06/12/2019

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 […]
05/29/2019

Q/A: Your plan is to ruin your life. What habits, attitudes, choices will successfully get the job done—a ruined, unhappy miserable life.

I like to begin class with a Q/A.    Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:  Nobody plans to ruin their life. However, people do ruin their life because they didn’t plan NOT to ruin their life.  It about the choices we make when we are young, naive, foolish and/or inexperienced.   Q/A:  Your plan is to ruin your life.   What habits/attitudes/choices  will successfully get the job done—a ruined, unhappy miserable life. […]
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 […]
04/17/2019

Q/A: To Eat or Not to Eat

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:  During the Thanksgiving season the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged the “U.S. consumers not to eat any Romaine lettuce, retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any” until the current E. Coli outbreak is resolved.  This was on the local and national news for several days.  Two weeks later I didn’t […]
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.  […]
01/01/2019

Do You Have a Fixed Point of Reference

Where Are You?  More Important — Where are You Going? 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 […]
11/22/2018

What’s the Secret Behind Lebron James Success ?

I like to begin each class with what I call a Q/A.  I use it for: a way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. time for me to complete tasks necessary for each class- roll etc. an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. It’s 10% of their final grade. Q/A Intro Lebron James is 33 years old.  He has been to the NBA finals 7 straight […]
05/03/2018

Do You Teach Your Students What to Think or How to Think?

Human Growth and Development (Sex Ed) is the last unit of the quarter. Before I get there, I want my students to view this unit in context of their future hopes and dreams because ultimately that is where our emotions lie. I have never experienced a student who wrote down low, negative or horrible hopes and dreams. Their dreams are always high, good and beautiful. An important part of my student’s tests are cost/benefit analyses of their choices. The big […]
04/19/2018

17 Things People Who Were Raised Right Always Do

  I read a great article, 17 Things People Who Were Raised Right Always Do. I thought what a great activity for our students.    I’ve rewritten it by making it specific to each student in terms of “You do. . . . .”   It gives each student an opportunity to determine if they meet the criteria.  If they do, great.  If they don’t, they have an opportunity to set specific goals for improvement.   At the bottom of […]

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