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: Why don’t we learn from others’ mistakes?
(Could it be, we know there are consequences. We may even see the consequences. Wisdom whispers, “that can happen to you”. NAH
Q/A: If people learned from others’ mistakes…….life would be easier.
T F Explain your answer.
A great article for the kids to read and discuss (Compare and contrast) Were they told not to vape? Did they listen? If they are like these teens, what do they fear? (Not fitting in? Why is that so important? )
Teens Voice New Fears on Vaping from the WSJ.
One student said “I always heard from adults, “Vaping is bad,” but I never understood why. (ME—My parents told me don’t smoke; it’s bad—while they smoked.) All that stuff we teach in health class is abstract information to students. It’s only when some people are getting real sick and others have died, that kids are going “OOHHH vaping is not good. That could be me.”
Griffin Gothman, a senior “ My friends were doing it when I would go hang out with them. I didn’t want to be left out and miss out on the fun they’re having”.
Cole Fischer (17) “Your friends do it, so why would you be that one person who doesn’t do it?” (I think they know the answer to this question. )
The administrators and teachers believe “The underlying reason kids vape isn’t to look cool or fit in, but to connect with other kids.”—-
I think as health teachers, there needs to be a discussion with our students What are you willing to do, to connect with your friends?
What Kind of Friend are You?
The messages about vaping have been general. There has been a rush to find the cause of why so many people got sick. This is article is specific concerning the cause.
Muddled Message About Vaping Causes Costly Confusion
Evidence is pointing to e-cigarette products containing THC (THC is what makes marijuana—Marijuana). These are not like the regulated, legal e-cigs like Juul. This opens up a conversation about Marijuana— (not good for the lungs) I use brain scans Normal brain, alcohol brain, marijuana brain during my Marijuana Unit. I ask questions like, “Which brain will help you accomplish your goals in life. Do you have goals or are they just good intentions”
Pot Legalization Makes Vaping Deadly
This article is more detailed and scarier “ Vape cartridges are prefilled, users don’t know what they’re getting…….can contain contaminates that, when heated, produce gases that can directly injure the lungs.”
It’’s interesting how things progress thru the years; I remember:
Kids are vaping for the same reason my parents smoked. Cross out the kid name and replace in with my Mom or my Dad. Nothing has changed. Different generation but the reasons are the same.
Griffin Gothman, a senior/my Mom “ My friends were doing it when I would go hang out with them. I didn’t want to be left out and miss out on the fun they’re having”.
Cole Fischer (17)/My Dad “Your friends do it, so why would you be that one person who doesn’t do it?”
My Dad quit smoking after he endured lip cancer.
My Mom waited until she had chronic bronchitis. Years after Dad had lip cancer.
If people learned from others’ mistakes…….life would be easier.
I didn’t smoke. I didn’t want to spent my money on cigarettes. I had other habits . My friends didn’t smoke. hmmmmm
What motivates our choices?