Category Archives: Self-Image

When you do not achieve your goals are you giving up on your dreams?

Hot Air Balloons Flying Away

The headline on the front of the Marietta Journal* sports section in big letters: League Suspends Waller for Season. Followed by, Former North Cobb standout fails second drug test this year. Then the article begins, “Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. It is the… 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 »

How do You Know if Your Friends are True?

Have this personal Health question on the board for your entering students to see, reflect upon then write an answer in preparation for the beginning of class.  This is an important question to think about for all of us (not just teens) because our tendency is to do what our friends do.  They influence our behavior.  So it is important… Read more »

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes… Read more »

Should you know if Ideology or Principled Position Matters?

This is an important tool to help students of all ages distinguish the characteristic marks of a person who uses the language of ideology versus a person who uses the language of a principled position.  Not every person arguing vigorously for a position is putting forth an ideology.  Some actually are expressing what they believe is a serious position and… 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 »

What do you know about Male Emotions?

  Alison Armstrong is an educator dedicated to helping women and men understand each other. She provides programs and seminars where men and women learn to understand and appreciate each other. She is a guest on The Dennis Prager Radio show 4 times a year on the Wednesday (2nd hour)) Male/female hour.   Dennis Prager describes her as “a person who… Read more »

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