In thinking about my health methods class coming up next quarter, I am thinking about the ways that I can (a) come up with innovative ways to teach health that will inspire healthy change in my students, and (b) use technology to minimize the need for my students to buy expensive textbooks. I am going to archive some ideas here for future reference, but maybe others will find them helpful. Something that I came across via facebook:
is a site where they are looking for re-designs of food labels to better communicate what is in the food. What a great idea! I have had students in the past design food labels of their “ideal” food, but never re-thinking the concept behind the label itself!
Other things I have come across recently:
1. Jamie Oliver’s food revolution-inspiring and conveys the obesity/diabetes crisis happening in this country. Not sure how to use it yet, but perhaps watch an episode and figure out one small change they can make in their own/their family’s eating habits?
2. keeping a food journal, in conjunction with #1
3. having them self-document all of the meanings of “health” and “unhealthy” in their lives–to convey that this is a complicated, value-laden term that their students may not come to school with the same understandings about.