Category Archives: Health Curriculum

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 »

Do you Know Either of these High School Girls?

Two High School Girls

The story of 2 High School Girls — Gertrude and Bertha, is a comparative story. Jackie Brewton used to illustrate the advantages of not having sex before marriage during my health class. By example, Jackie taught me the importance of stories in revealing a moral point without being over bearing. The listener relates / becomes the character in the story…. Read more »

The Difference between Excellence and Perfection

Excellence isn’t about an IQ or ability, excellence simply means doing the very best you can with the abilities and resources you have available.  It’s about effort — keep on keeping on.  It’s about recognizing weaknesses and going thru a process to eliminate those weaknesses.  Perfection is an unattainable ideal. With effort and desire, excellence is achievable. In the midst… Read more »

Need help when you teach about Addiction– here are 2 great resources

Normally during the teaching of a Drug Unit a teacher: Provides basic facts in regard to immediate, short term, long term effects of drug(s).  The goal is to convince the students — this is not good for you. Provides an opportunity for a cost / benefit analysis — look at your goals; is experimenting with drugs worth messing with your… Read more »

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