Current/Relevant/Adaptable

Resources for connecting health curriculum to the world we live in now.

Our rapidly changing world presents a whole new set of opportunities and challenges for kids. Staying on top of the latest can help us guide them as they set healthy habits for life. Got questions?
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About Me

I teach Middle School Health at the Shanghai American School and have a passion for curriculum that is current, relevant, adaptable, and shared. I've presented at conferences in Asia as well as at SXSWedu and the SHAPE America National Convention. Outside of the classroom, I write the teacher's guide and a weekly column for Choices, Scholastic's health and life-skills magazine for teens. You can find me online at thehealthteacher.com and on

Presentations

Upcoming: EARCOS Weekend Workshop
Developing a Health Curriculum for Your School
October 14th & 15th, 2017
Shanghai American School

SHAPE America National Convention 2017:
Boston, Massachusetts
March 14th-18th, 2017
Ready-to-Go Health Projects for a School on Any Budget

#PhysEdSummit 2016 :
Online presentation
August 2016
PBL With a Focus on Health & Wellness

Additional resources from past presentations can be accessed at:
The Health Teacher: Presentations

4 Starter Ideas to Kick Off a New Semester

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#healthedUnlike many other subjects, health is rarely a yearlong course. Most students are required to take health for either a semester or a quarter, which means that this time of year can require a quick “getting to know you” process, or a conscious shift in class dynamics as the students move from the field into

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Lesson Plan- Stress Management for Senior Year

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#healthed This past weekend, our seniors came to school on Saturday for a full day retreat, where they attended workshops designed to help them navigate the growing list of requirements for their college applications. Knowing the stress that often appears this time of year, their counselors asked us to offer some workshops on stress management and

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6 Ways to Bring Authentic Learning to Health Class

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#healthed6 Ways to Bring Authentic Learning to Your Health Class When I was in 8th grade, I was assigned a project on career exploration. At the time, I was obsessed with music, and wanted nothing more than to be a radio DJ. My friend and I researched everything we could get our hands on (not

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6 Online Resources for Creating a Health Curriculum

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#healthedOnline Resources for Planning a Health Curriculum Two years ago, I finally did it. I threw away (or recycled, actually) the stacks of textbooks that have been collecting dust on my shelves for years. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it sooner. Textbooks are often outdated and health is a subject with a constantly

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7 Reasons to Use Journaling in Health Class

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#healthed  Journaling has been a big part of my health classes since the day I became a teacher, and the benefits it has had on my teaching practice keep piling up every year. Even with all of the technological advances over the last 15 years, I start every semester by giving each of my students

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