Q/A: Do You Have Expectations? Are They Hurting You?

Whether we realize it or not, we all have expectations.  Expectations are strong beliefs that something will happen and when it happens, it will look, feel like ……….. fill in the blank. Expectations are not goals.  Goals are something we think about and when we are serious about them, we write them down.   Expectations: are usually not communicated via thoughts to myself or to others because they are assumed (as in I/he/she/they should have known, behaved better, done better, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Type of Friend are YOU?

It’s important you surround yourself with good friends. You can tell what type of friend you are by paying attention – look at Aristotle’s description of friendship. Aristotle described three kinds of friendship — note not everyone is a best friend. After looking at the models below, you’ll be better equipped to evaluate your friendships. #1 Useful or selfish friendships — you buy stuff from and sell stuff to people. You are useful to each other, and you wish each […]

Great Q/A for a Nutrition Unit–The Potato, an Indispensable Food

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:  Define the term  Staple Food?  A staple food (sometimes simply referred to as a staple) is a food that is eaten routinely, and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet in a given population, supplying a large fraction of the needs for energy-rich materials and generally a significant proportion […]

Are You a Joy To Be With?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.    Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: Every good thing requires effort.  That includes happiness and being a joy to others. Here’s the big question:  Are You A Joy To Be With?     Somethings to consider before you say Yeah or Nay  Are you easy to be with? Are you fun to be with? Are you someone people can talk with (you […]

Q/A: Are You a Faithful Person

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:  Faithfulness is one of the most important qualities in a person’s life.  A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable.  If you were a faithful person, describe the behaviors/characteristics you would be demonstrating everyday. After you students provide what they consider faithful behaviors provide the list below.  These are characteristics of a faithful person.    Challenge […]

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