09/07/2017
What is Sex Texting?

Do you know what to do about Sex Texting?

  What is Sexting? There was a front page (that continued to the entire back page) article in the local paper today (April 27, 2017). The local police are going to middle and high schools to explain social media consequences in hopes of preventing future cases of cyberbullying and child pornography. Did you know, one in five teenagers is sending sexually explicit photos electronically? “I didn’t know the consequences, I just knew it was bad” confessed a student after listening […]
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 […]
06/22/2017
Bill Cosby during Sexual Assault Trial -- Was Justice Served?

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?  My students could tell you because they knew about how sexual court cases are judged by people using common sense.  I knew and my students would have known the day Andrea Constand (Cosby’s accuser) testified in court, that she was not going to win her case. You need 12 jurors for a conviction; for a case dismissal all you need is 1 juror. With her reported story, there was no way […]
05/15/2017

This is Why Behavior is More Important Than Feelings!!

I’ve noticed more of our students arrive at school preoccupied / focused on themselves and their feelings.  They are ruled by their emotions which is a recipe for their unhappiness, and everyone around them. This is more than a teenage passing phase.  We do live in a feeling based culture where people are urged to get in touch with their feelings and you have a right to express them freely (sometimes in class).  I don’t see a lot of joy, […]
04/25/2017

How do You Know if Your Friends are True?

Have this personal Health question on the board for your entering students to see, reflect upon then write an answer in preparation for the beginning of class.  This is an important question to think about for all of us (not just teens) because our tendency is to do what our friends do.  They influence our behavior.  So it is important to investigate the different types of friendships while you evaluate your friendships. How do I know if MY friendships are […]
04/11/2017

Why do we allow harmful people into our life?

Parents want their children to have the right type of friends for a very good reason. We know how important friends are. They are the people we got into trouble with when we were kids. We did things with friends we would never have done with our worse enemies.  When you are with your friends, your guard is down and you go with the flow and hope you don’t get caught.  We tend to do what our friends do.  It’s […]
03/22/2017

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes the experience / problem / situation and because they are not emotionally involved they come up with an answer as […]
03/15/2017

Should you know if Ideology or Principled Position Matters?

This is an important tool to help students of all ages distinguish the characteristic marks of a person who uses the language of ideology versus a person who uses the language of a principled position.  Not every person arguing vigorously for a position is putting forth an ideology.  Some actually are expressing what they believe is a serious position and enjoy discussing with a person who has a different opinion.  Once upon a time, this was how someone learned to […]
03/01/2017

What do you know about Male Emotions?

  Alison Armstrong is an educator dedicated to helping women and men understand each other. She provides programs and seminars where men and women learn to understand and appreciate each other. She is a guest on The Dennis Prager Radio show 4 times a year on the Wednesday (2nd hour)) Male/female hour.   Dennis Prager describes her as “a person who looks for patterns in life and tries to understand those patterns and then explains them to others”*. She has a […]

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