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 […]
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 […]
01/24/2017

How to Always Have Boyfriends! Women are Powerful!

Life was simpler when I was young. We knew boys / men were different than girls / women, each had their separate roles in life, the cultural and religious moral code was similar, so there were culturally agreed upon expectations and standards. We did not have a health class. I did see a video explaining the male and reproductive system in Biology and I didn’t pay attention. I was 16 and totally uninterested. Yet, we knew what the current generation […]
11/15/2016

Introverts Can Bring Great Value to the Class – TRY THIS!

Let’s see how we can encourage introverts to verbally participate more in class.  A students’ willingness to discuss, ask questions and/or express an opinion, make any class more interesting, fun yet challenging for everyone. After reading the book Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I learned that the most innovative and creative thinkers are not the self-promoters / extroverts, or strong personalities found in every classroom / workplace. They are […]
11/02/2016
Sex Education

Sex Education is all About Choices — Know What They Are!!

It’s the last few weeks of the quarter / semester so it’s time to prepare students for Human Growth and Development (AKA Sex Education).   Therefore, I prepare the students for the Sex Education unit by using literature and music while teaching the following units: The Difference between Men and Women followed by the unit, What is Love? Steps of Intimacy These units engage the students because they transition so smoothly into Sex Ed.  Before you talk about sex, there should […]
10/12/2016
Two High School Girls

Do you Know Either of these High School Girls?

The story of 2 High School Girls — Gertrude and Bertha, is a comparative story. Jackie Brewton used to illustrate the advantages of not having sex before marriage during my health class. By example, Jackie taught me the importance of stories in revealing a moral point without being over bearing. The listener relates / becomes the character in the story. By the end of the story no one wants to be Bertha; the students emotionally live thru three relatable incidents […]
10/06/2016

The Difference between Excellence and Perfection

Excellence isn’t about an IQ or ability, excellence simply means doing the very best you can with the abilities and resources you have available.  It’s about effort — keep on keeping on.  It’s about recognizing weaknesses and going thru a process to eliminate those weaknesses.  Perfection is an unattainable ideal. With effort and desire, excellence is achievable. In the midst of excellence we can attain a fleeting moment of perfection.  That moment is life changing because something important is learned; […]
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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