03/07/2019

Q/A What Do You Regret

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:    In Daniel Gilbert’s 2006 Book, “Stumbling on Happiness,”  Mr Gilbert writes:  “In the long run, people of every age, and in every walk of life seem to regret not having done things much more than they regret things they did. In the spirit of Daniel Gilbert’s book,  What is your greatest regret? Was it […]
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 […]
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 […]
03/08/2018

What is your Health Class’s Main Focus?

When I interviewed for a Health teaching position, I was asked how I would teach Health.    My reply was, I focus on one key thing, my student’s future hopes and dreams.  The Principal pulled out our State Health Standards, tapped on the page and said what does hopes and dreams have to do with these Health Standards?  My answer was, Mr. ____________ if you don’t have hopes and dreams, it doesn’t really matter what you do today. So, steal […]
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 […]
01/08/2018

Do You Have a New Years Resolution activity? Well Here’s one

I do like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s like the first day of school.  It represents a fresh start or a new beginning.   It’s an opportunity to exchange one desire for another.  An example:  I’ve decided to exchange my desire for my daily can of ice cold Coca Cola, for my desire to have a waist 2 inches smaller.  I have a specific purpose.  I want a slimmer look via the elimination of love handles.  I’m willing […]
01/03/2018

What Do Your Choices Say About You?

Every day we are confronted with trivial choices and decisions that we must make. A choice implies I have to decide between this and that. Of course, doing nothing is also a choice. But, we let choices / decisions slide because they are trivial. We don’t sweat the small stuff; we let small stuff slide out of sight and out of mind. Sooner or later we are confronted with a BIG choice we don’t want to make. If I choose […]
08/28/2017
Hot Air Balloons Flying Away

When you do not achieve your goals are you giving up on your dreams?

The headline on the front of the Marietta Journal* sports section in big letters: League Suspends Waller for Season. Followed by, Former North Cobb standout fails second drug test this year. Then the article begins, “Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. It is the second time the former North Cobb High School standout has been suspended by the NFL for substance abuse. He missed […]
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 […]

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