Golden Egg

Will your team be the first to unlock the golden egg? One of many interesting questions you may overhear from our health classroom. Teaching skills based health  has many opportunities for collaboration and communication. Connecting students to functional knowledge, content and skills remains a challenge during this unique time. At the moment my 7th grade health …

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CATCH

I am delighted that this week's blog post comes from CATCH, who have been promoting healthier lifestyles kids and communities through innovative initiatives and trainings for over 25 years. You might know them from their awesome CATCH My Breath JUUL & E-Cigarette Prevention Program, but their most recent initiatives highlight how they have responded to …

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No Shame

Education is not permission! Don’t you want your children to be autonomous, sexually fulfilled adults? Don’t you want your children to have successful and loving intimate relationships? Helping them to do so means being sex-positive. The phrase “sex-positive” in association with parenting is sometimes misunderstood as taking a permissive or “anything goes” approach to sexuality. …

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International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day occurs on the third Wednesday of October each year, and in 2020 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. #Slowchathealth is proud to endorse International Pronouns Day and encourages you to acknowledge and discuss the importance of personal pronouns with your students, co-workers and peers. International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, …

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Self-Care

During these times of stress, the intentional act of protecting one's well-being and happiness is a must-do for educators, and something that I am prioritizing more so than ever before. The additional workload of teaching remotely, while supervising a young family with their virtual learning, has led to a realization that if am not at …

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Families can support kids’ mental health whether they’re learning remotely or at school – here’s how

Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how Kids learn who they are and how to cope within their families. Thomas Barwick/Stone via Getty Images Erika Bocknek, Wayne State University The choice between in-person learning, where available, and remote learning is a fraught one for parents. Children …

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5 Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

With social-emotional learning very much at the fore during this remote/hybrid/pandemic period of education, I find myself focusing on the emotional wellness of my students more so than ever before. My lessons are chunked effectively, are delivered at a slower pace, and my curriculum has been well and truly "Marie Kondo'd." While mindfulness and meditation …

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Breathing Life into Health Skill 8: A Twist on the Traditional Field Day

Bringing our standards-based health curriculum to life is important if we want students to make connections between the classroom and the world in which they live. We need to find ways in which students can promote healthy norms and healthy behaviors and we have to provide students with the opportunity to amplify their health-enhancing messages …

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