Revoluntionize Your Health Class!

Often the idea of health class is weighted down by regurgitation of first aide information and busy work to keep students distracted, but how much learning is really occurring? Health classes are the one class that has opportunity to make a huge difference by engaging students in a variety of activities. It’s time to revolutionize the health class and allow students to walk away with knowledge and an experience that leaves them thinking about content outside of class. Here’s four easy and innovative ways to mix up your health class that will leave your students loving health like never before.

1. JOURNALS- The power of literacy in your hands. As a physical educator, we often stereotyped as nothing more than a jock that rolls out equipment and plays all day. However, we can in fact be one of the most influential literacy educators if we challenge the role of our profession. The idea of a health journal for your students is one of the simplest tasks yet often over looked. Instead of health homework, (that only gets pushed aside compared to the mathematics and science homework) students can have a journal in which they will write a response in the beginning of every class. Guidelines for journal entrees can be as simple as one paragraph discussing the topic written on the board. Possible questions for response could be “How would you feel if someone called you fat today?” or “How do you feel about chemicals like fluoride being put into your water without your consent?” Questions as simple as these can get your student thinking and engaged in the topic without even having to say a word. Reading the journals will also allow you to learn more about your students without the judgment factor. What could be better than an instant activity to engage students that is cross-curricular and asks student to dig deep?

2. SOCRATIC SEMINARS – Discuss, Discuss, Discuss! Let’s get our students talking in a judgment free mature way! The idea behind a Socratic Seminar is to give students an opportunity to discuss and sound board ideas off each other in an educationally way. Students should be put in a circle and given a statement or question that they then begin to respond to. The student rules of a Socratic seminar are simple; do not raise your hand, instead wait for an opportunity to speak your opinion. Do not interrupt others while they are talking. Continue discussion until the topic has been fully discussed or a new idea is posed. Teacher rules are; Pose a question and or statement and allow students to fully discuss and lead the discussion in an appropriate direction without dominating the topic. This type of circle talk can be hard at first, but once students know and have practiced the idea they will be more engaged and have more thoughtful responses. Some successful ways to start the discussion can be asking students to discuss the point being made in a political cartoon or the message behind a commercial or even something as simple as having some students act out a pre-written skit on a desired topic and then discussing the skit. The limits are endless and therefore so are the student benefits!

3. PUPPET SHOWS- A little acting never hurt anyone! Some topics such as domestic violence and the crucial sex education lessons can be hard to approach. However, puppets can be the golden ticket to quality education in a comfortable setting. Often class skits work, however, some topics do not allow for students to play the actually character, such as a rape victim, in a non-judgment environment. Rather than make a student play a role, students can be given puppets in which they can act with. This allows for students to get up, get into groups, and work collaboratively with others to send a message to fellow students. It also can allow for some appropriate humor to break up the seriousness in the health class. Pre-determined script to start with will allow students to get the feel for what is acceptable. This is turn can allow you to add a performance based part to an exam, such as create and act out a two minute skit on the dangers of drunk driving. What better way to assess whether your students understand the content then making them actually demonstrate it off the scantron?

4. GAMES! Let’s play! Yes I said play! Students learn best when they are engaged and active so let’s get them moving! Games such as jeopardy can be one of the more traditional games, yet still allow for an interesting and competitive review game. Fly swatter health is one of my personal favorite games. This is how simple it is. Get two-four giant sized or normal sized fly swatters and split your class into groups, Write TRUE and FALSE very large on any board surface or even post a poster on a wall you have available. Have one member from each group step up with the fly swatter and make a statement. Student must then be the first one to hit the correct possibility (in this case TRUE or FALSE) to gain points for their team. Students are learning, competing, and having fun! Who knew? Other games can include writing the best slogan for a new product when teaching a performance-enhancing lesson or creating a monopoly style health board game. Students will retain the information and its purpose more by actually doing something rather than filling out a worksheet after watching a video.

These are just four ways to mix up your health class, but the possibilities truly are endless. Health topics are serious, however, they need to be taught in a way that seriously makes a difference! We need to push the envelope and get our students to play with purpose even in the classroom!


Health Education Certificate Study Options

Studying for a career in health education can be done by enrolling in an accredited school or college. Students can receive the training they need to pursue a career in the health care field. Gaining an education in this field will allow for numerous career opportunities. Students can receive a number of accredited degrees by completing the educational requirements.

Professionals in this field are trained to provide an education to various individuals and groups. These professionals teach about nutrition, fitness and exercise, drugs, human health, immunizations, STD’s, and many other subjects. These types of educators are trained to provide knowledge to the community for a variety of reasons. Those who choose to can gain an accredited education in the field by enrolling in a number of schools and colleges.

Bachelors Degree

Obtaining an accredited bachelors level degree in health education can be done through a variety of medical education training programs. Completion of a program at this level typically requires four years of study. Students can gain the knowledge and skills to pursue the career they desire. Bachelor level degrees allow students to learn how to work individuals and groups to teach a variety of subjects. Obtaining knowledge in certain areas will help students with their career. Coursework may cover subjects such as:


  • Human Health
  • Sex and Drug Education
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Leadership
  • Health Communication


…and many other related areas of study. By gaining an education in these specific areas students will be prepared to enter into the workforce ready to succeed. By receiving an accredited bachelors degree students can begin employment or pursue a master’s level education.

Masters Degree

Masters degree studies will train students for their desired career as a health education specialist. Students can earn an accredited degree by completing an additional four years of study. Gaining a masters level education in health education will prepare students to work with a variety of people teaching them about a number of health related subjects. Coursework can have students studying subjects like:


  • Education
  • School Health
  • Foreign Language
  • Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Science


…and more. With an education in these areas student will have the knowledge needed to find employment in their desired area of the field. By gaining an accredited masters degree in the field students can enter the workforce prepared for the career of a lifetime.

Whether an education is received at the bachelor or master degree level career possibilities can include working in a variety of places. Students can find work in health care clinics, schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and more. Possible career options can also include work in rehabilitation therapy, education, health care, government, and much more. Studies will allow a world of opportunities to open in the workforce allowing students to enter the workforce in their desired area.

Gaining accredited health education training will allow students to receive the quality education and training they deserve. Accreditation is provided by agencies like the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools ( ) and more. Training in the health care field will provide students with the opportunity to pursue a number of exciting career positions. Students can learn more by requesting information from their programs of interest.

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