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 »

What Matters More: What you Say or What you Do?

  “Hillbilly Elegy” is a wonderful book about one of America’s subcultures, the white working class of Scots-Irish descent in Appalachia. J.D. Vance writes about his family’s problems in the context of this culture. A culture that tightly clings to traditional values that are / can be distorted into destructive behaviors. Let me give one of his examples of destructive… Read more »

Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Ultimate Self-Help Resource

I like to use stories to illustrate what I consider an important point.  Sometimes, the stories are music videos, Dear Abby Columns, or Dr. Seuss.  I recommend that Health teachers try something really crazy — partner up with a high school Literature teacher and start a Dante Club. It has been done before with great success.  Clubs are where people… 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 is an Extra Credit Assignment for Your Students

Student Extra Credit

I love to give students options to improve their grade by assigning voluntary extra credit projects. I have often seen that students who are not the best at participating in class are willing to do extra assignments to help improve their grade. Whenever I create an extra credit project, I intend for it to be something students will have to… Read more »

Some Inspiration for the NEW YEAR

I love this time of year. Everything is fresh and new like a brand new paint canvas. At the beginning of every New Year we do not know what the painting will turn out like. It is all an inspirational Idea. Here are some Inspirational items I would like to pass along at the beginning of 2017. The Next Items… Read more »

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Very Special New Year

Wishing you all the best in 2017 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! The Healthy Mind Curriculum Blog is taking a Holiday Break until after the New Year.   Be sure to email me or make comments on the website if you… 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 »

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