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Teen Values & The Masks We Wear - S1 E7

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Thoughts from the Health Education classroom, brought to you by Scott Todnem and his middle school students.
Ending Middle School & Entering High School
The end of middle school! Luke and Tadiwa interview four other students to conclude our 8th grade interviews for this school year, what we are calling "Season 1" of our podcast. Olivia, Amelia, Nick, and Gabe open up to talk through their 3 years of middle school, summer plans, and the upcoming jump to high school. Resources: STUDENTS: "16 Things For Teens To Do This Summer" from CBS News. PARENTS: "How To Help Your Kids Transition To High School" from TheConversation.com Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
24:16
May 24, 2019
The Impact of Music on Teenage Life - S1 E17
The power of music! Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Camilla and Keith, and the four 8th graders discuss the impact of music--  creating and playing music as a musician, listening to music in class, and the overall impact of music on teenage life. Resources: ONLINE ARTICLE: "How music affects the brain" from BeBrainFit.com YOUTUBE VIDEO: "How does music affect your brain?" from Wired Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
17:29
May 22, 2019
Diversity & Tolerance in Teens - S1 E16
Social justice! Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Ellie and Jack, and the four 8th graders discuss diversity and tolerance, including topics of race, religion, gender, culture, and sexuality differences.  Resources: STUDENT RESOURCE: "A Class Divided" - Jane Elliott ("Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes") TEACHER RESOURCE: "Teaching Tolerance" - Social Justice Standards PARENT RESOURCE: "Beyond the Golden Rule" - A Family Guide to Tolerance Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 
23:03
May 14, 2019
Teens & Physical Attraction (Part 3: Conclusion) - S1 E15
The conclusion! Attraction... dating... crush interests. Luke and Tadiwa interview all four students in the final segment of this short series-- Haley and Ella are joined by Mark and Noah, and the large group of 8th graders discuss and debate binary gender behavior. This is Part 3 of the conversation about physical attraction differences in teens. Resources! Teachers: Teenagers in Love Parents: Adolescence and the Teenage Crush Students: Scarleteen.com (For older teenage audiences) Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
19:56
April 23, 2019
Teens & Physical Attraction (Part 2: The Girls) - S1 E14
It continues! Attraction... dating... crush interests. Luke and Tadiwa interview two more students, Haley and Ella, and the four 8th graders discuss more binary gender behavior. This is Part 2 with the girls. Part 3 will conclude the topic of conversation, as all four 8th graders join our hosts in one large conversation with gender and attraction differences in mind. Resources! Teachers: Teenagers in Love Parents: Adolescence and the Teenage Crush Students: Scarleteen.com (For older teenage audiences) Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
18:24
April 18, 2019
Teens & Physical Attraction (Part 1: The Boys) - S1 E13
Attraction... dating... crush interests. Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Mark and Noah, and the four 8th graders work through the giggles to discuss attractions and social health. This is Part 1 with the boys. Part 2 will include two 8th grade girls to continue the conversation with gender and attraction differences in mind. Resources! Teachers: Teenagers in Love Parents: Adolescence and the Teenage Crush Students: Scarleteen.com (For older teenage audiences) Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
15:09
April 16, 2019
Special Edition - NPR Contest 2019
This is a special podcast episode and our official entry for the 2019 NPR Podcast Challenge, recorded right in the Health Education classroom at Scullen Middle School. Our hosts Luke and Tadiwa take the lead and interview two other 8th grade students, Aminah and Armani. All four students give their thoughts and debate about gender differences in middle school and in life, focusing on expectations, stereotypes, athletics, and social media. The students wanted to keep their podcast raw and barely edited-- a lot like a typical conversation between teens, either in the classroom as a group discussion or on their own time as an informal debate. Contest info here: www.npr.org/2018/11/15/65050011…cast-challenge-home
11:53
March 30, 2019
Physical Injury & Resiliency - S1 E12
Almost everyone will sustain a physical injury in life that they need to overcome. Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Sarah and Blake, and the four 8th graders discuss setbacks, recovery, and resiliency after injury. Resources! - What Physical Injury Taught Me About Mental Health - Got Bounce? Resiliency For Teens. Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 
15:23
February 26, 2019
The Decision Making Process - S1 E11
Decisions, decisions! Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Aaliya and Aryan, and the four 8th graders discuss decision making--  including choices and related topics like like academics, sports, musical interests, procrastination, and the influence of others.  Resources! DECISION MAKING STUDY: Teenage Brains Have a Totally Different Way of Making Decisions RATIONAL DECISION MAKING: DECIDE Model Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 
16:15
February 19, 2019
Teenagers & Phone Addiction - S1 E10
The age of phone addictions! Luke and Tadiwa interview two other students, Sara and Mason, and the four 8th graders discuss phone use--  including overuse and addiction, friend connections, and social media.  Resources! STUDENT & TEACHER RESOURCE: Smartphone Addiction PARENT RESOURCE: Psychology Today Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 
20:02
January 24, 2019
Teen Relationships & Dating Expectations - S1 E9
Back at it in 2019! Luke and Tadiwa start off by interviewing two other students, Ella and Noah. The four 8th graders discuss teen relationships and a bunch of related topics like expectations, break-ups, media portrayal, and sexual well-being. Resources below! STUDENT RESOURCE: LoveIsRespect.Org PARENT RESOURCE: Coping with Teen Dating TEACHER RESOURCE: Teaching Consent TEACHER RESOURCE: Sex Ed in America Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com 
19:00
January 17, 2019
Teen Gratitude & Coping with Change - S1 E8
Luke and Tadiwa finish 2018 by interviewing two other students, Sydney and Tolu. The four 8th graders discuss positive items in teenage life, with a focus on what they are thankful for as well as how teens perceive and handle change. PARENT RESOURCE - COPING WITH CHANGE: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/surviving-your-childs-adolescence/201204/educating-adolescents-about-coping-change STUDENT RESOURCE - COPING WITH EMOTIONS: https://psychcentral.com/blog/techniques-for-teens-how-to-cope-with-your-emotions/ Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
14:25
December 18, 2018
Teen Values & The Masks We Wear - S1 E7
Luke and Tadiwa interview two other 8th grade students, Colin and Devin. All four discuss life values, with a focus on what teens tend to prioritize and the influence of friends and family in their lives. They also get into the "masks" people wear in terms of hiding or protecting our authentic self. More info included below! TEENS AREN'T JUST RISK MACHINES: http://theconversation.com/teens-arent-just-risk-machines-theres-a-method-to-their-madness-89439 THE MASKS WE WEAR: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-masks-we-wear-and-why-w_b_7786922 Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
16:58
December 4, 2018
Technology & Teens - S1 E6
Luke and Tadiwa interview two other 8th grade students, Stefan and Amiah. All four discuss technology, with a focus on social media and its influence in their lives. Research studies and more info included below! PEW RESEARCH STUDY: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/teens-social-media-technology-2018/ COMMON SENSE MEDIA STUDY: https://www.recode.net/2018/9/10/17826810/social-media-use-teens-time-spent-facebook-instagram-snapchat "IRRESISTIBLE" (RISE OF ADDICTIVE TECHNOLOGY): https://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Addictive-Technology-Business-Keeping/dp/1594206643 Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
17:19
November 20, 2018
Peer Pressure & Refusal Skills - S1 E5
Luke and Tadiwa interview two other 8th grade students, Caleb and Laniyah. All four discuss peer pressure, both positive and negative, and how they manage the influence of others. Research studies included below! NIH MONITORING THE FUTURE STUDY: https://www.drugabuse.gov/trends-statistics/monitoring-future/monitoring-future-study-trends-in-prevalence-various-drugs CDC TEEN SEXUAL RISK BEHAVIORS https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/ Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
16:47
November 13, 2018
Stress & Life Balance - S1 E4
Hosts Luke and Tadiwa interview two other 8th grade students, Gabe and Kayla. All four discuss teenage stressors and life balance, talking through what activities they juggle each week, how they perceive stress, and what they do for self-management. Stress management resources below! STUDENT RESOURCE https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/stress.html PARENT RESOURCE https://www.bradleyhospital.org/managing-stress-teens-and-adolescents-guide-parents TEACHER RESOURCE https://www.shapeamerica.org/uploads/pdfs/2018/resources/Social_Emotional_Learning_Erin_Lumpkins.pdf Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
14:40
November 9, 2018
Vaping & Teen Perception - S1 E3
Our hosts Luke and Tadiwa interview two other 8th grade students, Jack and Kayla. All four students examine drug use, focusing on vaping devices such as JUUL, and teen perceptions surrounding the topic. Check the links below for more information! STUDENT RESOURCE https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what-we-do/industry-watch/e-cigarettes PARENT RESOURCE https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/infographics/youth/pdfs/e-cigarettes-usb-flash-508.pdf TEACHER RESOURCE http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/takingdowntobacco/ Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
13:19
October 30, 2018
Gender & Social Media - S1 E2
Our hosts Luke and Tadiwa take the lead and interview two other 8th grade students, Aminah and Armani. All four students give their thoughts on gender differences and social media in middle school. PARENT RESOURCE https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media TEACHER RESOURCES - Student Safety: https://www.cybersafebc.ca/resources - Classroom Use: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-media-resources-educators-matt-davis Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
15:15
October 23, 2018
Meeting Our First Hosts - S1 E1
Getting started with our first podcast hosts, Luke and Tadiwa! We meet our 8th grade students who will take the lead in weekly interviews with classmates. These two will practice the Health Ed skills of communication and advocacy to create debates and discussions on a multitude of timely topics for today's teen. Teaching insight, blog posts, and more from the Health Education classroom: LifeIsTheFuture.com
11:33
October 16, 2018
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