01/30/2019

Are You Generous? Q/A

TRUE GENEROSITY 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   Are you a generous person?  I consider myself a generous person because…… I am not a generous person because……. TEACHER HINT:  a generous person is someone who is other oriented.  In other words, when a generous person sees someone in need, they see an opportunity to express a generosity of spirit.  Generosity […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
12/14/2017

Seventeen Inches — “Don’t Widen the Plate.”

Wishing you all the best in 2018 and always:  happiness, love, health, joy and everything you can possibly wish for!  Hope all your dreams come true, no matter how big they are! Be sure to email me or make comments on the website if you like something or want to suggest something for us to discuss.  Janet McCoy at:  janet@thehealthymindcurriculum.com The Healthy Mind Curriculum Blog is taking a Holiday Break until after the New Year.  But, we will leave you with […]
11/16/2017

Which is Better — an Individual Thinker or a Team Player?

Which is better, being an individual thinker or being a team player?  Is it possible to be both?  Well, Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America) insinuated nearly 200 years ago that there was a possibility Americans were both.  While touring the 13 colonies he observed a basic tension in our national character that was / is an important contradiction of American life.  The tension was between Americans placing a big stress on individual rights, but they were also big conformist.  […]
11/02/2017

What is the #1 Predictor of Success in School & in Life?

According to Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher turned psychologist, GRIT is the factor that will determine whether a student will succeed or fail. According to Angela, GRIT is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. GRIT is stamina. GRIT is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. GRIT is living life like it’s a marathon, not a […]
10/20/2017

It Matters What Children See and Hear

It matters what children see and hear. They breathe it in like air and will model it before your eyes. Their models are their parents and family members — we know what we know from our families. We inadvertently do what they do without even knowing it until someone points it out. My daughter sent me a video of my 11 month old grandchild. She was “reading a book.” She knew just what to do with a book. You sit […]
10/06/2017

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 […]

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