When thinking about a person’s health and wellness, we tend to think of only physical health. While physical health is important, there are four other vital aspects to consider: social, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. These all fall under the umbrella term of "wellness". If one of these aspects is overlooked, there can be long term impacts that impede student development. The following activities will address, simulate, and analyze personal wellness. Some of your students may either be struggling with a sensitive or traumatic issues. Approaching this unit with delicacy, sensitivity, and professionalism is important.
Conflict is a part of interpersonal relations and is unfortunately unavoidable. Conflict is usually experienced everyday, although minimally, so it may go unnoticed until there is a larger conflict. We may think about a verbal fight with someone we care about as a conflict. While this is true, conflict is also seen in other aspects of life besides interactions with our environment and ourselves. In order to be a successful person in today’s society, we need to be able to react to conflicts effectively.
Teaching teens about reproductive organs is an uncomfortable and intimidating task for anyone. Taking this topic in a scientific approach will relieve much of that stress. Reproductive organs apply to everyone. This is the anatomy of our bodies and from a scientific standpoint, it’s not any different than discussing the heart, brain, etc.
Utilizing proper goal setting techniques will help students effectively hone in on interests and desires. Keeping yourself motivated to reach long term goals is a hurdle individuals must accomplish to reach their intended outcome. A dream is a goal without any action plan. Following the SMART goals format, students can develop their goals with an effective method.
Human sexuality is a nuanced topic and students may be presented with conflicting information. Tackling the topic in the classroom can be a complex task for anyone. Ignoring the topic is no solution. Teens today want to talk about this subject and the role of the teacher is to facilitate the discussion in an educational and progressive manner.
The impact of drug addiction is felt by everyone. While America has around five percent of the world’s population, it consumes about eighty percent of the world’s supply of painkillers. This has led to drug overdoses taking over the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Educating our youth is a critical preventative method to curbing the opioid epidemic.
Make this year more effective by enhancing students' comfort level in your class. Health education covers various topics that, to most, may be a difficult topic to talk about. Personally, this is the reason I enjoy this subject so much. It’s the teacher’s role to create a classroom environment to invoke and support discussion of difficult topics. Comfort and safety is not only important for students to feel around their peers, but to feel with their teacher as well. A health education teacher is a potential resource for students, providing comfort for any students reaching out. Students may challenge themselves in your classroom if they feel it's a safe place.
We are all a result of our decisions. Decision making is an important life skill for students to develop and practice in a safe environment. Making tough decisions can be an anxiety-provoking exercise. These following activities will help develop positive decision makers.
Preventing someone from suffering from an eating disorder is difficult. These activities will help students recognize media’s influence on our body image and expectations, as well as critical warning signs and red flags of an eating disorder. The habits and destructive behaviors of someone suffering from an eating disorder is usually kept hidden in plain sight from the people around them. Engage students with these activities while bringing awareness to a dangerous mental health issue.
The average percentage of visual learners sitting in your classroom is 65%. Storyboard That could be a wonderful tool to help reach the majority of your students in an original and creative manner. Utilizing Storyboard That could be a fun assessment tool, discussion starter, or presentation format for students and teachers. Time efficiency isn’t usually something that is thought about when making stories, but Storyboard That achieves just that. Armed with the drag and drop and copy features, it’ll allow your students to create work in a timely manner.
One in three adolescents will be a victim of either verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Ignoring this topic in our schools will not lower these numbers. As teachers, we are limited to the small amount of time we have in our classrooms to make an impact on student decision-making. Aspects of unhealthy relationships can take many forms and be tough to talk about. The following lessons and resources will be another tool in your in classroom discussion.
One in five students each year is bullied in some way, shape, or form. The impact of bullying on the victim is immense, usually leading to increased anxiety, depression, and loss of interest. These effects usually continue into teenage years and adulthood. It’s imperative to talk about this with your students
Let’s be honest, students dread written work in a class designated to increase physical activity and improve social skills. We can make these assessments more exciting and fun for students. Yeah, that’s right, fun assessments.
When children have high self esteem, they make positive decisions that better themselves. Poor self esteem may lead to more destructive decisions. These decisions may be as little as not joining a team/club, or as risky as crumbling under peer pressure. Enable students to build a positive self concept and help students help themselves.
Throughout a student's education they more than likely will experience some form of peer pressure. Arming students with the knowledge and skills to refuse negative peer pressure and support positive peer pressure will create a better environment for all. These activities, suggestions, and content will help you get these important messages across.
With the rise of social media in recent decades, educators have seen an increase in both cyberbullying and traditional bullying among school-aged youth. In recognition of this, many schools have made bullying awareness and prevention a priority. The first step in making a difference is education. Faculty, staff, parents, and students all need to be educated in identifying, responding to, and preventing bullying.
Here at Storyboard That, we believe every student should have the right to a quality education, free of intimidation. We have found that by using storyboards to create role-playing scenarios, students can better see the effects and characteristics of bullying. Through interactive lessons, you can help change student mindsets from “bullying is a problem” to “bullying is a problem, and I can do something about it”.