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 »

Why do we allow harmful people into our life?

Parents want their children to have the right type of friends for a very good reason. We know how important friends are. They are the people we got into trouble with when we were kids. We did things with friends we would never have done with our worse enemies.  When you are with your friends, your guard is down and… 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 »

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 »

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