Wellness is an active process of growth and change in which students are empowered to make informed, responsible decisions for pursuing a safe, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. Wellness, or total health, encompasses physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being. The goal of this ten-week exploratory health class is to provide opportunities for students to learn information and skills that will help them to lead healthy and productive lives. The curriculum is based on current adolescent health research and resource and is aligned with the U.S. National Health Education Standards. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class and to continue with conversations at home with parent(s)/guardian(s). Students are also encouraged to explore their own values and those of others within the context of family and cultural beliefs. The class emphasizes respect for self and others and any perceived ‘differences’ among students. Topics explored in Advisory will complement the health exploratory curriculum (e.g., goal-setting, interpersonal skills, and digital citizenship).
- Explore topic areas relevant to students regarding health and wellness
- Recognize the continuum of human growth and development
- Develop health related skills including:
- Cognitive skills – analyzing influences and pressures
- Self-awareness skills – mindfulness and managing emotions
- Communication skills – active listening and communicating assertively
- Goal-setting skills – setting and reflecting on specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goals
Major Concepts Covered:
- Leading a Balanced Life – students will explore the relationships between physical, social and emotional health.
- Confidence and Communication – students will work on improving confidence and listening/communication skills to better equip them to handle relationships and problems in positive ways.
- Choices around nutrition affect one’s physical, mental, and social health.
- Changing Bodies – students will explore changes and challenges that they will experience during puberty.
By the end of this course, it is a goal that each student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key health concepts and will be able to apply this knowledge for their own personal benefit.
- Evaluate various influences shaping a decision or situation.
- Practice a variety of mindfulness techniques
- Demonstrate effective listening skills
- Describe steps and rules to managing conflict
The purpose of the grading system is to provide accurate information about a student’s level of understanding with respect to specific content standards.
SBGR Goal. Our goal is to move student thinking toward the quest for knowledge.
SBGR Assessment. Students will be assessed with respect to their understanding of grade-level standards (Academic Achievement) and their habits as a learner inside and outside the classroom (Learning Habits). To support the development of a growth mindset, students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of formative and summative assessments. To help establish a clear vision of the intended learning, students will engage in on-going reflection as a means to identify learning strengths and areas for improvement.
Classes will be conducted using a variety of methodologies. These methodologies will include teacher demonstration, individual and group work, self-reflections, video analysis, interactive activities, role-playing, skits, games, research, and student presentations.
SKILLS FOR ADOLESCENCE – Changes and Challenges – Lions-Quest
No B.O.! The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens – Marguerite Crump
Student Supplies Required:
- School iPad (once distributed)
- Pen or pencil