02/01/2018

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 […]
07/13/2017
Girl All Alone

Insecurity Makes Students More Likely to Make Bad Decisions!

The students who come thru the door of our health class are dealing with a variety of teenage angst: • constant fear of an inevitable rejection • not being a part of the in crowd • the pressure of good grades which satisfy parents, colleges and /or self • lack of personal success — always second or third • disappointing self, one’s friend, parents, teachers • not having the right clothes • not having the right body type • wanting […]
05/15/2017

This is Why Behavior is More Important Than Feelings!!

I’ve noticed more of our students arrive at school preoccupied / focused on themselves and their feelings.  They are ruled by their emotions which is a recipe for their unhappiness, and everyone around them. This is more than a teenage passing phase.  We do live in a feeling based culture where people are urged to get in touch with their feelings and you have a right to express them freely (sometimes in class).  I don’t see a lot of joy, […]
04/25/2017

How do You Know if Your Friends are True?

Have this personal Health question on the board for your entering students to see, reflect upon then write an answer in preparation for the beginning of class.  This is an important question to think about for all of us (not just teens) because our tendency is to do what our friends do.  They influence our behavior.  So it is important to investigate the different types of friendships while you evaluate your friendships. How do I know if MY friendships are […]
04/11/2017

Why do we allow harmful people into our life?

Parents want their children to have the right type of friends for a very good reason. We know how important friends are. They are the people we got into trouble with when we were kids. We did things with friends we would never have done with our worse enemies.  When you are with your friends, your guard is down and you go with the flow and hope you don’t get caught.  We tend to do what our friends do.  It’s […]
03/08/2017

Do Circumstance or Choice Matter in the End?

  Place the sentence below on the board.  As your students enter class, ask them to write a paragraph answering this philosophical question. Are you a victim of your circumstances or a product of your choices? Once this is done: •   ask for students to discuss their thoughts •   discuss the Teacher Notes •   use a story from local news Where you can discuss local news articles in terms of was this person / these people a victim of their […]
11/15/2016

Introverts Can Bring Great Value to the Class – TRY THIS!

Let’s see how we can encourage introverts to verbally participate more in class.  A students’ willingness to discuss, ask questions and/or express an opinion, make any class more interesting, fun yet challenging for everyone. After reading the book Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I learned that the most innovative and creative thinkers are not the self-promoters / extroverts, or strong personalities found in every classroom / workplace. They are […]
07/21/2015

Personality Styles — Who Am I?

Personality Styles lessons are a great way of following up a Goals or Good Intentions unit.  Everyone loves to figure out  — “Who Am I?”   (Once people begin to develop goals and recognize the difference between a goal and a good intention, they then need to understand themselves better) A lot of people struggle with “Who Am I and I wish I could be more like ____________ (fill in the blank)”. We desire the qualities we see in others, while not appreciating, […]

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