Category Archives: Communication

Which is Better — an Individual Thinker or a Team Player?

Which is better, being an individual thinker or being a team player?  Is it possible to be both?  Well, Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America) insinuated nearly 200 years ago that there was a possibility Americans were both.  While touring the 13 colonies he observed a basic tension in our national character that was / is an important contradiction of… Read more »

What is the #1 Predictor of Success in School & in Life?

According to Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher turned psychologist, GRIT is the factor that will determine whether a student will succeed or fail. According to Angela, GRIT is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. GRIT is stamina. GRIT is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not for the month, but for years,… Read more »

It Matters What Children See and Hear

It matters what children see and hear. They breathe it in like air and will model it before your eyes. Their models are their parents and family members — we know what we know from our families. We inadvertently do what they do without even knowing it until someone points it out. My daughter sent me a video of my… Read more »

Life is a Choice — Weekly Thoughts to Share

Life is a Choice — Here is a selction of 5 minute activities where students copy the advice and compose two to three sentences why they agree or disagree (just pick a thought for the day). 1. No is a complicated word. “No” can mean “No”. Sometimes “No” means “Not yet”. Sometimes “No” means “Too soon”. Sometimes “No” means “Keep… Read more »

Do you know what to do about Sex Texting?

What is Sex Texting?

  What is Sexting? There was a front page (that continued to the entire back page) article in the local paper today (April 27, 2017). The local police are going to middle and high schools to explain social media consequences in hopes of preventing future cases of cyberbullying and child pornography. Did you know, one in five teenagers is sending… Read more »

What will you do for love? — I Hate Consequences!

Unsure Girl

As I read the article, Christian High School Doubles Down on Banning Pregnant Student from Graduation, I’m reminded of 3 topics of health curriculum • What Will You Do for love / acceptance? sex, drugs,. . . . . • Are short term pleasures worth the long term consequence • Establish boundaries or Guardrails* to protect future goals Maddi Runkles… Read more »

Insecurity Makes Students More Likely to Make Bad Decisions!

Girl All Alone

The students who come thru the door of our health class are dealing with a variety of teenage angst: • constant fear of an inevitable rejection • not being a part of the in crowd • the pressure of good grades which satisfy parents, colleges and /or self • lack of personal success — always second or third • disappointing… Read more »

What do you want to be?: Sheep vs Sheepdog = Leader vs Follower

Sheep vs. Sheepdog

  As I read the article “Sex Assaults in High School Sports Minimized as “Hazing”, I was reminded of the movie American Sniper’s famous scene entitle “The Sheepdog Speech”. There are three kinds of people in this world — sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The sheep prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in this world. The wolves use violence to… Read more »

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?

Bill Cosby during Sexual Assault Trial -- Was Justice Served?

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?  My students could tell you because they knew about how sexual court cases are judged by people using common sense.  I knew and my students would have known the day Andrea Constand (Cosby’s accuser) testified in court, that she was not going to win her case. You need 12 jurors for… Read more »

This is Why Behavior is More Important Than Feelings!!

I’ve noticed more of our students arrive at school preoccupied / focused on themselves and their feelings.  They are ruled by their emotions which is a recipe for their unhappiness, and everyone around them. This is more than a teenage passing phase.  We do live in a feeling based culture where people are urged to get in touch with their… Read more »

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