March 2022
Dear Readers,

We hope you had a restful March Break! This month, we want to take a look at how stress impacts our lives and the lives of our students, and consider what we can do to make it work for us, and not against us.
For the longest time, society has approached this issue in pretty much the same manner. We have heard the theories about stress that were molded by science, news, and culture. In a nutshell, stress is bad, very bad. Interestingly, more recent research shows that stress can actually improve performance and well-being. So, contrary to popular belief, good stress does exist, and research shows that being aware of its benefits is more powerful than hiding behind the negative effects.
As educators, the suggestion is to shift our goal from asking students to stress less, to helping them stress better. Here are a few ideas to do just that.
  • Stop Highlighting Negative Consequences: As educators our natural instinct is to make students aware that they are potentially hurting themselves. In fact, combating stress using fear tactics can create even more stress.
  • Cultivate a Positive Stress Mindset: One of the simplest yet most powerful ways to stress better is to start with the right mindset. Thinking about stress as "positive" or performance-enhancing can work to your advantage.
  • Exemplify Distress Leading to Growth: Students are very likely familiar with the term Post-traumatic Stress (PTS), but less so with a phenomenon called Post-traumatic Growth (PTG). This is the positive change resulting from a major life crisis (or serious distress). Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that those who tend to experience PTG usually approach difficulty rather than avoiding it — they are more open to change.
In our effort to stress better, let's teach students that when stress comes on, they should embrace it rather than run away from it. A life without stress is not only hard to imagine, it simply doesn’t exist. Let’s keep in mind how the things that we are most proud of and bring us the most satisfaction were often the most difficult ones to envisage. Wiping out stress completely would result in wiping out many of our accomplishments.

Wishing you lots of PTG,

Julie & Micheline


EPC Après-cours FGA

Trauma Informed Pedagogy

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 — 16:15 to 17:15

Roger Rampersan
This presentation explores how implementing trauma informed approaches with adult students, similar to those seen in primary and secondary schools, can mitigate the effects of trauma and thus increase resilience, perseverance, and achievement.

Decolonizing Our Practice

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 — 16:15 to 17:15

Guest Speaker: Curran Jacobs
This workshop will introduce adult education teachers to how we can decolonize our teaching practice to better support Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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Math Community Après-Cours FGA

Tuesday, April 5 & Wednesday, April 6 2022

You can choose from the following dates/times, as the information of the session is the same for both. See you then!

History of Québec and Canada: Presentation of a Planning Toolkit

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 — 13:00 to 15:30

L’Équipe-choc Pedagogical, in collaboration with RÉCIT AGE, is proud to introduce its new Planning Toolkit for the History of Québec and Canada program! This toolkit includes several resources for planning, teaching and evaluating, all in accordance with the new History of Québec and Canada program. See you there!

Science Community Après-Cours FGA

Monday, April 18 & Tuesday, April 19, 2022

You can choose from the following dates/times, as the information of the session is the same for both. See you then!


National Mathematics Workshops: Part Two

Thursday, March 31, 2022 — 8:30 to 12:00

In this workshop, we will present some learning activities that can help students consolidate reading strategies. Everyone is welcome!


Services éducatifs complémentaires FGA-FP

Intervene to Succeed

by Karine Jacques
Intervene to Succeed is an instructional differentiation guide to help AGE and VT practitioners coach their adults through observable and measurable evidence. Students and teachers can use winning strategies with simple and effective interventions.

Intervene to Succeed is a reference guide used in the French AGE and VT sector in over 30 training centers.

Project RISE

Survey for a Financial Education Project

The Financial Education Project RISE team is looking for student volunteers to fill out a brief survey on social media and online shopping habits. Whether you teach Social Studies or not, please share this link with your students. We would like to have the data by March 24th, 2022.
Thank you for your collaboration in the creation of digital classroom resources for these new course codes!


L’Équipe-choc Pedagogical

AGE Resources Website Updates!!!
New MTH-4153 Pretest and Answer Key

We invite you to visit our website; all Resources sections have been reworked and updated. Please do not hesitate to make suggestions, or send us anything that you would like to share for the benefit of the English Community.

Write to us at

Many thanks to all the partners who shared content, participated in workshops and gave us feedback so that we can continue to improve our services to the English network.

Together, we’re stronger!


Les SARCA - Un portrait des besoins

This questionnaire is addressed to ALL actors educators in Adult General Education (AGE) and Vocational Training (VT), from centre directors, to pedagogical consultants, to SARCA consultants. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey; it will be much appreciated.


University of Saskatchewan

12.3 Stress and Coping

by Jennifer Walinga

In order to understand how people learn to cope with stress, it is important to first reflect on the different conceptualizations of stress and how the coping research has emerged alongside distinct approaches to stress. Stress has been viewed as a response, a stimulus, and a transaction. How an individual conceptualizes stress determines his or her response, adaptation, or coping strategies.

SVVSD Human Resources Worksite Wellness

Types of Stressors (Eustress vs. Distress)

by Karl Lehman Weaver

We all experience stress. A lot of us have a perception that all stress is bad. But did you know that there is actually good stress we experience? Take a look at this article from Mental Help to learn more about the good stress we experience and how it differs from the bad stress.

Scan Your Stress


This app can help you keep track of your daily stress. Why not check it out?


L'Équipe-choc Services éducatifs complémentaires

Stress: Friend or Foe?

by Karine Martin

Is stress truly an enemy we must defeat? Are stress, anguish, and anxiety all synonyms? While mental health, exposure to stress and anxiety issues are hot topics, our knowledge related to these subjects is often poorly developed.


Why Assign Classroom Jobs?

by Giovanna Salvagio

Giovanna offers solutions to help combat teachers stress and anxiety while promoting student engagement and agency. Inspired by a Cult of Pedagogy podcast, this article illustrates the advantage of assigning classroom jobs for in-person or online classes.


Ministère de l’Éducation

Services and Programs of Study (2021-2022)
Administrative Guide (2015 Edition)

Teachers' Competencies

Reference Framework for Professional Competencies for Teachers.

Thank you, Karine Jacques and Tanya Marcil for this great poster, which was adapted from the Référentiel des compétences professionnelles - Profession enseignante.


A list of all the info-sanctions published since 2019 concerning the Adult General Education and Semi-Skilled careers has been compiled for you as a reference. Consult your Centre sanction representative for more details.

BIM - Math and Science

A list of all the active BIM exam versions is available for your consultation.

DBE Mathematics - BIM List

For more details on the math exams contact Clementina Santoianni

514 252-3700, poste 5078

DBE Science and Technology - BIM List

For more details on the science exams contact Barbara Choquette
514 251-3700, poste 3888 or

DBE English Language Arts & CCBE English Language of Instruction - BIM ELI/ELA

For more details on ELA exams, contact Steven Jansma or

FBD - Français Langue Seconde & FBC - Francisation - BIM FLS/LAN

For more details on French exams, contact Maria Carrera or

DBE - Social Sciences - Social Sciences

For more details on Social Science exams, visit or

SOFAD - Resources

SOFAD develops learning resources designed in accordance with the Quebec curriculum and adapted to the needs of learners. There are also teaching practices for both in-class and distance learning in Adult General Education.

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