The Healthy Mind Blog


Q/A: If You Care About Your Virtue ,………….

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:  If you care about your virtue, there are places you shouldn’t go, there are situations you shouldn’t put yourself into and there are people you shouldn’t be alone with or seen with.    True or False      Explain your reasoning. TEACHER NOTE: You know your students.  I’m thinking this is a high school health […]

Q/A: Are you the person, the person you are looking for is looking for?

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: We need healthy relationships with other people.  So, we naturally look for friends.  Whether you are the new person at school, in the neighborhood, or at a job,  you are looking for a friend.  So, what characteristics or type of person will you be looking for or attracted to?  the good looking person the popular […]

Q/A: Do You Have Expectations? Are They Hurting You?

Whether we realize it or not, we all have expectations.  Expectations are strong beliefs that something will happen and when it happens, it will look, feel like ……….. fill in the blank. Expectations are not goals.  Goals are something we think about and when we are serious about them, we write them down.   Expectations: are usually not communicated via thoughts to myself or to others because they are assumed (as in I/he/she/they should have known, behaved better, done better, […]

Q/A:  Why is Saying “Please” Before Issuing a Directive Important? 

We know who our authority figures are.  They are the very people, we know and they know, we have to obey.  When the authority figure says “please” while issuing a directive, it’s more than being polite, thoughtful or courteous.  It preserves the dignity of those in the inferior position, enabling them to feel they are partners, not just a person/servant to be used.

Q/A: Are You Jealous? You Decide!

  Here is an activity where you can pose this simple question to your students the first few minutes of Health Class. Project this on the board or give your students a copy. Ask your students to consider if they ever think these thoughts or have acted them out. Jealousy is a health issue. It leads to unhappy, depressed and lonely people. This information can lead to a discussion if they see evidence of it at school, at home, in […]

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate; That is the Question.

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:  How many of you have had your flu shot this year?    Teacher Response.  This is called self-reporting.  Some people are not comfortable self-reporting anything. Keep this in mind when you see any poll about any subject. People aren’t necessarily telling the truth or answering the question.  For some people, vaccination is a controversial subject […]

Dread Calling Parents??? Try This!

For a long time, I dreaded calling parents because I knew the calls upset the parents. I felt awkward in a dynamic where the parent was embarrassed and many times defensive. I dreaded those calls: when you don’t have good news for a parent, the calls just don’t feel very good. This changed when I became familiar with a concept —- you only have authority if you are under authority. That became the key to positive calls. Most of a teacher’s […]

Q/A: Are We Teaching Our Students to be Offended?

Q/A : Are we encouraging young people to be offended and derailed about things that their parents would have shrugged off while growing up?    This has to do with the ease that people are taking offense, given permission to not get over it and have permission to go to a safe place. EXAMPLES Google, micro aggressions and you get pages of things some people have decided shouldn’t have been said or didn’t say correctly. My concern is people are […]

Q/A: “I Don’t Like That Man. I’m Going to Have To Get To Know Him Better. Abraham Lincoln

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:  “ I don’t like that man.  I’m going to have to get to know him better”.  Abraham Lincoln.  Explain why getting to know a person you don’t necessarily like is a wise idea or a foolish idea. TEACHER NOTE: Here’s the wisdom.  We have friends that we are comfortable with because we have a history […]

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