03/23/2020

Q/A: Why Don’t We Learn From Other’s Mistakes?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:   Why don’t we learn from others’ mistakes?  Teacher Answer:  (Could it be, we know there are consequences.  We may even see the consequences.  Wisdom whispers, “that can happen to you”.   NAH Q/A:  If people learned from others’ mistakes…….life would be easier. T  F        Explain your answer. TEACHER NOTE: A great […]
03/04/2020

The Wisdom of Experience –A Cute Marriage Story

I love to tell this story to illustrate how people of different ages relate to the same thing. 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 on his face exclaimed, “That’s a serious step,” “Have you thought it out completely.” “Yes, his young son answered. “We can spend one week in my […]
01/30/2020

Q/A: Are you the person, the person you are looking for is looking for?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: We need healthy relationships with other people.  So, we naturally look for friends.  Whether you are the new person at school, in the neighborhood, or at a job,  you are looking for a friend.  So, what characteristics or type of person will you be looking for or attracted to?  the good looking person the popular […]
10/29/2019

Dread Calling Parents??? Try This!

For a long time, I dreaded calling parents because I knew the calls upset the parents. I felt awkward in a dynamic where the parent was embarrassed and many times defensive. I dreaded those calls: when you don’t have good news for a parent, the calls just don’t feel very good. This changed when I became familiar with a concept —- you only have authority if you are under authority. That became the key to positive calls. Most of a teacher’s […]
10/14/2019

Q/A: Are We Teaching Our Students to be Offended?

Q/A : Are we encouraging young people to be offended and derailed about things that their parents would have shrugged off while growing up?    This has to do with the ease that people are taking offense, given permission to not get over it and have permission to go to a safe place. EXAMPLES Google, micro aggressions and you get pages of things some people have decided shouldn’t have been said or didn’t say correctly. My concern is people are […]
09/05/2019

What Type of Friend are YOU?

It’s important you surround yourself with good friends. You can tell what type of friend you are by paying attention – look at Aristotle’s description of friendship. Aristotle described three kinds of friendship — note not everyone is a best friend. After looking at the models below, you’ll be better equipped to evaluate your friendships. #1 Useful or selfish friendships — you buy stuff from and sell stuff to people. You are useful to each other, and you wish each […]
05/12/2019

What is More Empowering, Goals or Daily Routine?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.    Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:  (This would be excellent lead in for a Goal Unit, Decision making unit. ) 1st  Q/A:  What is more empowering, personal goals or habits?  Explain your reasoning. Teacher Note: The Principal of the Path.  Your path always leads to your destination. Personal goals are a desired destination.  Habits (daily routine) are a path to or a detour […]
04/06/2019

Q/A: What Really Matters in Life

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  What do you really enjoy in life and what gives it meaning? Write 5 examples. In short, what really matters (and what doesn’t matter).   Write the student examples on the board.  Compare them with the thoughts (below) of children who were nearing the end of the time on earth.   Teacher Note Dr Alastair […]
02/08/2019

Q/A: Feeling Down? Pay Attention to Your Language

  I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. It is also: A way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. It gives me time to complete tasks necessary for each class-roll etc. It is also an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. Here is an example: Q/A  Feeling Down?  Pay Attention to Your Language.  […]

We appreciate your interest in our blog.

This is a great resource for health lessons and ideas for teachers to try in their classrooms. Please subscribe to thehealthymindcurriculum.com Blog and I will send you a free downloadable Lesson Plan good for Middle School, High School, or Home Schoolers.

Thank you for your interest.

Janet McCoy