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 […]
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.  […]
09/27/2018

Cursive is Back—- A Public Service Announcement

I remember when it was decided by the WIZARDS OF SMART, that kids didn’t need to learn to write in cursive.  It was a waste of class time for students and teachers.  Cursive writing was passé, old fashioned, behind the times old school.  Computers are new, modern and cool. Last but not least, common core education standards that guide many states’ curriculum policies don’t emphasize it.  TEACHERS:  But, But, But,…kids need to learn to write cursive because: Your signature is in […]
12/14/2017

Seventeen Inches — “Don’t Widen the Plate.”

Wishing you all the best in 2018 and always:  happiness, love, health, joy and everything you can possibly wish for!  Hope all your dreams come true, no matter how big they are! Be sure to email me or make comments on the website if you like something or want to suggest something for us to discuss.  Janet McCoy at:  janet@thehealthymindcurriculum.com The Healthy Mind Curriculum Blog is taking a Holiday Break until after the New Year.  But, we will leave you with […]
09/07/2017
What is Sex Texting?

Do you know what to do about Sex Texting?

  What is Sexting? There was a front page (that continued to the entire back page) article in the local paper today (April 27, 2017). The local police are going to middle and high schools to explain social media consequences in hopes of preventing future cases of cyberbullying and child pornography. Did you know, one in five teenagers is sending sexually explicit photos electronically? “I didn’t know the consequences, I just knew it was bad” confessed a student after listening […]
07/27/2017
Unsure Girl

What will you do for love? — I Hate Consequences!

As I read the article, Christian High School Doubles Down on Banning Pregnant Student from Graduation, I’m reminded of 3 topics of health curriculum • What Will You Do for love / acceptance? sex, drugs,. . . . . • Are short term pleasures worth the long term consequence • Establish boundaries or Guardrails* to protect future goals Maddi Runkles has become a hot topic in social media and on talk radio. She is the 18 year old attending a […]
03/22/2017

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes the experience / problem / situation and because they are not emotionally involved they come up with an answer as […]
10/06/2016

The Difference between Excellence and Perfection

Excellence isn’t about an IQ or ability, excellence simply means doing the very best you can with the abilities and resources you have available.  It’s about effort — keep on keeping on.  It’s about recognizing weaknesses and going thru a process to eliminate those weaknesses.  Perfection is an unattainable ideal. With effort and desire, excellence is achievable. In the midst of excellence we can attain a fleeting moment of perfection.  That moment is life changing because something important is learned; […]
09/29/2016

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 […]

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