01/16/2019

Q/A: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

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:  To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo, that is the question.  Is anyone thinking/dreaming about their future tattoo? Has anyone decided absolutely I will NEVER get a tattoo?  How about I will absolutely maybe get a tattoo?   What would be the #1 reason not to get a tattoo / permanent marking?  Write the reasons on […]
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 […]
05/03/2018

Do You Teach Your Students What to Think or How to Think?

Human Growth and Development (Sex Ed) is the last unit of the quarter. Before I get there, I want my students to view this unit in context of their future hopes and dreams because ultimately that is where our emotions lie. I have never experienced a student who wrote down low, negative or horrible hopes and dreams. Their dreams are always high, good and beautiful. An important part of my student’s tests are cost/benefit analyses of their choices. The big […]
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 — […]
03/08/2018

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 […]
08/28/2017
Hot Air Balloons Flying Away

When you do not achieve your goals are you giving up on your dreams?

The headline on the front of the Marietta Journal* sports section in big letters: League Suspends Waller for Season. Followed by, Former North Cobb standout fails second drug test this year. Then the article begins, “Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. It is the second time the former North Cobb High School standout has been suspended by the NFL for substance abuse. He missed […]
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 […]
02/01/2017

How to use a Drug Unit to Challenge Student World Views

                There is always a Drug Unit in Health class because there are a percentage of students: ·       who already do drugs ·       who are curious and are open to experimenting if / when the right opportunity comes up ·       have older family members who use and / or deal drugs ·       will never touch drugs My main focus isn’t how drugs affect the body, it is to challenge teenage ideas / world […]
09/29/2016

Need help when you teach about Addiction– here are 2 great resources

Normally during the teaching of a Drug Unit a teacher: Provides basic facts in regard to immediate, short term, long term effects of drug(s).  The goal is to convince the students — this is not good for you. Provides an opportunity for a cost / benefit analysis — look at your goals; is experimenting with drugs worth messing with your future? Discusses how the absence of serious personal goals, your personality style, and level of self- esteem may affect a […]

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