How to Get Your Students to Stop Procrastinating | Choices Ideabook

Classroom Worktime

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

Read more ›

Resources for the Stressbusters video project!

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 12.10.10 PM

Hey 6th graders! Hope you’re excited about making your stress buster videos. Project Sheet: Stressbuster Video Instructions Rubric: Stressbuster Video Rubric If you need some inspiration, check out some of the videos by our friend Berna at Choices. Remember, you want people to be inspired to try out your healthy coping skills as an alternative to their

Read more ›

Stress Management for Teens- Unit Plan

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 1.58.11 PM

This post originally appeared on It’s crunch time! Stress management for teens. May is a stressful time to be at school. Younger kids are finishing up projects, older ones are gearing up for finals, and most of us teachers are left wondering how it will all get graded in time. As adults, we know

Read more ›

The bright side of stress…

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 7.56.44 PM

  “When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.” – Dr. Kelly McGonigal  We’ve learned, over the last ten years or so, that with many of our content areas in Health – nutrition, physical activity, bullying, drug prevention –  focusing on the positive was the way to

Read more ›