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 […]

Q/A: Are You Jealous? You Decide!

  Here is an activity where you can pose this simple question to your students the first few minutes of Health Class. Project this on the board or give your students a copy. Ask your students to consider if they ever think these thoughts or have acted them out. Jealousy is a health issue. It leads to unhappy, depressed and lonely people. This information can lead to a discussion if they see evidence of it at school, at home, in […]

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 […]

Q/A: “I Don’t Like That Man. I’m Going to Have To Get To Know Him Better. Abraham Lincoln

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:  “ I don’t like that man.  I’m going to have to get to know him better”.  Abraham Lincoln.  Explain why getting to know a person you don’t necessarily like is a wise idea or a foolish idea. TEACHER NOTE: Here’s the wisdom.  We have friends that we are comfortable with because we have a history […]

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 […]

Q/A: Are You a Faithful Person

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:  Faithfulness is one of the most important qualities in a person’s life.  A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable.  If you were a faithful person, describe the behaviors/characteristics you would be demonstrating everyday. After you students provide what they consider faithful behaviors provide the list below.  These are characteristics of a faithful person.    Challenge […]

Are You Generous? Q/A

TRUE GENEROSITY 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   Are you a generous person?  I consider myself a generous person because…… I am not a generous person because……. TEACHER HINT:  a generous person is someone who is other oriented.  In other words, when a generous person sees someone in need, they see an opportunity to express a generosity of spirit.  Generosity […]

The Definition of a Gentleman– an activity for our students

This would be an interesting survey to give your high school boys.  There is also a girl version. The information comes from an article in the Gentleman’s Journal entitled 20 Things that Make a Man a Gentleman ( https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/20-things-make-man-gentleman/)  It has a lot to do with manners, consideration of others and presentation.  It may lead to an interesting discussion.  I don’t think our students see men like this on TV, videos or in the movies.  Are You a Gentleman A Simple […]

You’ll Always Know Who Loves You by the Way You are Treated.

Long before I teach the Human Growth and Development unit (Sex-Ed), I have the students write/explain: What LOVE is? What does love look like? How do you know someone loves you? How do you show love? The students talk about feelings. It’s rare when they initially talk about sacrificing for someone else. You sacrifice for what/who you love. This is my opinion, I don’t think a person really knows what love is until they have a baby. For the first […]

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