Academic journal article Journal of School Health

The Key to Healthy Communication

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

The Key to Healthy Communication

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Topic

Healthy Communication

Lesson Objective

Communicate thoughts, feelings, and opinions appropriately.

Assessment Criteria

Identify healthy, socially acceptable ways of expressing thoughts, feelings, and opinions in a variety of situations.

Activities and Strategies

Make a construction paper key for each student. On one key, write the word "communication," but do not call attention to it.

Prepare a box with a keyhole cut to fit the "communication" key. Tell students that each of them is to try to unlock the box with their keys. None of the keys will work, except the "communication" key. When that key is tried, the box will open. Tell students that "communication" is the key to understanding each other.

Let the student who opened the box distribute the worksheets previously placed inside the box. After the students work the problems and decode the message, lead a class discussion on communication. Ask students to name topics that might be difficult to talk about with another person. Examples are:

* attraction to a special boy or girl

* death in the family

* depression

* divorce in the family

* financial problems

* one's weight or complexion

* anger toward someone

Ask students to suggest why these topics are difficult to discuss. …

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