11/18/2019

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate; That is the Question.

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:  How many of you have had your flu shot this year?    Teacher Response.  This is called self-reporting.  Some people are not comfortable self-reporting anything. Keep this in mind when you see any poll about any subject. People aren’t necessarily telling the truth or answering the question.  For some people, vaccination is a controversial subject […]
12/16/2018

Q/A Why Didn’t Cavemen Have Cavities?

I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A.  I use it for: a way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. time for me to complete tasks necessary for each class-roll etc. an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. It’s 10% of their final grade. Q/A:   We brush our teeth 3 times a day, we floss (or least we should), we drink […]
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 […]
04/05/2018

Direction — Not Intention — Determines our Destination

An important unit of study in the Health Curriculum is Human Growth and Development (AKA-Sex Ed).  We neglect one very important aspect of Sex ED—the male sexual nature.  Once upon a time people knew that the “Male Sexual Nature” was / is predatory.  Let me define predatory — The male sexual nature is programmed to view women as sexual objects and also to desire to have sex with as many women as possible without consequence. (one major current example — […]
03/22/2018

Are You a Victim? You Might Be a Victim If….

You Might Be a Redneck If … has been a comedic routine made famous by Jeff Foxworthy since 1992 and it still works today because “Being a Redneck is not a Southern thing”.  There is a little bit of redneck in all of us because, if we haven’t done it, we thought of doing it or we know someone who has.  Besides that, when you go down the list of 300 Reasons You Might Be a Redneck you just LAUGH. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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