07/13/2017
Girl All Alone

Insecurity Makes Students More Likely to Make Bad Decisions!

The students who come thru the door of our health class are dealing with a variety of teenage angst: • constant fear of an inevitable rejection • not being a part of the in crowd • the pressure of good grades which satisfy parents, colleges and /or self • lack of personal success — always second or third • disappointing self, one’s friend, parents, teachers • not having the right clothes • not having the right body type • wanting […]
05/15/2017

This is Why Behavior is More Important Than Feelings!!

I’ve noticed more of our students arrive at school preoccupied / focused on themselves and their feelings.  They are ruled by their emotions which is a recipe for their unhappiness, and everyone around them. This is more than a teenage passing phase.  We do live in a feeling based culture where people are urged to get in touch with their feelings and you have a right to express them freely (sometimes in class).  I don’t see a lot of joy, […]
04/25/2017

How do You Know if Your Friends are True?

Have this personal Health question on the board for your entering students to see, reflect upon then write an answer in preparation for the beginning of class.  This is an important question to think about for all of us (not just teens) because our tendency is to do what our friends do.  They influence our behavior.  So it is important to investigate the different types of friendships while you evaluate your friendships. How do I know if MY friendships are […]
04/11/2017

Why do we allow harmful people into our life?

Parents want their children to have the right type of friends for a very good reason. We know how important friends are. They are the people we got into trouble with when we were kids. We did things with friends we would never have done with our worse enemies.  When you are with your friends, your guard is down and you go with the flow and hope you don’t get caught.  We tend to do what our friends do.  It’s […]
03/01/2017

What do you know about Male Emotions?

  Alison Armstrong is an educator dedicated to helping women and men understand each other. She provides programs and seminars where men and women learn to understand and appreciate each other. She is a guest on The Dennis Prager Radio show 4 times a year on the Wednesday (2nd hour)) Male/female hour.   Dennis Prager describes her as “a person who looks for patterns in life and tries to understand those patterns and then explains them to others”*. She has a […]
11/30/2016

Why are Students Susceptible to Social Pressure?

We have always known that people conform to their social group / current culture. We’ve never really known the reason why. We strongly suspect that people fear: being the odd one out drawing attention to themselves by being different the social cost of being independent of the majority In the 1950s a psychologist named Solomon Asch, conducted a series of psychological experiments on conformity. “The experiments revealed the degree to which a person’s own opinions are influenced by those of […]
07/21/2015

Personality Styles — Who Am I?

Personality Styles lessons are a great way of following up a Goals or Good Intentions unit.  Everyone loves to figure out  — “Who Am I?”   (Once people begin to develop goals and recognize the difference between a goal and a good intention, they then need to understand themselves better) A lot of people struggle with “Who Am I and I wish I could be more like ____________ (fill in the blank)”. We desire the qualities we see in others, while not appreciating, […]

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