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Take Your Health Classroom in Different Directions

By Patrick Healey

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The average percentage of visual learners sitting in your classroom is 65%. This may also mean they find it more helpful to express their understanding visually. Storyboard That is a wonderful tool that can help reach the majority of your students in an original and creative manner. It can be used as a fun assessment tool, discussion starter, or presentation format for students and teachers. Students will be able to create their work in a timely manner and connect better with the content and the lesson's learning objectives.

The goal of most scenario activities in the health class is real-life practice and application. Several health education lessons throughout a school year will include scenarios of some sort, and they're an important category of activities. Scenarios allow students to work through problems in a real-life setting without necessarily having to do improv in front of the class. Using Storyboard That, teachers can have students work through different scenarios, imagine themselves in them, or create their own comics. When they create characters that look like themselves or others, students may be creating a different connection that was not there before. Building connections with content is an underlying educational goal for helping students retain content.






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Storyboard That provides students who lack the ability to put their thoughts and ideas into a drawing or visuals the opportunity to be creative. Through manipulating scenes and changing characters' movement and facial expression, Storyboard That gives students a very powerful tool that can help them express messages and thoughts in a way they may not have been able to before. When students feel successful, they are more internally motivated to achieve more things. No one wants to fail or be frustrated in their own capabilities.

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Creativity has always been a difficult aspect to measurable in a rubric. Taking out the need to create the art gives every student the ability to be creative and allows each teacher to see the level of effort put into the work. It also allows for consistency with relation to measurability. When each student has the same tools, we have an even playing field. Let’s see how far they can take Storyboard That in your class!


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Vocabulary and Terminology

Introducing terminology usually takes place at the beginning of a lesson or unit, and is a fundamental building block for trying to understanding broad concepts. At times, some definitions may blend together for students, so incorporating a visual aid for these terms may assist students with understanding and internalizing the differences. When using Storyboard That, you’ll be able to combine more than one dynamic of understanding in an attention-grabbing way. The example below shows an activity using visual learning with verbal learning. It's a highly effective method for vocabulary introduction and retention.


Bullying Vocabulary
Bullying Vocabulary

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Relationship Scenarios

Most health education curriculum usually contains subjects and content that may be sensitive and challenge social norms. I believe this is what makes Health such an important subject for students. Using Storyboard That as a way to introduce and elaborate on tough topics through visual creation will allow for seamless instruction. Some students may feel apprehensive about covering these subjects. Using stories to tell messages is a great way to help ease the tension. Other students may feel a disconnect from certain cultures or beliefs. Again, Storyboard That’s personalization of characters, scenes, and objects allows for anyone to connect with your content.


Red Flags of Unhealthy Relationships
Red Flags of Unhealthy Relationships

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Decision Making & Impacts

The T-Chart layout works perfectly when used during a nutrition unit. When discussing the impact of decisions like healthier eating habits or physical activity, you’ll be able to have your students compare outcomes side-by-side. Creating visual aids to help students with the essential nutrients through the spider map layout will reach your visual learners. Using that same activity as a summative assessment for your nutrition unit may spice up a dull topic for some students. Whether or not the students are individually working and sharing work or working in a group setting, they’ll be visualizing and creating outcomes of a healthy lifestyle.


Increase vs Decrease in Exercise
Increase vs Decrease in Exercise

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Decision Making

Practicing decision making and analyzing possible outcomes in a safe format is especially imperative during a unit on addiction or eating disorders. When students are faced with decisions in life, they will have to make their minds up quickly. Practicing positive decision making will help students develop the skills to implement quick and positive decision making in the real world.

I sometimes find myself struggling to give students relevant scenarios and keep up with what young people are concerned about. With Storyboard That, students are able to create their own scenes with their own ideas; students are creating the realistic situation the teachers are looking for. Not only does this make the learning more personable, it allows teachers to be better aware of the things going on around them.


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In my own classroom, I’ve used a cartoon strip as a summative project for my students. The activity asked them to create a refusal skill scenario where someone refused peer pressure. The students enjoyed this project because they were able to create something for a grade instead of having to writing an essay. Because of the excellent, expressive art that on Storyboard That, students can personalize their creations. Give your students the ability to express themselves in a fun way while meeting curriculum standards with Storyboard That.

And if you're looking to create custom resources for your classroom, check out the plethora of worksheet templates and poster templates available. I have found these immensely helpful in tailoring additional practice activities to the students I'm currently teaching.



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