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 […]

What Does Addiction and Diarrhea Have in Common?

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 does Addiction and Diarrhea have in common? Definition:  Diarrhea is when you have an URGENT need to have a bowel movement.  In other words, you CAN’T control this.  There is NO mind over matter.  Your body is telling you, find a bathroom NOW. Definition:  Addiction is repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite […]

SMOKING/”VAPING” in the Boys Room – 5 minute Activity

Health Class curriculum was developed as prevention education to drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, etc.) and premarital sex (prevention of STD’s and unwed mothers). It was/is a sort of if you do this, you will get that type of curriculum. My generation didn’t have health class, we had parents, the two-parent variety that had an appreciation for DON’T DO’s and common sense. I noticed years ago, the students had little interest in tobacco. They told me, “Mrs. McCoy, smoking wasn’t cool. […]
Hot Air Balloons Flying Away

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

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 second time the former North Cobb High School standout has been suspended by the NFL for substance abuse. He missed […]

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 never touch drugs My main focus isn’t how drugs affect the body, it is to challenge teenage ideas / world […]

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 future? Discusses how the absence of serious personal goals, your personality style, and level of self- esteem may affect a […]

Stanford Rape Case — What We Need to Teach Our Kids / Students

The Stanford Rape Case is another opportunity to teach our students (of all ages) that the world can be an unfair and dangerous place.  Because of western civilization, middle class lives, prosperous suburbs and gated communities many of our students haven’t come in contact with the consequences for their poor choices and / or thieves. Thieves are people who earn their living by stealing; they steal property, money, bodies and lives.   In the Stanford rape case someone’s body and soul […]

Marijuana Student Activity Worksheet

  The best activities for students in Health class include those applying basic facts to solve real life problems. I love advice columns. They include a short story (120 words or less) provided by regular people describing a problem they need help solving. If they knew the answer, they wouldn’t be writing to get advice from a so called expert. I have found that a group of students can come up with an answer as good as the experts. What […]

Free People — Why We Teach Drug Units in Health Class. Part 3

There is always a drug unit in a Health class. Why, you might ask? There are a certain percentage of students who do drugs. Why? For some, doing drugs is fun, especially with friends. How cool is that?   Most parents don’t like that; it messes with their future plans for their children — good grades, good college, good professional job, marriage, and bragging about their grandkids etc. So, there are Health classes providing wonderful scientific facts and evidence pointing to […]

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