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 Ways to Implement Cross-Curricular Learning in Health

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#healthedThe field of education is currently undergoing a big shift from traditional methods of instruction to project-based learning (PBL). Most teachers are excited to implement PBL in their classrooms, but in subjects like health, where instruction time is limited, teachers struggle to find ways to fit it all in. Luckily, PBL offers ample opportunity for

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5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Set Goals

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#healthed National Health Education Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health. One of the best ways to kick off the school year is with a unit on goal setting, since everyone returns fresh from summer vacation and ready for a strong new start. I particularly enjoy this unit because

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Talking to Kids About Emotions Using Pixar’s Inside Out

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#healthedLast week, I had the pleasure of attending the Summer Institute for Educators at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where we attended presentations from a variety of experts in the field of mindfulness and Social/Emotional Learning—often referred to as SEL. On the last night, we had the privilege of going to the Pixar campus for a

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6 Online Resources for Planning a Health Curriculum

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#healthedTwo years ago, I finally did it. I threw away (or recycled, actually) the stacks of textbooks that had 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 changing curriculum. It’s best to first find

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The Alcohol Research Lab

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#healthedIt’s the end of the school year. This means our seniors are getting ready for college, the eighth graders are gearing up for high school, and many of our students will be faced with situations where they might be tempted to drink. Rather than lecture them on the dangers of underage drinking, I like to

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