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

Amy teaches Middle School Health at the Shanghai American School and has a passion for curriculum that is current, relevant, adaptable, and shared. She has presented at conferences in Asia as well as the AAHPERD and SHAPE America National Conventions, and writes a weekly column and the teacher's guide for Choices, Scholastic's health magazine for teens. You can find her online at thehealthteacher.com and on

Presentations

Asia Pacific PE Conference: Hong Kong International School
Nov. 11th-13th 2016
PBL with a Focus on Health & Wellness

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

What You Need to Know About Teaching Eating Disorders | Choices Ideabook

Eating disorders are always a tricky subject. That’s why Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith—a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—worked with a specialist to make sure she handled the topic appropriately in class. Follow these tips to ensure your lesson has the right impact.

Source: What You Need to Know About Teaching Eating Disorders | Choices Ideabook

How to Get Your Students to Stop Procrastinating | Choices Ideabook

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We’re all guilty of procrastinating sometimes, but teens are especially prone to this bad habit. Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith–a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—has rounded up the resources you need to tackle this topic in

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How to Teach Teens About the Importance of Failure | Choices Ideabook

Editor’s note: It’s hard to accept, but failure might actually be good for you. Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—explains how she helped her students understand this important lesson. Source: How to

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Teaching Puberty Doesn’t Have to Be Awkward! | Choices Ideabook

Editor’s note: Ready to tackle this uncomfortable topic? This advice from Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—will help you handle these lessons calmly and gracefully. Source: Teaching Puberty Doesn’t Have to Be

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What Teens Can Teach You About Screen Time | Choices Ideabook

Editor’s note: Feeling glued to your smartphone? Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—collected some surprisingly poignant advice from her class. Source: What Teens Can Teach You About Screen Time | Choices Ideabook