Parish Virtual - Health - Summer 2017

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ParishVirtual- Health

Course Description:

This course takes a comprehensive look at issues facing young adults in regards to healthy living. It is the equivalent of one trimester of Health. Students will be asked to integrate detailed information regarding biological and psychological well being into broader thematic schemes of societal pressure and media influence.  Students will develop research skills and engage in analysis and self-evaluation to investigate how these issues affect them.    Topics include an overview of healthful living and good habit formation, investigation into common mental health issues related to stress, anxiety, and depression, exercise and nutrition, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. (For a more detailed list of topics please see the syllabus)  The course requires that students investigate many of these issues to produce a deeper understanding and encourage good personal choices.
Information will be presented via online video lectures and articles as well as face to face class meetings.  Taking notes while watching and reading the online content is essential for developing mastery of the content.  The face to face meetings will be used to fill gaps, make clarifications, address concerns and allow for sharing of ideas. 
Students will have to be motivated and disciplined enough to work autonomously.  Students will submit their work via Schoology.  The course is divided into 6 units.  There will be 7 "tasks" to complete that require the student to research a topic and understand the information in a way to draw conclusions and make decisions about their personal health. There will also be various content checks that must be completed within each unit.  In order to move from one unit to the next, a student is required to complete and submit the content checks and the tasks and score 80% (or better) on a mastery assessments. Students are encouraged to collaborate with others in the course to develop their understandings.  There will be a dynamic online environment where students can ask questions and share ideas. 
Students will be evaluated using the mastery quizzes as well as on the completion and quality of their 7 submitted "tasks."  The class participation grade will be based on helpful and meaningful interactions in the online environment and in the face to face classrooms.   Students are encouraged to seek out resources to aid in their understanding and to be creative yet accurate in their presentation. 


While the course content is online, the nature of the course is "blended." Meaning there are traditional in-class meetings. There are 10 scheduled face-to-face sessions and students are required* to attend at least 6 (preferably one per module).  Of course students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions.  Face-to-face sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and the schedule of meeting can be found on the course calendar.  If you will miss a scheduled face-to-face meeting you must connect with the instructor via email or Schoology (online classroom management). If not in class, you need to communicate your progress.  Students are expected to participate in on-line discussions by responding to posted prompts in the discussion forum.

* (more accurately- strongly encouraged-  if it is not possible to attend 6 face-to-face meeting please be sure to communicate with the instructor so we can determine if you can complete the course satisfactorily).

Course Objectives:
  • To successfully complete a high school health curriculum. 
  • To encourage students to work independently and collectively to research and integrate new understandings for healthy living.
  • To engage in authentic learning experiences and report on the process and results.
  • To learn how to evaluate, interpret and draw conclusions based on data from varied sources.

We aim to prepare students for making responsible and healthful living choices. The goal of this course is to produce healthy young adults—the sort who are aware of how to make responsible choices as it relates to their health. The instructors hope that the study of healthful living will kindle an interest in the basic understanding of "Health", Health Risks, Health Education, Mental Health and Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Nutrition, Self Protection, Relationships, and Personal Fitness.


Students in Health should refine their abilities to:

1.      Recognize and manage stress

2.      Protect oneself from harmful living and make responsible, educated choices;

3.      Defend viewpoints and be comfortable with the outcome of their decisions; and

            4.     Learn about themselves as learners and assume more responsibility for their own learning


GRADING:                           7 - Tasks                                            50%

                                               6 - Mastery Quizzes                             40%

                                               Content Checks                                   10%


 Grading Scale for Tasks:
100-95 - excellent, very well detailed, well researched and expertly presented
94-88 - Well done with details, researched and presented neatly
87-82 - Complete with some elaboration, some research, presented adequately
81-75 - Complete, minimal research, presented adequately
74-68 - Missing some content, little research, presented adequately
67-61 - Missing information, little to no research, not presented well
60 and below - worse than above.

Abbreviated Course Outline:             

Introduction to Healthy Living: Scope, definitions, best practices, media and social influences

Mental Health: Stress Anxiety, and Depression

Exercise and Fitness: Why, What and How?

Nutrition: Healthy food choices, safe dieting, special diets
Healthy Relationships – Realities of Sex, Dating, Violence and Abuse

Substance Abuse: Drugs and Alcohol


            Class Expectations

1. Student engagement is just as important in an online course as in a traditional classroom. Although each student will work mostly from home on a flexible schedule, we encourage each student to develop the self-discipline to watch videos, read articles and take notes to identify topics of difficulty.

2. Stay on pace with the calendar. Students’ daily participation is an essential element of a rich and meaningful experience in the course. Turn in assignments on (or before) checkpoints. Checkpoints are ‘soft deadlines’ designed to help students stay on-track to complete the course within the scheduled time frame. Courses in ParishVirtual allow maximum flexibility: students are welcome to move from one checkpoint to the next at their own pace, but you are expected to communicate with me regarding missed deadlines.


3. Do not wait for information to come to you.  Go get it.  Be organized.  Keep all of your notes in one location so that you can easily access it.

4. You must master one section before moving on to the next section.

5. Students are to be HONOR BOUND  - Students must produce original work. The Parish Episcopal School’s Honor Code is always in effect.


Please treat our online discussion spaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate online. While we encourage each student to engage in discussion and conversation with others online, we also expect that all will conduct themselves in a manner reflective of The Parish Way:

·         Strive to contribute positively to our collaborative learning environment: be sure comments are factually correct, sensitive, and respectful. When you have doubts, hold off, save your reply to a draft folder, reread, and possibly edit it later.

·         Be careful about the tone of your messages. Tone is conveyed not only by the words you use, but also by the use of exclamation points, all capital letters, and emoticons (symbols for smiles J, frowns L, etc.).

·         Be sure that you give credit to sources you quote or paraphrase. Plagiarism is a serious offense; the Parish Honor Code is in force.

·         Remember, contributing to an online discussion is a public activity. Anything that gets posted to the Internet stays here. Forever.

·         Never give out personal information online. These pages exist as a public space on the Internet. Please "sign" your comments with first name and last initial only.

·         We aspire to create an on-going deliberative dialogue: a safe, respectful on-line community that engages in conversations to learn from each other, rather than to debate and 'win.'