Students spend all of their time with themselves. They think about themselves, feed themselves, and move about their world interacting with others and information. All these activities influence their health. Which of these behaviors are cultivating wellness and which are undermining it? Our goal is to find the answers through this one semester introductory middle school health course.
In this class, we’ll discover what it means to be healthy and what behaviors support wellness. We will investigate, through projects and skill development, influences on health and learn how to establish goals and boundaries that support our health and limit negative consequences. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
- healthy thoughts
- conflict management
This course covers all topics in a factual and neutral manner, with respect for a broad range of perspectives among our students and families. It is designed to give students tools to educate themselves and draw their own conclusions on matters affecting their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Parental input/discussion is encouraged throughout the course and is an integral part of most assignments.
- 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?
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.
Communication and Participation
- This is a hybrid course. Students are encouraged to attend the live class and engage in the assortment of strategies we practice together as well as contribute to class discussions and sharing of ideas. You will receive the most benefit from participating in the activities in class.
- You should plan to log-in several times a week in order to keep up with course assignments. Weekly assignments will be available to view every Wednesday at 9am.
- All students are welcomed and encouraged to seek my help. Please feel free to contact me via Canvas with questions.