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Working on Birth Control Lesson

In the past, I’ve shown students all the various types of birth control and how they work. Fine. But I want to do something more interactive. So I’m making a chart for them to fill in and then giving each group a different kind of birth control, having them learn about it (with a handout and the actual thing to look at) and then having them do a “Walk and Talk” where they go around the class and learn about the other groups’ topics.

We’ll see how it goes. It’s more time-intensive, but more engaging and perhaps long-lasting.

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Assess Your Own Health Assignment

Here’s the assignment I gave today, trying to get students to think about ways they are already healthy and ways they can improve their health.  A lot of times, health is taught as a deficit model, sending the message to students that they are unhealthy and doing everything wrong.  My attempt here is to remind them of what they are doing right, as well to get a sense of their writing abilities and gain more knowledge about them as individuals.

They seemed to have a hard time writing and getting started on this. Maybe because it was the second day of school… Maybe because they feel intimidated by writing…. Maybe because my instructions were unclear. We’ll see what the end results are!

Assess Your Own Health!

35 points

Due Date: _________

In order to be the healthiest we can be, it is important to assess (look at and think about) one’s own current state of health. This includes all the components of health listed below.

You must write a 1-2 page essay assessing your own health, including all the ways you are already healthy and thinking about ways you could improve your health.

Part One: Write an introductory paragraph to your essay, giving an overview of your current state of health (you may want to write this AFTER you do Part Two).

Part Two: Write a paragraph for each of the following components of health. In each paragraph, write about ways that you are already healthy, as well as ways you could improve your health.

Physical – Eating healthy food, getting exercise and staying in shape, avoiding drugs and alcohol; being free of sickness and disease (including sexually transmitted diseases); staying safe and avoiding bodily harm; getting enough sleep.

Emotional – Expressing your emotions in a positive, non-destructive way; dealing with your feelings without harming yourself or others.

Social – Having positive relationships with friends, family, teachers, coworkers and all humans; maintaining good communication skills; resolving conflicts without resorting to violence.

Mental – The ability to recognize reality and cope with the demands of life; dealing with stress, grief and depression; having a positive self-esteem.

Spiritual – Having a purpose in life and living according to your values and beliefs.

Environmental – Living in a clean, safe and healthy environment; doing your part to keep the environment around you safe and clean, keeping your food, water and air safe.

Part Three: Write two more paragraphs answering the questions below.

  1. What are some ways you are in control of your own health? What are some ways components of your health are beyond your control?
  2. What is the difference between knowing what is healthy and doing what is healthy? Give some examples from your own life.

Part Four: Write a concluding paragraph, summarizing what you wrote in your essay.

Grading: Each of the 10 paragraphs is worth 3 points, for a total of 30 points. Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation is worth 5 points.

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I’m starting a wiki!

Okay, so I’m going to try this wiki thing with my students this year. After preliminarily trying out the wiki function on the Manual Arts website and realizing that it had a bad interface and wasn’t user-friendly, I explored wikispaces.com and decided to join. I haven’t done much of anything with it yet, but it’s very user-friendly and has a similar interface to wordpress.com.

The wiki I want to create with students is called the Relationship Issues Wiki.

We’ll see how it goes…

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Teaching With Wiki’s!

I’m thinking about creating a wiki with my health classes…. But how exactly would it work?

This webpage tells you what a wiki is.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before starting a wiki.

Here’s a blog about teaching with wiki’s. It’s called Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

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Flexbooks: On-line Textbooks!

Wow! This seems so cool- a website where you can create your own ‘textbook.’ It’s ck12.org. They’re called “flexbooks” and you can decide what kind of content to include from already created chapters or you can create your own chapter. My only concern is that the readymade web resources are only from wikipedia and not more interesting or education focused sites.

I’m trying to think about how I can use this. It seems like it takes a lot of overhead to begin with but then it could be useful once it’s created. One cool thing is that it could be printed out and copied and used as a class set. Hmmm…..

I like!

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Public Service Comics

This is a cool blog, The Comics Bin, about comics and this post is specifically about health issues in comics.

 

Here’s another blog, Paw Quality Comics, about comics and health.

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Diabetic Teen Writes Comic Book

What an awesome way to empower yourself! These kids created a comic book to deal with and educate others about diabetes. 

 

 

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