Category Archives: Health Curriculum

Seventeen Inches — “Don’t Widen the Plate.”

Wishing you all the best in 2018 and always:  happiness, love, health, joy and everything you can possibly wish for!  Hope all your dreams come true, no matter how big they are! Be sure to email me or make comments on the website if you like something or want to suggest something for us to discuss.  Janet McCoy at:  janet@thehealthymindcurriculum.com… 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 »

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 »

Do Circumstance or Choice Matter in the End?

  Place the sentence below on the board.  As your students enter class, ask them to write a paragraph answering this philosophical question. Are you a victim of your circumstances or a product of your choices? Once this is done: •   ask for students to discuss their thoughts •   discuss the Teacher Notes •   use a story from local news… Read more »

How to use a Drug Unit to Challenge Student World Views

                There is always a Drug Unit in Health class because there are a percentage of students: ·       who already do drugs ·       who are curious and are open to experimenting if / when the right opportunity comes up ·       have older family members who use and / or deal drugs ·       will… Read more »

How to Always Have Boyfriends! Women are Powerful!

Life was simpler when I was young. We knew boys / men were different than girls / women, each had their separate roles in life, the cultural and religious moral code was similar, so there were culturally agreed upon expectations and standards. We did not have a health class. I did see a video explaining the male and reproductive system… Read more »

Here Are Tested Ways to Teach Students More Than Simple Sex Ed

The Birds and the Bees

I enjoyed teaching what we called Human Growth and Development; other school districts referred to it as Sex Ed. We taught important factual information the students needed to know about STDs, Contraceptives, Refusal / No techniques and Basic Anatomy. I broaden my approach to take the students thru real life situations.   *1 Steps of Intimacy where they learn there are… Read more »

Introverts Can Bring Great Value to the Class – TRY THIS!

Let’s see how we can encourage introverts to verbally participate more in class.  A students’ willingness to discuss, ask questions and/or express an opinion, make any class more interesting, fun yet challenging for everyone. After reading the book Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I learned that the most innovative… Read more »

Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an important (often unspoken) element in Decision Making. Sometimes it’s you who rejects something or someone and sometimes someone else does the rejecting, you don’t fit their style. We don’t like rejection; it snatches away our comfortable zone.   Without people realizing it, we select / reject people and things all the time.  Rejections are based on our likes… Read more »

Sex Education is all About Choices — Know What They Are!!

Sex Education

It’s the last few weeks of the quarter / semester so it’s time to prepare students for Human Growth and Development (AKA Sex Education).   Therefore, I prepare the students for the Sex Education unit by using literature and music while teaching the following units: The Difference between Men and Women followed by the unit, What is Love? Steps of Intimacy… Read more »

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