Tag Archives: Parents

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What Health Skills Every Middle School Student Needs to Possess Before High School

This is a list of basic skills students should acquire before moving up to High School.  Some are basic and some you might want to consider as new ideas.  Your middle school student must be able to wake themselves up to an alarm clock       without a parent’s help. Once kids are in middle school it is their responsibility, to get… Read more »

The Secret to an Effective Apology

I Apologize from the Bottom of my Heart

  It is important to a parent that their child has a good relationship with the students in their class and their teacher.  An important part of good relationships is cooperative and respectful behavior. Children have to become aware when they are not cooperative and/or disrespectful and how it affects others.  One of the best instructional methods to accomplish this… Read more »

Apologies Matter — How to Apologize

Apologies matter and here are five reasons why we should teach children how to correctly apologize to peers, adults, and / or friends:  1.  It is a social skill required to maintain relationships with peers, relatives, bosses and a spouse. 2.  Apologies are difficult because: They require humility and recognizing how poorly behaved and hurtful you were. They require sincerity… Read more »

Relationships – They Begin in Your Family

Relationships — everything you know you learn in your family. It matters what parents model; it matters what children see. Children learn through observing their family’s sense of right / wrong, ethics, what is good / bad and permissible.   Children either repeat what they see or do the opposite.   I tell my students, “in a few years you will leave… Read more »

Let’s Make a Movie — The Story that Persuades

I always ended my Health class with a Unit in Human Growth and Development (Sex Ed). The culminating activity was a student created and produced a movie using Apple’s Garage Band or Microsoft’s Movie Maker. Students had a choice of 7 Nightmare stories with 6 to 7 scenes. I titled the stories Nightmares for a reason; not only were they… Read more »

The Vision Thing!! — Goal Setting

What a sort of Vision could an imaginative child have about the important areas of his future?  Let’s take a look at a possibility: A six-year old boy told his father he wanted to marry the little girl across the street. Being modern and well-schooled in handling children, he hid his smile behind his hand and with a serious look… Read more »

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