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 […]
04/26/2019

Why Are We Having Measles Outbreaks?

I like to begin each class with what I call 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:  Measles —among the most contagious diseases—had been eliminated in the U.S. since 2000.    SSSOOOOO, Why […]
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 […]
03/20/2019

Q/A: Where Does Anger fit in Your 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: Where does anger fit in your life? Anger is a strong feeling of intense displeasure, hostility as a result of a real or imagined threat, insult, frustration or injustice toward yourself or others important to you.  It is a destructive emotion that affects a person physically, emotionally and destroys relationships because it makes you want […]
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.  […]
01/30/2019

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 […]
12/16/2018

Q/A Why Didn’t Cavemen Have Cavities?

I like to begin each class with what I call 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:   We brush our teeth 3 times a day, we floss (or least we should), we drink […]
11/09/2018

What Went Wrong

One of my greatest teaching tools is the Dear Abby column. I’ve read the Dear Abby column everyday since I was a teenager.  There were a lot of things I didn’t do because   I read the problems, learned the consequences and decided they would get in the way of my hopes and dreams. My advice to every health teacher and or counselor is to subscribe to a newspaper that features her column every day.  Since the 1950’s the Dear […]
10/27/2018

What’s in it for Me? Terrific Activity for Health Class

I’ve always begun class with a question on the board to be answered by the individuals of the class. Sometimes the question is fact based and requires memory, other times the question requires thought. I like to make the kids think as appose to calculate the odds. When it comes to their choices many times they make bets (like gamblers at a horse race). Can I get away with this, will it be worth the effort, can I manage the […]

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