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the first few days of class were to get to know the students and set the expectations for class.

The students were asked 4 questions, which are

1. what are your goals for school, and class
2. our class will be_________________ (students had to fill in the blank) why? 

( know your why? when you know your "why" --your what becomes important)

3. How can Mr. Murrell help you?

4. Why is health a practical application to your life?

the next opportunity was a n in class writing assignment based on the book; " I wish My Teacher Knew"  How one question can change everything for our kids by Kyle Schwartz.
This is an invaluable K-12 guide for teachers, parents and communities- based on the worldwide viral phenomenon.

Next Up: the 6 most important decisions you'll ever make by Sean Covey.  

Students were assigned chapters to read as a group, take notes, and create a presentation for the class. As they became the teachers to teach the class on their sections. In class project, which was a work habit grade.  Students were given 3 days in class to complete their lesson.

Deputy Martin was in for two days presenting the Y.E.S.S  program to the students. This 2 day presentation covered digital safety.  Information on "BOTS AND "TROLLS" 
BOTS are artificial intelligence that keep track what a person clicks on the internet.  TROLLS are humans who track Hashtags and forward them around the internet. 

Students were taught the 5 rules for social media which are;
1. use privacy settings
2. think before you post
3. be respectful
4. be careful about location 
5. watch the clock (as not to spend too much time online)

The following is a snap shot of other topics covered in the presentation:
1 FOMO  fear of missing out
2.FAME face address memoirs emotions
3.TAR: tolerance acceptance resilience 

the 5 C's  which is helpful for students to understand what is on social media
1. context
2 credibility
3. construction
4. corroboration
5. compare

Students were given a interim quiz over the presentation by Deputy Martin.  


SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLNESS UNIT .  In this unit, students are given a journal quote for the first 6  minutes of class to answer in their private journal.  they answer the question for themselves.  the DBQ is the debatable question, in which the students in their table groups, debate the given question, brainstorm if the question is true or misleading. then they present their findings to the class.

the first lesson was about personality.  learning target: to learn and understand what the 5 traits that are used to define personality.

we defined the following traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experiences.  then we looked at two factors of personality, which are heredity and environment.  which also covered family, friends, and culture.  in addition, we covered self-esteem and self concept and how to boost your self esteem. by doing the following:

1. maintain a positive attitude
2. focus on your strengths and to chase down your weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
3. set ambitious but realistic goals for yourself
4. do not be to hard on yourself
5. rely on your values ( which are your feelings and beliefs that guide the decision making process)
6. learn to accept compliments but be aware of insincere flattery
7. random acts of kindness to others.
8. don't focus too much on appearance ( it can undermine self esteem)


Primary Emotions: are emotions that are expressed by people in all cultures.  Happiness, sadness, anger, fear are examples of primary emotions. Some emotions are not expressed in the same way by all people.  These emotions are called social emotions or learned emotions. The expression of learned emotions depends on the social environment in which a person grows up in.  Love, Guilt and Shame are examples of learned emotions.

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