Middle School Health Class
You spend all of your time with yourself. You think about your self, you feed your self, you move about your world interacting with others and information–all these activities influence your health. Which of these behaviors are cultivating your wellness and which are undermining it? In this one semester introductory health course for middle school, you will find out.
Join me in discovering what is means to be healthy and what behaviors support wellness. We will investigate influences on health and learn how to establish goals and boundaries that support out health and limit negative consequences through projects and skill development. Some topics may include but are not limited to the following:
- healthy thoughts,
- and 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. The course 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 an integral part of most assignments:
- Each week will have a live class attendance via Zoom
- 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 combined over the weeks.
- A combination of handwritten (needed 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 each other.
- We may use tools such as an infographic software Canva and electronic flashcards such as Quizlet to enhance our strategies. Interactive class exercises and homework assignments are designed to help you generate skills and practice across academic subjects.
Required Materials/Technology Requirements
- 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, but they can be any brand)
- Index cards – single pack of 100
- Permissions to access www.youtube.com, https://www.ted.com/talks, and varied other online resources.
Evaluation and Feedback:
- All assignments (readings, videos, documents, infographics, PowerPoint Presentations, notes, forum responses, quizzes, tests, and peer responses) are graded.
- 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 your 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.
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