Health Symposium Vignette 2 Paul is in his eleventh year of teaching.

He has been teaching health education at Follett Middle School for two years. Before teaching health, he was a social studies teacher. Because it is mandatory for all students to receive HIV/AIDS training annually, Follett Middle School Administration decided to have the social studies teachers teach this content because not every student in the school had health. Paul enjoyed teaching this subject, so when there was an opening in the building for a full time health teacher, Paul took it without hesitation. Part of the reason Paul decided to switch content areas was his frustration with his own son’s health education in the middle level. His son, Steve, was very naive about the world, and made some very poor decisions. Paul felt that if a better system were in place at the middle level, students would have the knowledge and skills to make healthier and better life decisions. Paul desperately wanted to change what was occurring at his middle school. The first year Paul taught health to sixth and eighth grade students. Because of the configuration of the school’s master schedule, Paul and another colleague, Courtney both taught health to two grade levels. Courtney instructed health education at the seventh and eighth grades. When Paul first took the assignment he was excited. He felt he would have a colleague to bounce ideas off of, and someone to help him design a more rigorous and relevant curriculum. Unfortunately, this didn’t occur as often or as easily as Paul would have liked. Courtney had been teaching health at Follett Middle School the entire time Paul was there. Seven year’s ago, she and her previous colleague Gil, had put an enormous amount of time in creating the curriculum for the school. As far as Courtney was concerned, it was and still is the best curriculum available for students. The curriculum Courtney and Gil created covered six major areas: 1. behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries 2. drug and alcohol use 3. sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy 4. tobacco use 5. dietary behaviors 6. physical activity A majority of the activities put together were recall, skill, and knowledge based, but kid’s seemed to enjoy them. What was important for Courtney is that students got a wide range of information about health facts. This is what frustrated Paul. He knew that the standards had been revised, and that the material they were using was obsolete and bordering medically inaccurate, but he liked Courtney and didn’t want to step on her toes. She was very supportive and offered him all the support she could.

Health Symposium Vignette 2