Self-Management/Health Enhancing Behaviors Activity

Our health education department has been revamping how we teach the content portion of our skills-based curriculum by working to develop activities that are student centered. In this post, I want to share an idea we took from the social studies department in our school, and provide links to templates you can use in your own health class. There’s also a link to a folder that we (health teachers from across the US) are trying to fill with skills-based health education activities at the end of this post.

I enjoy getting into other teacher’s classrooms whenever I can, even if it’s just to look around. Spending time seeing how other teachers do things, even from different subject areas and grade levels, can provide meaningful information on how we can improve as educators.

Earlier this year, I was asked to cover a geography class during one of my prep blocks. In our building, we can put in to be a (paid) “spot sub” when the school doesn’t have enough subs to cover all the classes needed for the day. I don’t always say yes, but I often do because teachers typically leave lesson plans that are easy to follow.

I ramble a little here, but I think it’s important in order to understand the assignment. During this particular geography class, a review activity was planned for the day. The geography teacher had placed different resources around the room in stations: physical map, political maps, climate maps, charts with economic data, etc. Students worked in pairs and were asked to pick a card from a pile in the front of the room. Each card was numbered as a different challenge and required different resources to complete the challenge.

After reading the challenge, students had to first determine the appropriate resource to use in order to correctly complete the challenge. When they thought they had correctly completed the challenge, students were to come up to me. Then I, armed with the answer key from their teacher, would simply point to one of three color cards on the desk: Green (Go Ahead!), Yellow (Go Back & Fix Something) or Red (STOP! Start Over). When pointing to a yellow or red card for the first time on any challenge, I was told NOT to give the students any clue as to what was incorrect so they could figure it out themselves. If they came back again and it was still yellow, then I could provide a hint (“Maybe you should use a different map,” or “I’d re-read the instructions because they’re very specific”). Students could only work on one challenge at a time, and the activity continued until all the challenges were completed.

Students were engaged during this lesson. They were accessing information and analyzing it, and they were communicating with their peers. It was a kinesthetic activity that required movement around the room. Naturally, I figured we could use this in health class, so I left that class and told my colleague, Danielle, what the lesson was and that we should use something similar in health class.

One thing you should know about the working relationship Danielle and I have is that we have two very different styles that work very well together. I am (overly) methodical, focused on planning, and typically won’t try something unless I’ve made sure it’s put together. Danielle excels at jumping in with two feet and just going for it full speed ahead, and is creative enough to roll with something on the fly. Danielle listened to my idea and whipped up a “Challenge Packet” for our eighth graders to complete during their health enhancing behaviors & sun safety unit. Instead of making separate cards for each challenge we just made one packet with separate boxes for each one. We then created a “Challenge Packet” for our sixth grade health enhancing behaviors/nutrition unit. These challenges go over content or have students review health skills from the national standards.

The sequence is the same as in the geography class. Students are given different challenges, and provided with resources to help them complete each challenge. 

This is an activity that could work with other National Health Education Standards, like accessing information. Students could examine information first, determine if the resource is valid and reliable, and then move on from there. So essentially you could use this as a skill practice. For us, we took what would normally be a teacher centered, more lecture style lesson, and made it student centered. Because we’re a 1:1 school, we have some information for students to look at on their Chromebooks, but have also printed things out to get them completely off-screen.

I’m going to throw a bunch of links at you below. The first two are templates we use in our middle school health class. If you think this is something you’d like to modify, simply make a copy to your Google Drive and you’ll be able to edit your own version. As always, we may adapt this activity and change it around a little, but for now, this is what we have.

As always, suggestions are always welcome! We are constantly adapting how we teach our health classes (sometimes even in the hallway between classes!) and would love to hear your ideas. Comment below or send me a tweet!

Now, about that grading…wait! There is no grading! It’s summer time!

My Summer Reading Plans #summerreads

I was inspired to steal the idea for this post (and for the Pic Collage) from Andy Milne & #slowchathealth. In the past, I’ve mentally outlined a few books I might read over the summer, but it was kind of a “if I get to it” thing. This summer, I have books that have been sitting on a shelf waiting to be read. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and if there’s one thing I enjoy about having more time in the summer to do, it’s that. Although to be honest, I don’t do it as much as I should! Silly Netflix…and mountains…and facilitating at leadership conferences…and running camps…and the beach (I don’t like to read there…sunscreen and sand in my book, no thanks!)…and…well, you get the picture. 🙂

This post contains a list of books I’ll be working towards reading this summer and a short explanation about why it’s on my list. I may not get to them all. I have different reasons for everything on here, some personal and some professional. I’ve divided my list into sections and linked to Amazon descriptions of each one. As Andy says in his post, remember to check out your local library or your favorite book store! I’ll technically start working on this list before school is out on June 27th after I finish my latest read, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. 

I don’t have a particular order to read this in (my money’s on Wormeli’s book first), but I know that when I fly to Seattle to visit my sister in July I’ll read a professional book. You never know who you may run into while on a flight or sitting in an airport, and I wouldn’t want to pass up the chance to have a conversation with another educator who sees my book and asks me about it.

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PROFESSIONAL READS. These are the books that cover topics that are interesting to me and my career as a teacher. Although I only teach health education, I’m interested in a multitude of education topics and enjoy expanding my horizons. 

Fair Isn’t Always Equal (Rick Wormeli)Rick is one of my eduheroes, and I’ve changed the way I grade and provide feedback to students based on his work. I look back at certain grading policies I had a few years ago and shudder. Rick’s writings resonate with me, and click with a lot of my general education philosophy. I’m looking forward to reading this book and cementing my grading practices for next school year and years to come.

Teaching In The Fast Lane (Suzy Pepper Rollins)I’m interested in continuing to find ways to create active learning experiences for my students, and my hope is that this book will help me on my ongoing quest to do so.

School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture (Steve Gruenert & Todd Whitaker)I think I’ve followed Todd on Twitter since I first signed up back in 2010 and saw his name on a list of educators to follow. I’m interested in learning the most effective ways to transform school culture, and will read this from the perspective as not only a teacher, but a (potential) future administrator.

READS FOR PLEASURE

Gwendy’s Button Box (Stephen King & Richard Chizmar)A new Stephen King book? Well, technically a novella, but yes, please! Usually when King has a new regular-length release I buy two copies: one for me and one for my dad, who got me into Stephen King in the first place. One day I want to take a sabbatical with the sole intention of reading the entire Dark Tower series from start to finish. Well, I’m half joking about that, but for those who think King’s all “horror” check out his other well known books that aren’t horror related. Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption, anyone?!

All American Boys (Jason Reynolds)My 8th grade students are currently reading this in their ELA class. When I see a student carrying a book I haven’t seen before, I pick it up to read the description. After doing that with this book, I decided to add it to my summer reading list. I’m interested in books written for adolescent boys, especially those who are reluctant readers, and I’ve heard Jason Reynolds is a great author for those types of readers. 

The Last of The Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War (Richard Rubin)I’m a BIG history geek and have always been fascinated with books about history and wars. As a fifth grader, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was my hero and I can probably still draw out the general troop movements/order of battle for the entire Battle of Gettysburg. I think my sister’s still mad at me for being dragged all the way to Gettysburg, PA with my family that year, and the long drive to northern Maine to see the museum about him. World War II became my jam as I got older, and I was close to majoring in history & education in college before I made the decision to go into health education. WWI unfairly gets less recognition than other conflicts. I’ve been on a WWI kick over the last year or so, probably because these events happened 100 years ago. After slowly listening to George Carlin’s epic, five part, 20+ hour Hardcore History podcast about WWI…I added this to my list. 

IF I GET TO THEM…(or, books I’ll just read during the school year)

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (Jazz Jennings)We cover gender identity during our human sexuality unit, and show some short video clips that feature Jazz telling her story. I’ve included this in a resources list we provide our students, and would like to read it to better my understanding of what transgender teenagers go through in their lives.

Brain Rules (John Medina)I bought this book a long time ago, and it’s been sitting on a shelf ever since. It’s a popular read among my #healthed PLN. The brain is fascinating, and ideally the knowledge gained in this book would improve how I teach adolescents, as well as different aspects of my own life.

Promoting Health and Academic Success: The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach (David A. Birch & Donna M. Videto)I picked this book up at SHAPE Boston so I would be better versed in creating a school wide environment that is based on educating the whole child. If I ever become an admin., my goal is going to be creating that type of environment in our school. I’m going to pick through the sections of the book as I take on different projects for my practicum hours.

I also have some “classics” that I’ve never read that I would love to pick up someday: books like Slaughterhouse Five, Fahrenheit 451, etc. As I mentioned before, I’m a big Stephen King fan and still have plenty of his epic length books to read. I enjoy reading YA books my students read, so I may pick up something by an author like John Green or a book from our middle school summer reading list. Lastly, I often add a book from Ryan Holiday’s monthly reading list email to my “to read” list, but those are usually not at the top of my list because a lot of them are quite long and about some pretty detailed topics. So, any of the above might make its way onto my summer reading list.

What’s on your summer reading list? Comment below or hop on Twitter and use #summerrreads. 

Now, about that grading…

Those Fidget Spinners…

Fidget spinners are the latest trend to take over American schools. Like anything, they have their fans and their opponents, and in my mind it’s another go-round of a pretty consistent cycle of mini-trends of toys captivating kids that adults don’t understand or take issue with on a way too personal level.

A few years ago Tech Decks made a comeback, and in our school Rubik’s Cubes were the thing for a while. Water bottle flipping was the thing a few months ago. When I was in middle school, the cycle went through pogs, and Giga Pet/Tamagotchis (mine always died), then Yomega Brain yo-yos. Members of my Twitter PLN are noticing the same thing. With any trend, it’s time to cue members of the education profession calling for a ban of the most recent distraction…because surely it is ONLY a fidget spinner, or a Tech Deck, or a water bottle, a computer, a cell phone, the sky outside the window…surely only THOSE things are why students are bored and distracted in our classrooms, right?! Are we going to get fed up with…pen clicking? Finger tapping? Looking out the window? Let’s ban all clicky pens! No fingers for you! Block all windows!

Sheesh!

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My Man Kermit

All sarcasm aside, earlier this week I talking to a colleague who made the following observation: these spinny things captivate students and hold their attention. We recently saw the same thing happen with water bottle flipping.

So, we found ourselves asking questions. How can we harness this in our classrooms? How can we captivate students like these inanimate objects? If a small plastic device with a few ball bearings can hold their attention for that long, what can we do to do the same in our classrooms? My Twitter PLN is full of educators meeting students where they are, particularly PE teachers who are using them as fitness timers. They did the same when the Bottle Flipping Movement took over our cafeterias, by developing similar games using cones in PE, and our engineering teacher used that as an opportunity to teach about concepts related to physics. As educators we constantly have to find ways to make our subject areas meaningful and interesting to our students, especially in a world filled with distractions.

“But kids are already so distracted these days! They already don’t pay attention in MY class, and MY subject area is SO IMPORTANT that they NEED to pay attention ALL the time!”

Say what!? I don’t even pay attention all the time and I’m an adult. Of COURSE your students are distracted: they’re kids!! I don’t want to go into the science of brain development, particularly during adolescence, but as we know (or you SHOULD know) we can’t expect kids to pay attention for long periods of time without a break. Many teachers forget this or choose to ignore it. Brain boosts and movement breaks are used for this specific reason by educators who understand that kids can’t learn with a “numb bum” (thanks for that term, Andy!) after sitting down all day. Perhaps something similar can be accomplished by allowing students to use their spinners every x amount of minutes.

When I see fidget spinners, I’m also reminded to keep things simple. We live in a time where the world is literally at our fingertips and accessed through phones or computers 24/7. Virtual reality is a legitimate thing now. Sometimes, going low-tech is the better way to go, and it’s actually nice to see students so absorbed by something not on a screen, no matter how silly or simple or time-wasting it seems to us as adults.

I understand the purpose of fidget cubes, but based on how my students are using the fidget spinners, I’ll admit the spinners are a distraction for most (but not all) kids. That doesn’t mean I would advocate for banning them. For me, a simple request to keep them away is all it takes. As educators, we can find ways to incorporate them into our teaching, and they’ve given me another opportunity to connect with my students. Students have shown me modifications they’ve made to their own fidget spinners in order to try to make them spin longer, and students trade different color bearings with each other. They even make their own! Students have asked me how long I could make them spin for and have me take one of theirs for a spin (sorry, couldn’t resist!).

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An American Adolescent completes her work while modeling appropriate fidget spinner use based on clear, common sense classroom guidelines…

Sample Ways to Incorporate Fidget Spinners in Classrooms

  • As fitness timers in PE class or during movement breaks
  • As Creative Writing Prompt Devices for ELA classes
  • As devices to “hack” (try to improve) during an engineering class
  • As a model for art class (okay, I’ll admit that’s a stretch)

I’m not saying we have to adapt what we do to fit every.single.micro.trend that students are into, or that we even need to incorporate them into our classes. But if we can find something to engage students, how is that a bad thing? Set parameters for your classroom that are based on common sense, take a deep breath, and realize it’s not that big of a deal.

For the record, I handle the Fidget Spinner Situation by actually doing one aspect of my job as an educator. I talk with the student and determine what needs to be done on a case by case basis. Most students are understanding and respond to a polite prompt to put it away. It’s not that difficult. If it’s particularly distracting to a student, then I may take the spinner for the block and let them have it at the end of class. To me, all of this is common sense and it takes approximately fifteen seconds out of my class. I have too many more important things to worry about during the course of a school day to get all fired up about a toy. This might even speak to a larger issue of educators making decisions that benefit them and not the students, but that’s a whole other rabbit hole I don’t want to go down in this post.

I’ll end with a Hot Take: one student has told me that the Moondrop is going to be the next “it” thing. If so…you heard it here first! 

Now, about that grading…

13 Reasons Why: Compiled Resources for Educators

The Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” has started many conversations around mental health and suicide prevention among educators, school counselors, and school administrators. It’s also caused some painful memories to flare up for students or adults who have struggled with mental health issues. The series is based on the book by Jay Asher, a book that I read a few years ago in basically one long sitting (interrupted by some sleep and a few hours of track practice) after noticing a lot of my students reading it. I enjoyed the book and I recently watched the series, which I also enjoyed. However, I was surprised at some of the things they decided to include in the series. The Netflix series is more graphic in nature and expands upon events in the book (which takes place in only one night) over a series of days and weeks. There is a lot more detail and more graphic depictions of events than in the book, which is why the series is generating a lot of buzz that the book did not.

Netflix shows can be watched by teenagers at any time, on their phones, tablets, computers, or TV. Often, teenagers will watch alone or a few friends, but not their parents. I understand the increase of concern based on this one series, but I would hope that this will make parents and educators more aware of what their teenagers/students are accessing on their own time, whether it be from Netflix, YouTube, books, etc. It is increasingly more difficult for adults to keep an eye on the media their teenagers are consuming. And, as always: why does it take a major television show to promote discussion around sensitive topics that have always been areas of concern? But, conversations and awareness are good, so I guess that’s another topic for another day…

Many local school districts have proactively sent information home to families about the television show with the goals of informing parents of its content and providing talking points for adults to use when discussing the show with their children. As I write this post, my district has not yet done so. Since starting my program to obtain administrative licensure, I’ve found myself thinking about how I would respond to different things as an administrator. For me, this is the perfect opportunity for collaboration among multiple components of the WSCC Model: in particular the components of health education, counseling, psychological, & social services, health services, social & emotional environment, and community involvement. Assembling a school wellness team, with support from central office and other community members, can help in determining how to be proactive when handling a topic like this. This is an opportunity to connect with their students and their families while they are paying attention to a very important topic: we cannot lose this opportunity! Unfortunately, many districts will remain silent.

Below you’ll find a list of resources that have been sent my way that may be helpful in discussing “Thirteen Reasons Why” with teenagers. These were obtained from multiple resources: my school psychologist, the CTAPE email list, and my PLN on Twitter/social media. I haven’t fully examined all of them, but a link and brief description is provided. I hope these links are helpful to you! Thank you to those who have been sharing their resources with others!

Netflix 13 Reasons Why: What Viewers Should Consider (The JED Foundation). Information viewers should consider before and while watching the show.

13 Reasons Why: Talking Points (The JED Foundation). The talking points mentioned in the resource linked above.

13 Reasons Why: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists). Guidance for educators and students, with additional resources for more information.

In Response to 13 Reasons Why (To Write Love on Her Arms). A perspective from the founder of an organization helping individuals with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

What Parents Should Know About 13 Reasons Why (Riverside Trauma Center). Information for parents and recommendations about conversations to have with their adolescent children.

“This Is What’s Missing From ’13 Reasons Why’” (Teen Vogue). An op-ed writer explains the red flags they noticed in the series.

Risk Factors & Warning Signs (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). A list of warning signs and risk factors for suicide.

Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts, and Educators Worried (Good School Hunting). Erika Sanzi writes from the perspective of a parent and a former educator.

7 Essential Discussion Questions for “13 Reasons Why” (We Are Teachers). Questions educators can use should the series come up while conversing with students.

 

Skills Based Health Education & Bloom’s Taxonomy

I still need to write my final SHAPE Boston reflection, but I remembered something that came up in our presentation and wanted to share it. Implementing a skills based curriculum and following a set of steps to teach the skills in health education involves higher order thinking. It’s important for health educators to be able to articulate this using eduspeak that administrators or their evaluators, many of whom are unfamiliar with health education, will understand.

One characteristic of an effective health education curriculum, as defined by the CDC, is the following: 

An effective curriculum builds essential skills — including communication, refusal, assessing accuracy of information, decision-making, planning and goal-setting, self-control, and self-management — that enable students to build their personal confidence, deal with social pressures, and avoid or reduce risk behaviors.

For each skill, students are guided through a series of developmental steps:

    1. Discussing the importance of the skill, its relevance, and relationship to other learned skills.
    2. Presenting steps for developing the skill.
    3. Modeling the skill.
    4. Practicing and rehearsing the skill using real–life scenarios.
    5. Providing feedback and reinforcement.

These developmental steps directly mirror action verbs from Bloom’s Taxonomy. All educators are aware of Bloom’s; it’s a commonality shared among all subject areas, including health education.

The screenshot below indicates which portions of the NHES Skills Sequence are included in an example skills-based unit, as well as where each lesson (the “#” column) falls under Bloom’s Taxonomy. The number of lessons may differ based on your own schedule, so if you were to make this chart it may look a little different. Action verbs, based on what students will be doing during the lesson, are also included. Feel free to use this image in your own evaluation binders, blogs, or presentations to school committees. For my Massachusetts folks: Standard 1-A-1 on the teacher evaluation rubric.

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The progression from general information to specific information, and from simple to complex on Bloom’s Taxonomy, demonstrates a progression of learning experiences that allow students to, “acquire complex knowledge and skills.”

Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, and administrators would certainly be looking for students to demonstrate higher level thinking during class. This chart can be used to justify the shift towards a skills based health curriculum, or as evidence of the higher level thinking that takes place during the teaching of skills and performance indicators from the National Health Education Standards. Health education IS academic, even when the focus is on teaching skills over content.

Now, about that grading…

 

New Trimester; New Student Created Expectations

I still have to write my final SHAPE Boston reflection, but one of the ideas I took from SHAPE Boston to implement immediately in my classroom was the “R.O.P.E.S.” acronym explained by Andy Milne in his session on participatory activities in health education. Today we began a new trimester, and I had all new 7th and 8th grade classes (I dropped my 6th grade today). What better time to try a new activity?!

A lot of teachers go over the same song and dance on the first day of a class. It’s a “here’s the course information sheet, yawn, tell me your name, blah blah blah, here are the rules, is your butt numb yet?!” routine. Today we did our usual “turn in your cool card” dance lesson, and then I moved into the “R.O.P.E.S.” activity. As explained by Andy & Andy:

R.O.P.E.S. is an acronym that we use to set a tone in the classroom. We have students come up with words that pertain to classroom environment that start with these five letters. Students are encouraged to provide an example (“what would that look like in our classroom?”) for the word they choose. It has been an effective way to get students to participate in creating classroom expectations. Usually we hang a copy of the ROPES list on the wall so that students are reminded throughout the year of the expectations.

I did this with four classes, giving each group a piece of paper to brainstorm words letter by letter, and then we discussed each letter and word one at a time and created a visual on the white board. After we had a completed list, I had the students individually reflect on what they could do to make these words a reality in our health class. I snapped a picture of each list after it was finished. Tonight, I quickly typed up all of the words from my four classes and put them into a Wordle

Some classes had words that were more reflective than others, and some words might leave you scratching your head, like “pancakes” (the student who came up with that said to make sure to flip your viewpoint to another side…like a pancake. That’s outside the box thinking!). Here’s an example of what one individual class (the 1st one I did this with) came up with, complete with a plethora of lost & found books missing their owners because #middleschool:

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Below you’ll see four different layouts of the completed Wordles. I plan on printing these out in color to post around my classroom. I’ll post them in Google Classroom, and may even adjust the dimensions to use as a header for each Google Classroom page, too. Overall, I liked the interactive element of this activity and the opportunity for students to have a voice in what they wanted health class to look like. I’m glad Andy shared this activity that him and his colleague (another Andy) use in their health classrooms.  This is an activity I’ll be repeating and one that you could implement in your classroom tomorrow. Click the link at the start of this post or just click here to access the R.O.P.E.S. document from Andy & Andy.

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Now, about that grading…

SHAPE Boston Day Four Recap!

The fourth day of SHAPE Boston was on St. Patrick’s Day, and the convention attendees decked themselves out in a lot of green. Me? I wore blue. I should have worn my green t-shirt from sendateacher.com, but because we were presenting today, I felt a tie was appropriate for our first national presentation. I was able to grab lunch with some college classmates and helped two people set up a PLN on Twitter. My brain is still spinning from all the information that I learned, and I need some more time to reflect moving forward. Some changes I can implement quickly in my own classroom; other changes need time to be researched and developed. There will be blog posts about all of these. Onto the recap! 

Members of my PLN I Met: No one. Guess I met most of them already!

Sessions Attended…

  • “Physical Activity During School/The Kinesthetic Classroom – Teaching & Learning Through Movements” (Dana Chambers & Magaera Regan). This session explained some of the neuroscience behind the effects of movement on learning and armed educators with details to justify the importance of movement in the classroom. The biggest take away for me was the importance of explaining to other educators that movement doesn’t take away time from academics when it is an integral part of how you teach. 
  • Ad-Hoc Twitter Session! I took some time to show a friend and college classmate how to set up an online PLN on Twitter. She was a quick learner, and I look forward to seeing examples of her student’s work online. Afterwards, I wandered around the exhibit hall with my colleague, Danielle.
  • “Take Action in Your State: Success Stories from Advocacy Champions” (Michael Doyle, Jenny Dearden, Jamie Sparks). If you’ve been reading all of my recaps, you’ll notice that I’m particularly interested in advocacy at the state and national levels. This session began with a recap of ESSA and shifted to experiences in Minnesota and Kentucky related to advocating for health and physical education in their own states. Seeing what was going on in other states was motivating, and as much as they have accomplished, everyone knows there is still a lot of work to be done, and we need a “sustained, strategic effort” from teachers and advocates in ALL of our states.
  • “Five Strategies to Supercharge Your Health Class” (Mary McCauley). Mary led another health education session with different ideas to amp up your health class. Many activities were content heavy, but I attended this with my colleague Danielle, and we came away with a few ideas to implement during different units. 
  • “Shifting From Content-Based to Skills-Based Health Education” (Jeff Bartlett & Danielle LaRocque). Hey, that’s us!! Danielle and I have taken our health curriculum and made it a skills-based health education curriculum. It’s not perfect, and we’re not 100% there, but we are well along. I was thrilled to present with Danielle, and we had a GREAT audience who shared their own ideas, too. We presented at 4:15, on a Friday that was St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, and had almost 50 people attend! I enjoyed the follow-up conversations with other health teachers afterwards. Looking for our Slides? Check them out here. It’s easier to understand if we explain them, so if you have questions, shoot me an email: jeffreybartlett at danvers dot org. 

Resources to Share…

  • We stopped by the Common Bytes booth at the expo. Although they aren’t available for purchase yet, they have some cool little nutrition activities that fit into our unit objectives and would be more engaging than the way we currently teach the content part of nutrition. Another plus? When we looked at the prices they were budget friendly! They’ll also have an online component, for schools interested in that.

One Takeaway to Implement ASAP…

Final Thought….

  • I had a few conversations with fellow Massachusetts teachers who are doing GREAT things in their classroom. We need more teachers to present! It’s a great experience, and we all learn together. Please consider presenting at your state, district, or national conference if you haven’t done so already. We want to learn from you! 

Now, about that grading…