Kisses & Hugs,
My name is Bethany and I am a proud peer educator for a grade 4/5 class at Rideau Public School! Afterour first lesson we decided the students would benefit from splitting up the grades in order to satisfytheir grade requirements more effectively. This smaller student-to-teacher ratio has made the lessonsso valuable because we get to know each of the children we teach. I am teaching the grade 4s andwe have been working hard to learn all the harmful effects of smoking. Last week we discussed howsmoking companies persuade youth to buy cigarettes. By examining numerous smoking advertisements we concluded no matter what they say, SMOKING IS NOT COOL! The students are so eager to show how much they know about smoking that they worked in groups to produce wonderful anti-smoking posters. These posters will be completed this week and will be posted up in the hallways of Rideau Elementary School. This week we will be practising how to say NO, with different role playing activities. This class isfull of leaders, and are excited to teach others about everything they know about leading a healthy life. One student promised to not include any scenes of smoking in his future movie producing career, haha! While another promised to discourage his little siblings from smoking. I look forward to spending time with this vibrant class every week and can’t wait to see how they respond to the next lessons with me!!
My name is Emily and I am a Peer Educator with Bethany in a grade 4/5 class at Rideau Public School. I just joined the project about a month ago and I’m so happy to already have the opportunity to meet students. Currently, I have been teaching the small group of grade 5’s in the the class about alcohol. It’s been really great to get to know all of the kids well. Last week we talked about the effects of alcohol on the body. The kids got to experience how alcohol can make people lose control of their actions by wearing some homemade “drunk goggles” and trying to do some normally easy tasks while they were dizzy or had impaired vision. We also played a matching game where the students categorized the effects of alcohol into “long term”, “short term” or “both” and talked about what all of the effects meant. This week, we learned about why some people choose to drink, and how we can safely and assertively decline alcohol if someone is offering it to us. The students acted out different scenarios where they were being pressured to drink alcohol but successfully declined. These lessons were the first introduction the students had to this topic and they were really involved in learning about it and were really keen to show the different ways they could turn down drinking. Next week we’re bringing the grades back together to start their introduction to puberty; stay tuned for updates !!
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
- Identify areas to change.
- Check yourself periodically during the day.
- Be open to humor.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Practice positive self-talk.
Our next class is shaping up (currently in the planning process) to be just as thrilling and informative
My name’s Megan & I’m a third year health and psychology student here at Queen’s! Since joining QHO in October I’ve been hard at work preparing lessons, practicing teaching and starting up teaching lessons in a combined 6/7 & 7/8 classroom at Frontenac Public School. Along with two of my colleagues (Kayleigh and Ron), I’ve been heading into FPS once a week since the middle of November – we’ve been having fun and learning how to living healthy!
I’ll keep you posted!
Welcome to the Queen’s Health Outreach Kingston Project blog for the 2012-2013 school year. It’s here that you’ll find out about all the exciting lessons, events and workshops our amazing Peer Educators (or PE’s as we like to call them) have been planning and implementing in six Kingston schools and community groups. Check back with us regularly so you don’t miss out on all the awesome.
So, who are the fine folks that run the QHO Kingston Project? Well there’s us, Madison & Maddy (or Mads2 as we often refer to ourselves), the Project Directors. Aside from the logistical and managerial aspect of the Project, we’re also the ones who selected 10 of Queen’s University’s finest to be Peer Educators throughout the 2012-2013 school year. It’s thanks to this dedicated bunch that QHO Kingston is able to have such a profound impact on the youth in the Kingston community.
(Top Left) Peer Educators: Ron, Bethany, Megan, Alison, Luzha (Middle) Vivian, Kayleigh, Paul, Liora (Bottom) Project Directors: Maddy, Madison (Missing) Julia
These guys and gals have been hard at work since the middle of October coming up with interactive, fun and effective ways to approach health education in classrooms at Central Public School, Frontenac Public School, Rideau Public School, Limestone Continuing Education and a Girl Guides group. Through discussion, activities and games, the PE’s provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions regarding their personal health and lifestyle both now, and in the future.
Like we said, our PE’s will be filling you guys in regularly about all the teaching, learning and project happenings throughout the year – and trust us, they will have lots to say!!
On that note, we would just like to say thank you for stopping by, we really appreciate your interest. All the QHO projects are made possible thanks to the enormous out pour of support from community members, sponsors, donors, friends and family – you guys rock!
That’s all for now,
P.S If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org