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 […]
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 […]
09/07/2017
What is Sex Texting?

Do you know what to do about Sex Texting?

  What is Sexting? There was a front page (that continued to the entire back page) article in the local paper today (April 27, 2017). The local police are going to middle and high schools to explain social media consequences in hopes of preventing future cases of cyberbullying and child pornography. Did you know, one in five teenagers is sending sexually explicit photos electronically? “I didn’t know the consequences, I just knew it was bad” confessed a student after listening […]
03/22/2017

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes the experience / problem / situation and because they are not emotionally involved they come up with an answer as […]
11/08/2016
Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an important (often unspoken) element in Decision Making. Sometimes it’s you who rejects something or someone and sometimes someone else does the rejecting, you don’t fit their style. We don’t like rejection; it snatches away our comfortable zone.   Without people realizing it, we select / reject people and things all the time.  Rejections are based on our likes / dislikes, biases, goals, current cultural norms and assumptions until something or someone catches our interest. Selection / Rejection is […]
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 […]
09/01/2016

What Health Skills Every Middle School Student Needs to Possess Before High School

This is a list of basic skills students should acquire before moving up to High School.  Some are basic and some you might want to consider as new ideas.  Your middle school student must be able to wake themselves up to an alarm clock       without a parent’s help. Once kids are in middle school it is their responsibility, to get themselves up and ready      for school without the help of their parent(s).   Ready for school consists of:  the student packing […]
05/02/2016
I Apologize from the Bottom of my Heart

The Secret to an Effective Apology

  It is important to a parent that their child has a good relationship with the students in their class and their teacher.  An important part of good relationships is cooperative and respectful behavior. Children have to become aware when they are not cooperative and/or disrespectful and how it affects others.  One of the best instructional methods to accomplish this is an effective apology, written to and spoken to each person the child’s misbehavior affects.  That would include: The parent […]
03/21/2016

Apologies Matter — How to Apologize

Apologies matter and here are five reasons why we should teach children how to correctly apologize to peers, adults, and / or friends:  1.  It is a social skill required to maintain relationships with peers, relatives, bosses and a spouse. 2.  Apologies are difficult because: They require humility and recognizing how poorly behaved and hurtful you were. They require sincerity as in you really mean you are sorry. They require someone forgiving you — which is hard because you caused […]

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