Students in this class will join me in discovering the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual dimensions of their health in a life skills class designed to help develop healthy habits. We will also look at strategies to help minimize behaviors that contribute to disease and negative effects on our health. In this course, we’ll also introduce 4 of the 10 healthy dimensions. Students will develop their own goals and engage in behaviors to achieve them during the semester.
This class will provide lectures, note taking strategies, and assignments, along with skill-based activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Students may elect to enroll in future health classes that focus on nutrition and the remaining 6 dimensions of health not covered in this class.
We will cover the following topics in a factual and neutral manner, with respect for a broad range of perspectives among our students and families. The course is designed to give students tools to educate themselves and draw their own conclusions on matters affecting their physical, emotional, and social well-being. It is intended to help families fulfill the high school health credit requirement. Parental input/discussion is encouraged throughout the course and an integral part of most assignments.
- Core values exploration and activities based on these core values.
- Emotional health: identifying, understanding, and communicating emotions, self-esteem, stress, and asking for help.
- Intellectual health: growth vs fixed mindsets, learning myths, and introduction to evidence-based learning strategies.
- Physical health: basics of nutrition – basic anatomy, physiology of digestion and metabolism, macromolecules, vitamins, and minerals, and cross contamination in food, cooking skills, body image, nutrition-linked diseases with personal responsibility for prevention, movement, athletics, and personal hygiene specific to the teen years.
- Social Health: social influences inventory, identifying positive and negative influences, friendships, strategy development to develop positive and limit negative influences, how to be a positive social influence.
- One live Zoom class per week.
- A module will contain weekly assignments that focuses on a dimension of health and may include applying health promoting behaviors to assigned videos, readings, online discussion forums, with quizzes, projects, and tests. As the course moves on, healthy behaviors may be combined over the weeks.
- A combination of handwritten (which will need to be scanned into a pdf) and typed documents (in .doc format) incorporating different note taking modes and will vary in length, including a works cited pages when applicable.
- Students may be requested to upload photos, documents in .docx or pdf, infographics and Power Point.
- Students will utilize the Canvas classroom to submit assignments in compatible formats requested for each assignment, communicate with the teacher and their fellow students.
- We may use tools such Canva, an infographic software, and electronic flashcards such as Quizlet to enhance our strategies. Interactive class exercises and homework assignments are designed to help generate skills and practice across academic subjects.
Who should enroll?
Students in grades 9-12 may enroll in this course.
Technology Requirements and Required Materials
- A reliable PC or laptop
- High Speed Internet
- Scanner/camera phone
- Web cam
- Microphone and speaker
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Adobe Acrobat reader
- Ability to download files for viewing, editing, and printing.
- Uploaded files should be in .docx or pdf format.
- Paper to take handwritten notes (blank and lined) in a spiral pad or 3 hole punched for a binder.
- Highlighters – (4 colors) yellow, pink, orange, green, or blue
- Colored pencils – at least 6 colors
- Pens – black, red, blue
- Sticky note pads in at least 4 colors (like Post-its, or any similar brand)
- Index cards – single pack of 100
- Permissions to access youtube.com, https://www.ted.com/talks, and varied other online resources.
Evaluation and Feedback
- All assignments are graded. These include readings, videos, documents, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, notes, forum responses, quizzes, tests, and peer responses.
- A student’s effort and participation in the class will be a significant portion of their grade.
- I will provide feedback in the form of comments on submitted work and encourage students to ask questions.
- I will provide grading for the assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, projects, and tests. Point allotment will depend on the number of questions and the maximum possible points; therefore, point distribution will vary.
- Assignments within provide practice designed to build note taking skills and generate a growth mindset.