Panorama Community Schools

Personal & Social Strategies

Grade 9 - Positive Mental Health
Select one or more of the below activities about sustaining positive mental health for an advisery period completion
  1. Healthy Relationships (article read and group process)
    1. Website Navigation & Discussion: Defining a Health Relationship for Teens - Palo Alto Medical Foundation website; A, B, C outline of mental health challenges for teenagers - Awareness, Balance, & Conscious Choices
      1. have students read, share with one another, share with group, as group select some themes to take away from the article
  2. Unhealthy Teenager Risk Taking (watch video, article read, each student writes short paragraph to self)
    1. Consider this 2010, Austin, Texas NBC tv news video story (2m40sec) which reports that dopamine brain levels may contribute to teenagers' unfortunate "prediction error" thinking and leading to addictions.
    2. Read: "Society for Science & the Public" webpage; online article, Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 2012, explains role of brain dopamine related to teenagers, pleasure, and risk taking.
      1. Use, Teacher Questions for The Teenage Brain
      2. Have each student write brief paragraph about how they could use these ideas to keep themselves or others safer (put in advisery folder).
  3. Consider Ways Popular Social Media Tools Can Effect People
    1. Article Reviews: Divide class into three smaller groups, giving each  group member 1 of the 4 articles, direct group members to read and then decide at least 3 main ideas to share out with whole group, after the three groups have shared their article, assist large group to identify 2 or 3 themes that can be used to help avoid negative mental health experiences with social media - 
      1. 10 Ways Social Media Effects our Mental Health,, Caitlin Probst, April 29, 2015
      2. 5 Negative Effects of Social Media On Your Mental Health, Counsel & Health/Mental Health, George Houston, May 2016
      3. 7 Ways Facebook is Bad for Your Mental Health, Psychology Today, Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D, April 2014
      4. Facebook and Twitter Could Lead to a Mental Health Timebomb, Mark Prigg,, March 2016
    2. Video & Discussion: Watch each video and create list points made by speakers to address two questions:  "What are companies doing to help people and their businesses?"  & "How can individuals use the shared strategies to benefit their personal lives?"
      1. Del Harvey: Protecting Twitter users (sometimes from themselves)Ted video (9m15sec),
      2. Tim Leberecht, 3 Ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand, Ted video (6m30sec)
Grade 10 
Stress Management
1.What Stresses Teens Out? (7 min)
1) ask students to brainstorm with one another or on their own - "the issues that stress teen out".
2) review the PAMF survey results on what stresses teens out; What Stresses Teens Out?, Nancy Brown, Ph.D, Oct.2013
3) compare and contrast as group with students willing to share from their brainstorm
2. How Can Life Balance Help Reduce Stress from Starting? (7 min)
1) Read over the article as a group; Life Balance, Palo Alto Medical Center, Nancy Brown, Ph.D & Elizabeth Lee, MD, Oct.2013
2) Ask students to select the life balance strategies they believe the doctors who wrote this article got right (discuss as possible)
3) Ask students what strategies had they not considered as real options before reading the article (discuss as possible)
3. What are the Seven Stress Tips to Address Stress When It Is Happening? (7 min)
1) Have students review the seven stress tips, then (let them know it is ok to mark one of the seven more than once)
a. Check 1 they think would be difficult for them to use
b. Box in 2 they have not thought much about trying
c. Circle 3 or more they believe would be good to try or use
4) Summarize - each student writes a one sentence summary of what they can do to manage stress on the back page of the article and places in their Advisery folder. (3 min)
Grade 11 & 12
Ethical Decision Making & Actions as a Leader
  1. What are some examples of unethical behavior have you seen or learned about? (Write down or share with person in room)
  2. Being an ethical person is great for our community and world, but it is not always easy to take ethical action. Being ethical requires us to demonstrate some or all of the 6 pillars of good character identified by Character Counts. (Review the 6 pillars  & ID which you see most and least - discuss with person in room)
  3. Complete the McGraw-Hill/Irwin online Ethics quiz, 10 questions, which places us in the role of a leader, Review your score, Read over the post quiz answer descriptions for those items you may have been unsure about answering, and Listen to classmates & Share your thoughts about behaving ethically in a work setting.  
  4. Write a one sentence summary of ethical belief you can use in future as a leader, place sentence in your advisery folder.