12/30/2019

Q/A:  Why is Saying “Please” Before Issuing a Directive Important? 

We know who our authority figures are.  They are the very people, we know and they know, we have to obey.  When the authority figure says “please” while issuing a directive, it’s more than being polite, thoughtful or courteous.  It preserves the dignity of those in the inferior position, enabling them to feel they are partners, not just a person/servant to be used.
12/11/2019

Q/A: 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 […]
10/14/2019

Q/A: Are We Teaching Our Students to be Offended?

Q/A : Are we encouraging young people to be offended and derailed about things that their parents would have shrugged off while growing up?    This has to do with the ease that people are taking offense, given permission to not get over it and have permission to go to a safe place. EXAMPLES Google, micro aggressions and you get pages of things some people have decided shouldn’t have been said or didn’t say correctly. My concern is people are […]
09/27/2019

Q/A: “I Don’t Like That Man. I’m Going to Have To Get To Know Him Better. Abraham Lincoln

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:  “ I don’t like that man.  I’m going to have to get to know him better”.  Abraham Lincoln.  Explain why getting to know a person you don’t necessarily like is a wise idea or a foolish idea. TEACHER NOTE: Here’s the wisdom.  We have friends that we are comfortable with because we have a history […]
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. […]
04/06/2019

Q/A: What Really Matters in 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:  What do you really enjoy in life and what gives it meaning? Write 5 examples. In short, what really matters (and what doesn’t matter).   Write the student examples on the board.  Compare them with the thoughts (below) of children who were nearing the end of the time on earth.   Teacher Note Dr Alastair […]
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 […]
02/20/2019

Q/A: Are We Becoming Too Quick to be Offended? Baby it’s Cold Outside

I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or ideas to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: Are we becoming people who are too quick to be offended? The 2018 Christmas controversy was a song that has been in the standard rotation of Christmas classics replayed each December on car radios and in the malls. Baby, it’s Cold Outside was written by a prolific Broadway composer in 1944.  The song won an Academy Award […]
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.  […]

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