support teacher.
"Excellent presentation. Lots of great games and ways to discuss self-regulation and recognition
of behaviour. A lot of these games the kids with special educational needs could play and get some lessons from as well."
Ashley Wirth - Special Education Assistant, West Vancouver
"It was a fun and engaging presentation. The co-operative games are great! And I'm glad we got to play them as a
staff group because it's not just about listening to learn for me. It's so much easier to enjoy playing the games myself so
I can enjoy them more with the kids. I hope in the near future, more schools adopt the habit of playing more!"
Clare Broomfield - Special Education Assistant, West Vancouver
"Sean's presentation was not only engaging, but it was also fun! If it was this fun for the adults,
I can only imagine what the kids will do with it. I can't wait to try the program with the kids I work with."
Jessica Sprenkle - Special Education Assistant, West Vancouver
"This was super fun and informative. It was also inspirational. I like the thought of schools
changing gears and focussing more on social & emotional characteristics! Good stuff."
Jade Graham - Special Education Assistant, West Vancouver
“I have received tools, strategies and language that I need to deal with behaviour/emotional challenges in my classes. Play is the Way is exactly what I was looking for. I will suggest that you be invited to PD days within my division. I’m excited to get started! I also learned something about myself. Thank you.”
Gerri Grade – PE specialist - Ecole White City School
"I wish I had this years ago. Thanks so much! I'm excited to get this started with my students and spread the word"
Taya Patterson - behaviour teacher - Arthur Halton
"As students learn best when they are active, so do teachers. An excellent set of activities
providing a venue to correct students' natural tendencies to exhibit sometimes not so cooperative behaviours"
Samantha McLaren - grade 5/6 - South Sa-hali School
"First class presentation. Excellent speaker/teacher. Very clear with purpose of program and of course,
the practical application of that process was superb. Thank you!"
Paul Patterson - resource teacher - Burt Edwards Elementary
"Well done! Very useful from many aspects - ties in with PBIS, DPA and community/team building.
I could see this program as useful for adults and those in recovery programs."
Nadine Briscoe - resource teacher - Haldane Elementary
"Great day! The games were simple to set up, needing little equipment. Such a great way to teach
behaviour skills and build a supportive classroom."
Lynne Johnson - Pacific Way Elementary
"Valuable workshop that all teachers (current and future) should take to prepare themselves
and give them the tools to implement in their classrooms."
Kris Hartley - Thompson Rivers University Elementary Education Program
“Wonderful! Very excited to try the games with my class. Love the philosophy –
very much needed in our society. Thank you!”
Glenda Kubik – teacher – Willow Park Elementary – Edmonton
“This was excellent! I can definitely see how purposeful these games are and the important
social lessons they teach. I can’t wait to start using Play is the Way in my class.”
Rebecca Abbas-Nejad – Grade 7 teacher – Blueberry School, Stony Plains, AB
“Awesome, Excellent! Very useful. Addresses the issues of both behaviour and getting kids
active in m class. I will be using this and suggesting it to others.”
Melanie Smith – Grade 5 teacher - Blueberry School, Stony Plains, AB
“The session was exciting and challenging. I will be using these games to teach behaviour
education with my students. I have 19 boys and 6 girls in my class, so these game situations will teach
my students about themselves, their resilience and perseverance!”
Amy Garrison – Grade 6 teacher - Blueberry School, Stony Plains, AB
“Play is the Way was very interactive. I enjoyed the hands-on learning. By experiencing the games it makes
them easier to remember. I enjoyed how the games dealt with, included, and showed how they worked with all students.”
Lorna Nelson – Teacher - Valley Christian Academy, Edmonton AB
“Thank you! Informative and strikes at the actual needs of children. Challenging, well presented
and a good balance of activity and verbal information.”
Carol Venn – Grade 2/3 teacher – Westberry School
“Thank you for a well prepared, action-filled presentation. I look forward to utilizing your ideas in our classroom.
Elaine Klassen – E.A - Valley Christian Academy, Edmonton AB
“Very informative, fun day! You kept us moving and pushing through our own discomforts. Lots of great ideas to use. Thank you.”
Maggie de Conick Smith – SunWest School Division, Sask
“All in-services should be like this – hand-on! Love the program materials. Parents would definitely benefit from this program”
Whitney Bonick – teacher- St Henry’s Junior Elementary School
“So beneficial! I cannot wait to use this program with many of our kids”
Amber Fornwald – Learning Support teacher - Lampman School
“Good session. Very valuable with lots of great ideas. I look forward to exploring Play is the Way
with all grade levels I teach. We would love to have you come and train our whole staff.”
Dawn Willock – Teacher - Lampman School
“This was a great day. This program could start with the younger children and work up to the
older years. Play is the Way is an excellent program and Sean did a fantastic job.”
Michelle Waffle – TA - Montessori of Regina
“Very fun. Lots of information and games to use right away. A very interesting and engaging presentation.”
Trina Battersby – Student Services Cousellor – Lampman/Westview Schools
“It was a great day for me. I loved the combination of talk and play. I can’t wait to try
some of what I learned out. A very valuable PD opportunity. Thanks so much.”
Shauna Wirl – Teacher – Churchbridge Public School, Sask
“This was a great day! So many useful and practical activities with sound foundations and positive approaches.
This will us to help children to become thoughtful, capable citizens. Thanks!”
Carol Hart – Teacher/Librarian – Douglas Park School, Regina
“Thank you for your knowledge and enthusiasm. It was a great presentation – very useful!
I look forward to implementing it in my class.”
Liz Naylor – Teacher – Palliser Heights School, Sask.
"Wonderful, useful concepts. Easy to introduce in our daily routine. Merci so much!
Great, positive energy that I want to transfer into my class"
Louise Beaudry - teacher - Deep Cove Elementary
"A very valuable and well designed program that fits perfectly with so many of our beliefs in our district. I look forward to our school community benefiting from the activities, concepts, and language learned in this program."
Steve MacGregor - grade 2/3 teacher - Deep Cove Elementary
"Excellent opportunity to combine deeper understanding of social responsibility with play and team work.
I like that as the teacher, I am the facilitator to guide my students to discovery and understanding of the
positive ways that they can approach the difficult times and learn to take ownership of problem solving."
Ida Von Schuckmann - grade 4/LA teacher - Deep Cove Elementary
"This workshop was an excellent reminder of the really important lessons children really need to know to be successful citizens of life. Perseverance and resilience AND we got the tools to make this possible for our students. Thank you!"
Cathy Challinor - k/1 teacher - Deep Cove Elementary
"It was a wonderfully fun afternoon. Great games and great language. What a wonderful way to support
and help develop our children's emotional and behavioural abilities. Thank you"
Lisa Norden-Infante - Lunch monitor - Deep Cove Elementary
"I thought the workshop was fantastic! I appreciated the opportunity to play and really experience the
games and what they were trying to teach. The analogies that were given were wonderful and easy for
children to connect to and the time taken to discuss the aspects of the games was valuable. Thank you!"
Shalini Mehra - Teacher, Cape Horn Elementary
"This was extremely practical and useful. Being interactive, participating in the games makes them
more memorable. There are issues that some individuals in my class have and if applied,
these games could definitely help my classroom community. Thank you."
Leah Sueafuan - grade 4/5 teacher, Cape Horn Elementary
"I felt inspired and enthusiastic about the games in this program. They will deiniately provide lots of teachable moments."
Kristina Dressel - teacher, Cape Horn Elementary
"Amazing course! Loved the enthusiasm of the instructor. I can't wait to implement into the classroom."
Margaux Jackson - SEA, Cape Horn Elementary
"It was a great day.I learned lots and am excited to read up on the games and try them out with my students.
Very organised session and well laid out.Thanks!"
Caleigh Goodheart - teacher, Cape Horn Elementary
"I have never been a part of a workshop (SEL or otherwise) that, in my opinion, better prepares
our children for life. Great material, presentation, and experience."
Gregory Wiebe - Youth Care Worker
"I really enjoyed your workshop. Your knowledge and experience were evident in the fluency of
your presentation. I loved the activities and your positiveness!"
Pamela Mailloux - Education Assistant
"An absolutely wonderful, informative and practical presentation. I will be using this program
within my classroom right away. Thank you for taking the time to present in our community."
Cortney Zolli - Teacher
"What a wonderful program - designed to help children actually build a connection. As a teacher,
I feel the language used in this program will help me help children build that much needed connection. Thank you!"
Sarah Murray - Teacher
"Thank you! I would love to see our whole school trained and on-board with this program"
Frances Anderson - Teacher
"Thank you for a thought provoking workshop full of great, purposeful challenging games.
I know our students will benefit."
Chantal Trudeau - Principal, Cedardale Elementary School
"Fabulous pro-d! You've given us a great way to help our children be successful in all areas of their lives."
Denise Gibson, Teacher. Cape Horn Elementary
"A great day! Very practical and Sean has excellent presentation skills.
I learned a lot of games and strategies I can use tomorrow."
Karen MacEwan - teacher - Cordova Bay Elementary
"Wonderful time. Enjoyed Sean's insight and ideas. I look forward to using this program in my class and brining it to my school."
Lance Hornby - teacher - Cinnabar Valley Elementary
"Excellent program! Fun and engaging and a vital tool in teaching students social responsibility!"
Diane Goodman - Principal - Brechin Elementary
"In a time where common sense is no longer common, Sean brings us pro-d that is engaging and meaningful.
'Good sense' play based character development at the heart of personal development…..and lots of laughter too!"
Darren Spyksma - Vice Principal elementary & middle school - Namaimo Christian School
"Before kids can learn, they have to be safe and this program provides the foundation for the
'optimal learning environment.' This program has play based activities and opportunities to practice
emotional wellness and strength of character. Sean involves and empowers educators through active participation."
Nancy Fredeen - teacher - Sidney Elementary School
"A fabulous day filled with new ideas, concepts, fun and laughter. It was a great time. Thanks."
Darlene Mathews - Youth and Family Counsellor
"It's been a while since I left a workshop feeling excited and enegergized!
I highly recommend Play is the Way."
Marketa MacGregor - Grade 3 teacher, Brentwood Elementary
"Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Very interactive. I appreciated the reasoning behind the games and Sean was
very enthusiastic and knowledgable. I will request more teaching staff take part in further workshops. Thank you."
Beverly Russell - Aboriginal Social Worker
"Fantastic! I can't wait to implement the program. I'm curious as to the long term changes you've seen
in schools in Australia. Thanks for coming."
Gerry Kratofil - Grade 4/5 teacher, Brentwood Elementary
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Play is the Way workshop. Lots of practical ideas that can be implemented right away.
Great fast pace to cover as much as possible. And a good hand-out. Loved it."
Karen Sheridan - E.A/T.O.C
"This was such a great experience for me. I was able to learn about the importance of games while getting
to know the school staff. I can't wait to play all these games in my practicum and future classrooms. Thank you so much."
Jennifer Maillot - Student teacher