Are Schools Body-Shaming Students?
• Read a USA Today article about what happened when a student refused to be weighed in front of her class…and was sent to the principal’s office:
• Every aspect of this issue is controversial, including BMI itself. In fact, BMI has been under scrutiny for a while now. NPR published an interesting story six years ago called “Top Ten Reasons Why the BMI Is Bogus”:
• For more information on BMI, visit the CDC’s website for an Adult BMI Calculator and a Child and Teen BMI Calculator:
The Power of Saying Sorry
• For more details on the ingredients of an effective apology, see this Psychology Today blog post:
• Also on Psychology Today’s website is another blog post called “How To Test Your Empathy.” Empathy, of course, is one of the important ingredients of an apology:
• And just for fun, here’s how NOT to apologize. Last summer United Airlines sent out an apology letter to an upset customer…but they forgot to fill in the blanks. See a scan of the letter here:
"We Used to Be Drug Addicts"
• If you’re interested in learning more about recovery high schools, check out this article, “Can Recovery High Schools Keep Kids Off Drugs?” (Warning: there is explicit language/cursing in this article):
• Visit Ostiguy High School’s website to watch a video of testimonials from students—including Andrew McCall, who is featured in the Choices article—who’ve attended the school:
• US News and World Report published an article about the heroin epidemic that features 9 graphs demonstrating how the epidemic is hitting young adults the hardest:
Why Can’t I Stop Procrastinating?
• Anxiety can lead to epic stretches of procrastination, so encourage your students to download the Stop, Breathe & Think app (and maybe download it for yourself, too!), which guides users through meditations for mindfulness and compassion:
• Distractions can just encourage you to keep procrastinating. The SelfControl app can help you block your biggest distractions (like YouTube) for a set time:
• Use the awesome to-do list app Wunderlist (one of our favorites!) to break up big projects into smaller pieces, so they don’t seem so overwhelming:
Are You Googling Yourself Sick?
• MedlinePlus is the search engine we mentioned in our article that leads users to vetted health info, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institutes of Health, among others:
• MedlinePlus even has its own article on how you can tell good health information from bad:
• This article on “cyberchondria”—using the internet to research symptoms, which causes or exacerbates hypochondria—is a fascinating look into the power of the Internet, especially over people who are prone to worrying:
Choices Changemakers: The Bully Blocker
• Check out Trisha Prabhu’s website for info on her bully-blocking software—as well as testimonials and press—here:
• Watch Trisha’s TEDxTeen talk about what motivated her to create her software here. You might want to warn your students that she pronounces the word “adolescent” in a unique way, so it doesn’t distract them from her message:
• Prepare for what is sure to be a remarkable documentary (due out this month) about Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who is a fierce warrior for girls’ education around the world. Malala was targeted and shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for her beliefs. She then went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize and continues her work today:
• To learn more about Positive Post-It day, visit Caitlin Prater-Haacke’s Facebook page here: