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Thoughts from the Health Education classroom, brought to you by Scott Todnem and his middle school students.

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Thoughts from the Health Education classroom, brought to you by Scott Todnem and his middle school students.

    Teens in a Pandemic Check In: Remote Learning vs. Hybrid Set-up: S3 E7

    Teens in a Pandemic Check In: Remote Learning vs. Hybrid Set-up: S3 E7

    Pandemic check-in!
    We will do these from time to time this school year-- a "temperature check" from our 8th graders on how everything is going in our COVID era of learning and living. This week's hosts, David and Zoie interview classmates Mady and Baruni and all four 8th graders have a conversation about their current situation in our pandemic. Specifics include remote learning, hybrid approach, coping strategies, social health, media influence, testing and vaccine possibilities, and more.

    Below are some mental health resources we've always promoted during our podcasts.

    RESOURCES
    MentalHealth.gov Let's Talk About It
    World Health Organization (WHO) Self-Care and Self-Help
    National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Top HelpLine Resources
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    Health Mind Platter Essential Brain Activities

    Tune in next week for a new topic and a new set of guests. Make sure to subscribe to keep up to date on our podcast episodes throughout the school year.

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com

    • 20 min
    Dealing with Stereotypes While Growing Up - S3 E6

    Dealing with Stereotypes While Growing Up - S3 E6

    Stereotypes: generalizations based on a group in which a person belongs. (Ex: race, age, gender, income, neighborhood, etc.)

    This week's 8th grade hosts mix it up a bit, as Tami and Naomi partner up to interview classmates Anya and Aria. The four teens take on the repeating topic of stereotypes in middle school and in life. This is always a much needed conversation since even year-to-year. They bring up gender, race, and even sexuality a bit, talking through unfair perceptions of people, the influence from society and media, generalizations and home life, and just a bit about the "-isms" of prejudice: racism, sexism, and ageism.

    RESOURCES:
    Gender Stereotypes from Teaching Tolerance
    Racial Stereotypes from Simply Psychology
    Breaking Stereotypes from National Women's Law Center
    How Middle School Kids Reject Stereotypes from MiddleWeb
    Talking About Race & Stereotypes in School from Edutopia

    Tune in next week as our other two hosts, David and Zoie, take over with a new topic and a new set of guests. Make sure to subscribe to keep up to date on our podcast episodes throughout the school year.

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com

    • 26 min
    Social Health & Dating Relationships (Part 2) - S3 E5

    Social Health & Dating Relationships (Part 2) - S3 E5

    How are teens maintaining social health in 2020, and what are their thoughts on friendship and dating?
    Tami and David take their turn at this multi-episode focus, interviewing classmates Lucas and CJ. The four 8th graders discuss teen relationships and social health through the COVID pandemic, including family, friendships, and dating. Specifics include which online apps help friends stay connected this year, dating for image versus true feelings, and how adults could help teens navigate feelings of "like" and "love" while growing up.

    This is Part 2 of 2. Additional thoughts on the same topic came from different 8th graders in the previous week. Check back if you missed it!

    RESOURCES
    Students: LoveIsRespect.Org
    Parents: Coping with Teen Dating
    Teachers: Teaching Consent & Sex Ed in America

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 

    • 26 min
    Social Health & Dating Relationships (Part 1) - S3 E4

    Social Health & Dating Relationships (Part 1) - S3 E4

    How are teens maintaining social health in 2020, and what are their thoughts on friendship and dating?
    Naomi and Zoie start a multi-episode focus, interviewing classmates Meadow and Chloe. The four 8th graders discuss teen relationships and a bunch of related topics like managing social health through the COVID pandemic, influences on friends and dating, and recommendations for pre-teens.

    This is Part 1 of 2. Additional thoughts on the same topic come from different 8th graders in the following week.

    RESOURCES
    Students: LoveIsRespect.Org
    Parents: Coping with Teen Dating
    Teachers: Teaching Consent & Sex Ed in America

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 

    • 23 min
    Teens Discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement & Race in America - S3 E3

    Teens Discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement & Race in America - S3 E3

    What race and social issues do teenagers see and experience?
    Our 8th grade hosts, Tami and David, take the lead in their first episode. They interview classmates Sophie and Sana, and the four 8th graders take on an enormous topic for their first offering-- social and racial justice, discrimination, Black Lives Matter, and related activism. Offered here is a real, emotionally-charged conversation about social issues in 2020 America (and beyond).

    RESOURCES
    Black Lives Matter - Resources 101
    Anti-Racist Resources - Books & Literature on Bias, Racism, & Anti-Racism
    Indigenous Peoples' History - Smithsonian Webinar
    How Racial Inequity Harms Schoolchildren - NPR
    Teaching Tolerance - Social Justice Standards
    Beyond the Golden Rule - A Family Guide to Tolerance
    How Middle School Kids Reject Stereotypes from MiddleWeb
    Talking About Race & Stereotypes in School from Edutopia
    Books for Littles - Starting To Talk About Race with Kids

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com

    • 25 min
    The Ups & Downs of Social Media Use in Teens - S3 E2

    The Ups & Downs of Social Media Use in Teens - S3 E2

    Is it all drama or can anything good come from media use? What do teens wish adults knew about social media?

    Our 8th grade hosts, Naomi and Zoie, take the lead in their first episode. They interview classmates Sania and Zaara, and all four offer their thoughts about social media and teenagers. The group discusses both the positive and negative aspects of social media, how to use media correctly, and recommendations to both adults and younger kids about media use.

    RESOURCES
    Pew Research Study: Teens & Social Media
    Common Sense Media: Teens on Social Media & How Much Screen Time is Okay?
    Adam Alter: TED Talk & "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology"

    Tune in next week as our other two hosts, Tami and David, take the lead with a new topic and a new set of guests. Make sure to subscribe to keep up to date on our podcast episodes throughout the school year.

    Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com

    • 21 min

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