06/23/2020

Q/A: Which is More Dangerous, Anger or Contempt?  Explain Your Answer.

Anger can engage and contempt can separate. So, what is more dangerous, anger or contempt?
05/29/2020
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:  What’s the difference between I HAVE TO and I GET TO? Make a short list of your I HAVE TO s    and a list of your  I GET TO s Q/A:   What I HAVE TO or  I GET TO  do you enjoy the most?    Explain Why. Q/A:  What would it take in […]
04/22/2020

Life is a Choice — Weekly Thoughts to Share

Life is a Choice — Here is a selction of 5 minute activities where students copy the advice and compose two to three sentences why they agree or disagree (just pick a thought for the day). 1. No is a complicated word. “No” can mean “No”. Sometimes “No” means “Not yet”. Sometimes “No” means “Too soon”. Sometimes “No” means “Keep trying and / or Maybe Yes”. No is a complicated word. 2. People can’t control what they get in life […]
04/08/2020

Q/A: You Should Act Happy Even When You Are Not

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: You Should Act Happy Even When You Don’t Feel Like It? Have student write a short paragraph where they agree or disagree with the idea. Yes, I think I should act happy even when I don’t feel like it because….. No, I don’t think I should act happy when I don’t feel like it because…… […]
01/15/2020

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, […]
12/11/2019

Q/A: Are You Jealous? You Decide!

  Here is an activity where you can pose this simple question to your students the first few minutes of Health Class. Project this on the board or give your students a copy. Ask your students to consider if they ever think these thoughts or have acted them out. Jealousy is a health issue. It leads to unhappy, depressed and lonely people. This information can lead to a discussion if they see evidence of it at school, at home, in […]
06/27/2019

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 […]
02/08/2019

Q/A: Feeling Down? Pay Attention to Your Language

  I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. It is also: A way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. It gives me time to complete tasks necessary for each class-roll etc. It is also an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. Here is an example: Q/A  Feeling Down?  Pay Attention to Your Language.  […]
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 […]

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