The Healthy Mind Blog

10/16/2018

The Definition of a Gentleman– an activity for our students

This would be an interesting survey to give your high school boys.  There is also a girl version. The information comes from an article in the Gentleman’s Journal entitled 20 Things that Make a Man a Gentleman ( https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/20-things-make-man-gentleman/)  It has a lot to do with manners, consideration of others and presentation.  It may lead to an interesting discussion.  I don’t think our students see men like this on TV, videos or in the movies.  Are You a Gentleman A Simple […]
09/27/2018

Cursive is Back—- A Public Service Announcement

I remember when it was decided by the WIZARDS OF SMART, that kids didn’t need to learn to write in cursive.  It was a waste of class time for students and teachers.  Cursive writing was passé, old fashioned, behind the times old school.  Computers are new, modern and cool. Last but not least, common core education standards that guide many states’ curriculum policies don’t emphasize it.  TEACHERS:  But, But, But,…kids need to learn to write cursive because: Your signature is in […]
09/13/2018

You Have One Life — An Activity to Grab Your Student’s Attention

  This is an activity that can be used before or after a Goals or Good Intentions or a Decision Making Unit. It is a visual of what has been/will be talked about and worked on. We have hopes and dreams for our future. We also have this one life to enjoy. We live in a time where there is opportunity to accomplish almost anything we want if we use our time and abilities wisely. This is where decision making […]
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 […]
08/02/2018

Your Choices Make You — An Activity

There are no do overs in life. You can’t take anything back, and you can’t undo anything. All of your choices have consequences, and the things you say and do today will have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. You have to understand that, and you have to be aware of it while making your choices. One of the most important lessons of life is that almost everything important is a choice. Attitude is a Choice. Happiness […]
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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Janet McCoy