What Health Skills Every Middle School Student Needs to Possess Before High School

This is a list of basic skills students should acquire before moving up to High School.  Some are basic and some you might want to consider as new ideas.  Your middle school student must be able to wake themselves up to an alarm clock       without a parent’s help. Once kids are in middle school it is their responsibility, to get themselves up and ready      for school without the help of their parent(s).   Ready for school consists of:  the student packing […]

Goal Setting: It’s The DOING That Matters

  Somewhere sometime during school, many students are introduced to the concept of goal setting.  I was never told about Goal Setting but somehow when I was 12 I decided 4 things.  I would become a Physical Education Teacher:  I could play games all day with kids and wear shorts, a sleeveless blouse and tennis shoes to work instead of a dress, girdle, stockings and high heels.  I also would be able to drive to work in a convertible sports […]

The Goal: How a Genuine Apology Changes Behavior

The point of a genuine apology serves as the first step toward true behavior change.  A true apology leads you back to that person / persons you offended with the purpose of making things right. The process of making things right requires humility and expression of sorrow.    The sincerity of your apology is measured by the change in behavior; there needs to be an agreement of what that behavior change will be. There is a certain amount of honor […]
I Apologize from the Bottom of my Heart

The Secret to an Effective Apology

  It is important to a parent that their child has a good relationship with the students in their class and their teacher.  An important part of good relationships is cooperative and respectful behavior. Children have to become aware when they are not cooperative and/or disrespectful and how it affects others.  One of the best instructional methods to accomplish this is an effective apology, written to and spoken to each person the child’s misbehavior affects.  That would include: The parent […]
Changing Behavior

How to Fundamentals of Successful Behavior Change

  Parents, Teachers, and School Systems all are looking for successful behavior changes in students.  Often a school discipline protocol is just that — a protocol for the teacher to follow to document student behavior.  These protocols are to demonstrate to parents and the administration that they are effective yet compassionate teachers who: communicate with parents don’t unfairly assign a student to silent lunch or give an unfair conduct grade It is something to say to parents and / or […]
Get Students More Focused

How to Get Students More Focused In the Classroom

In order to get students more focused in the classroom, engagement is the name of the education game.  To engage students, I make health class personal.   I worked in public schools, so my engagement strategy was to sandwich every health topic between the student’s family history (we tend to repeat family / my personal history) and the student’s goals (future hopes and dreams).  The subjects of drugs, sex, and nutrition were structured according to: Subject information / facts Family’s history […]

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Janet McCoy