12/16/2018

Q/A Why Didn’t Cavemen Have Cavities?

I like to begin each class with what I call 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:   We brush our teeth 3 times a day, we floss (or least we should), we drink […]
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 […]
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 […]
10/27/2018

What’s in it for Me? Terrific Activity for Health Class

I’ve always begun class with a question on the board to be answered by the individuals of the class. Sometimes the question is fact based and requires memory, other times the question requires thought. I like to make the kids think as appose to calculate the odds. When it comes to their choices many times they make bets (like gamblers at a horse race). Can I get away with this, will it be worth the effort, can I manage the […]
08/30/2018

Engage Your Students with this Activity: The Importance of the Concept of Stealing

Our kids/us are stealing every day and we do not know it. If we knew it, we wouldn’t be calling what we do: being mean, bullying, gossiping, lying, plagiarizing, etc. Basically, we are stealing. We just don’t think we are until we break the concept down to where a 6 year-old understands. The basis for all law is the 10 commandments. The 8th commandment is Thou Shall Not Steal. “It means we cannot take anything that belongs to another person.”1 […]
07/16/2018

SMOKING/”VAPING” in the Boys Room – 5 minute Activity

Health Class curriculum was developed as prevention education to drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, etc.) and premarital sex (prevention of STD’s and unwed mothers). It was/is a sort of if you do this, you will get that type of curriculum. My generation didn’t have health class, we had parents, the two-parent variety that had an appreciation for DON’T DO’s and common sense. I noticed years ago, the students had little interest in tobacco. They told me, “Mrs. McCoy, smoking wasn’t cool. […]
07/02/2018

Is History Repeating Itself? Everything Old is New Again

I’d rather swim in a pool than in a lake or the ocean. The pool has what the ocean or lake doesn’t; cleaner water and what I consider easily understood safety rules or absolutes such as: The pool has an edge that I can grab onto, where I can easily hold myself up, look around, catch my breath so I don’t have to tread water. It has an ankle-deep area for toddlers to safely play with mothers watchfully hoovering. It […]
06/01/2018

You’ll Always Know Who Loves You by the Way You are Treated.

Long before I teach the Human Growth and Development unit (Sex-Ed), I have the students write/explain: What LOVE is? What does love look like? How do you know someone loves you? How do you show love? The students talk about feelings. It’s rare when they initially talk about sacrificing for someone else. You sacrifice for what/who you love. This is my opinion, I don’t think a person really knows what love is until they have a baby. For the first […]
05/17/2018

The Difference Between Men and Women

The units taught before Sex Ed are The Difference Between Men and Women and What is Love. As a result of the sexual harassment events dominating the news lately and the resulting #MeToo movement, these topics need to be included in our curriculum to facilitate good decision making for our students. Boys and Girls are physically different. I’m talking body parts; I don’t think I need to explain that. Boys and girls are biologically different. That refers to physical strength, […]

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