11/22/2018

What’s the Secret Behind Lebron James Success ?

I like to begin each class with what I call a 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 Intro Lebron James is 33 years old.  He has been to the NBA finals 7 straight […]
11/09/2018

What Went Wrong

One of my greatest teaching tools is the Dear Abby column. I’ve read the Dear Abby column everyday since I was a teenager.  There were a lot of things I didn’t do because   I read the problems, learned the consequences and decided they would get in the way of my hopes and dreams. My advice to every health teacher and or counselor is to subscribe to a newspaper that features her column every day.  Since the 1950’s the Dear […]
10/27/2018

What’s in it for Me? Terrific Activity for Health Class

I’ve always begun class with a question on the board to be answered by the individuals of the class. Sometimes the question is fact based and requires memory, other times the question requires thought. I like to make the kids think as appose to calculate the odds. When it comes to their choices many times they make bets (like gamblers at a horse race). Can I get away with this, will it be worth the effort, can I manage the […]
10/16/2018

The Definition of a Gentleman– an activity for our students

This would be an interesting survey to give your high school boys.  There is also a girl version. The information comes from an article in the Gentleman’s Journal entitled 20 Things that Make a Man a Gentleman ( https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/20-things-make-man-gentleman/)  It has a lot to do with manners, consideration of others and presentation.  It may lead to an interesting discussion.  I don’t think our students see men like this on TV, videos or in the movies.  Are You a Gentleman A Simple […]
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 […]
09/13/2018

You Have One Life — An Activity to Grab Your Student’s Attention

  This is an activity that can be used before or after a Goals or Good Intentions or a Decision Making Unit. It is a visual of what has been/will be talked about and worked on. We have hopes and dreams for our future. We also have this one life to enjoy. We live in a time where there is opportunity to accomplish almost anything we want if we use our time and abilities wisely. This is where decision making […]
08/30/2018

Engage Your Students with this Activity: The Importance of the Concept of Stealing

Our kids/us are stealing every day and we do not know it. If we knew it, we wouldn’t be calling what we do: being mean, bullying, gossiping, lying, plagiarizing, etc. Basically, we are stealing. We just don’t think we are until we break the concept down to where a 6 year-old understands. The basis for all law is the 10 commandments. The 8th commandment is Thou Shall Not Steal. “It means we cannot take anything that belongs to another person.”1 […]
08/02/2018

Your Choices Make You — An Activity

There are no do overs in life. You can’t take anything back, and you can’t undo anything. All of your choices have consequences, and the things you say and do today will have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. You have to understand that, and you have to be aware of it while making your choices. One of the most important lessons of life is that almost everything important is a choice. Attitude is a Choice. Happiness […]
07/16/2018

SMOKING/”VAPING” in the Boys Room – 5 minute Activity

Health Class curriculum was developed as prevention education to drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, etc.) and premarital sex (prevention of STD’s and unwed mothers). It was/is a sort of if you do this, you will get that type of curriculum. My generation didn’t have health class, we had parents, the two-parent variety that had an appreciation for DON’T DO’s and common sense. I noticed years ago, the students had little interest in tobacco. They told me, “Mrs. McCoy, smoking wasn’t cool. […]

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