Respect in Action!

Today we’ll be working on skits revolving around different topics of respect.  Choose one of the topics below for your skit and come up with a 2 minute skit that we will film in class. The guidelines are below. Have fun! 🙂


  1. Respecting Differences (culturally, beliefs, etc)
  2. Self-Respect
  3. Respecting Rules
  4. Respecting the feelings of others
  5. Respecting one’s privacy


  • Needs to have a narrator and different characters
  • Needs to include a description of the “issue”
  • Needs to show the negative effects on a person
  • Needs to show a clear strategy for positively dealing with the issue
  • Everyone needs to be involved

Tourette Syndrome – Aya

I choose this issue because I have seen some people have TS, and sometimes I wonder why this is. I think this is important to me because some of my family members have it too, and so do I. This is important to me because as I said I may have some of this, thats why i want to learn more about it and have I can prevent this by happening when I am with other people. This can affect teenagers because they can get teased if they have TS that look funny.

I learned that tics is a neurological disorder where a person has both motor and vocal tics. Scientists and doctors don’t know the exact cause of tics, but research suggest that, when theres a problem with how nerves communicate in the brain, the chemicals in the brain, that carry nerve signals from cell to cell. TS is not contagious. You can not catch it from someone who has it. Scientists and doctors think the genetic disorder means it passed on from parents to child or happens during development in the womb. People with TS usually first notice symptoms while they’re kids or teens. It affects people of all races and backgrounds although more guys than girls have the condition. I think this is important for people to know about this situation.

Respect Walls!

In class we’ll be working on brainstorming different ideas for 6 different aspects of respect:

  1. Respect for Elders
  2. Respect for Siblings
  3. Respect for Strangers
  4. Self Respect
  5. The role of Body Language in Respect
  6. Showing Disrespect
  7. Cultural Respect

Check out some Exemplar Respect Walls created by students in Wellness using Padlet!!Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 9.41.28 AM

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Francesca: Astigmatism

What do you think when you hear the word astigmatism? Have you heard it before? Do you think of a science case? A bug?

Astigmatism is an eye disorder. It’s not deadly. It’s nothing much to be afraid of. But it may raise some questions, concerns, and thoughts to mind. I have had questions about this particular subject, as well, and I decided to choose this topic to be my Health Buzz project. I was particularly interested in this topic because I actually have astigmatism, but I didn’t know very much about it.

Astigmatism isn’t deadly, isn’t uncommon, and isn’t an obstacle to block anyone from living their lives to the fullest. It is just a fancy word for bad eyesight.

Astigmatism, to be more specific, is a form of bad eyesight where the eye doesn’t take in light rays normally. This can cause things to look differently than they would to someone who doesn’t have astigmatism. Images can be wavy or blurry, and generally hard to see. There are three different types of astigmatism: myopic, nearsighted; hyperopic, farsighted; or mixed, when one eye is nearsighted and the other is farsighted. The cause of astigmatism is an irregularly-shaped cornea. (Your cornea is the transparent layer forming the front of your eye.) Someone who doesn’t have astigmatism has a sphere-shaped cornea, while someone who does have astigmatism has more of a football-shaped cornea.

When light enters your eye, it should refract evenly to create a clear view of what is around you. However, if you have astigmatism, light refracts unevenly, so you get a slightly distorted image. The abnormality of images due to astigmatism differs with each person. Some people may have it so that what they see is only slightly blurred, and nothing looks too irregular, but others may have it so that they could feel dizzy with what they are seeing.

Whether or not you have astigmatism is important to know as early as possible so it can be treated and it won’t get worse. The need to understand astigmatism is fairly important, especially if an eye doctor clarifies that you have astigmatism. If you start having trouble seeing what is happening on the screen from the back of the classroom, have frequent headaches and eye irritation, find yourself squinting often, and fatigue, you may want to get your eye checked. Undetected astigmatism can also have a negative effect on kids our age. It can cause kids our age to feel tired, confused, or anxious. It can also be difficult for them to see things clearly, and it may be hard for them to catch up with daily tasks due to taking time to sort out what they are seeing.

If your doctor confirms that you do, indeed, have astigmatism, it can easily be corrected with glasses, contacts, or visual correction procedures (but this last one is only if it’s very serious and you’re an adult).

I used to believe that astigmatism was an uncommon disease in your eyes. Now I understand that astigmatism is basically the most common form of bad eyesight, which so many people in our world have. In conclusion, astigmatism isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and it’s not something you should worry about, because it’s something that can be easily corrected. What I learned personally from researching this topic is that it is important to understand about ourselves and our symptoms. Looking it up and fully understanding it is much better for yourself than just shrugging it off and assuming that nothing bad will happen. You may be diagnosed with something that is far worse than astigmatism, and if you weren’t initially fully informed, things could take a turn for the worse. It’s important to get a better understanding about ourselves now so that we can choose what’s best for us in the future.

An example of an eye with and without astigmatism

These numbers symbolize the diopter, which is basically how far you can see. Negative numbers show nearsightedness and positive numbers show farsightedness. The larger the number, the more near/farsighted you are.


Zak – Parkinson’s Disease

The topic that I have chosen for my health buzz is called Parkinson’s disease. I chose Parkinson’s because my grandfather has been suffering from the disease for 2 years now, and it has affected our families in physical, mental, and emotional ways. Although my grandfather is the only one with the disease, the symptoms have hurt all the people in our family in different ways. From little things like his hand and fingers moving without him noticing, to his legs giving out and  falling down. This is not only hard for him to feel, but hard for us to watch. We have been able to figure out that this disease also causes his sleep to disrupt, making the disease not only hurt him, but make him uncomfortable and tired. He also has trouble moving from place to place, and has stiffness and resistance in his muscles and limbs. Many people don’t notice the effects that this disease has on the victim, and the people around them. This issue is relevant to me because it doesn’t just affect me and my family, but it affects millions around the globe. This doesn’t affect teenagers directly, but may affect teens emotionally when they see loved ones suffer. Also, Parkinson’s disease is expensive, averaging 2,500$ a year for medication, and 100,000$ for therapeutic surgery per person. This may force teens to drop out of school to support their loved ones, or invest time in jobs to help pay for treatment.

First of all, what exactly is Parkinson’s disease? Well Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that mainly affects the motor system. These symptoms are caused by the death of brain cells in your midbrain. This disease has various effects on the way your body moves. These symptoms include, tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, and postural instability. Tremor happens when your limbs are at rest, and only affects a single limb. It can make the victim’s fingers roll without them even noticing it. Slowness of movement, or hypokinesia, makes the sufferer’s initiation of movements slow and late. Stiffness is when there is continuous resistance and contraction of the muscles, affecting the whole body and not allowing the body to move. Postural instability happens in the later stages of PD, leading to frequent falls and impaired balance.

When I first heard of Parkinson’s, I thought that it was a minor disease that only had some effects, and could easily be cured. Now that I have witnessed what it is like to suffer from the disease, and what it can do to you, my thinking has completely changed. So many people are being affected by this, and their lives can change rapidly. The symptoms are so hard to bare with, and the emotional hurt can affect so many loved ones. I have learned that this issue is so much more devastating and life changing. I think that this can have a larger effect on the people around the sufferer, because it is emotionally hard to watch a loved one deteriorate.

My thinking in Wellness has been influenced because I know that you can’t always think that there is a cure. As of now, there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, which is really depressing for our family. But this has only pushed me to care and support my family even more. Just like in class, there is never always a definitive answer, and you have to push harder to get it. This disease is something that all of our family is doing our best to cure, and we are doing our best to make my Grandpa Dong feel better. This disease should not be taken lightly. It is important to help and care for the sufferer, in any way possible. So many people around the world are suffering from this, so we must be serious. You should always spend time with them whenever you can, because you never know when you’ll say goodbye.

I chose this photo because it shows what parts of the brain are affected by the disease, and what goes on inside the brain. The photo tells you what can happen when you get the disease.Parkinson-Illustration2

Epilepsy By: Wesley

my aunt got diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 years old. Since the time I knew about what it was, I was always wondered is there more to it, so I took the chance to do it as my health buzz.  Epilepsy is a disorder that gives you seizures at random moments, which you don’t have control over. This syndrome can randomly occur at any time of your life. 3 out of the 10,000 people are diagnosed with this syndrome. There is no known cure to it, but there are medicines that minimize the amount of seizures. A seizure is more like a switch in the brain that goes on by itself and when the switch turns back off the seizure discharges. When you have a seizure there is usually a beginning middle and end. They are also known as “electrical storms” in the brain. These seizures take about half a minute and how many a day or a week depends on the effect it has on their body. 5 to 6 out of the 10 people that have this syndrome, get rid of it if they have the right medicines and get taken care of properly. Sadly my aunt was not 1 out of the 5 to 6 people. This is the 4th most common syndrome in the world.

Teenagers with this syndrome get affected by this because they feel left out because they can’t swim with supervision or because of the medicines they are slower than others so the differences are now restrictions. When I asked my mom how my aunt did at school she did really well and luckily she did not get bullied like other kids may be now. It also affects me and some others because you know what it is like and it is not fair that people judge them only because they have a syndrome. That this is not just something we should just make fun about or even just thinking about them differently because everyone is different in their own way. This also affects teenagers with this syndrome because maybe they can not get over the fact that they are different in a way that can not be changed.

Diabetes: Serena

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or not enough insulin causing high blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is where the body does not produce any insulin at all. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before the age of 40. Type 1 is only 10% of the both diabetes. The other type, type 2 is when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 is 90% of the both diabetes. This typically will gets worse gradually. However, you can control type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, keeping a healthy diet, exercise enough, and monitor their blood glucose. Overweight and obese people have a higher risk of getting diabetes as for a healthy weight body. Eating wrong foods, and being physically inactive contributes to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Why did I choose this topic and connections? Why is it important?
I chose this topic because it connects to me. In my family my grandfather had it and two of my uncles have it, all type 2. Type 2 has a stronger connection to family history then type 1. Genetics is a factor of getting diabetes type 2 but lifestyle choices is another factor such as good eating habits and exercising. I also chose this because I have heard of the different types but I didn’t really know what is meant so I wanted to figure it out. Some of my family members have this so it was something I truly cared, interested, and important.

How does this affect teenagers? Why is this relavent to me?
This affects teenagers because the decisions you make now is a factor of the risk to get diabetes. Adolescence is often a the time which is difficult to control healthy blood sugar levels. This generation more and more teenagers are becoming overweight which is increasing risk of diabetes. We need to be more aware of our daily habits. This issue is relevant to because I’m twelve and about to be a teenager which is around when it will be difficult to control healthy blood sugar levels. Also, as I mentioned before it is in my genes.

What did I learn about this issue?
I learned the difference between each type, causes, and effects. I also learned that lifestyles choices are part of causes of getting diabetes. It has made me more aware about this issue and to keep this in mind when I make choices. It has also made me more familiar of what is going on with some of my family members.

What did I learn and how has it changed? How did this expand my learning?
I learned the difference between each type, causes, and effects. I also learned that lifestyles choices are part of causes of getting diabetes. It has made me more aware about this issue and to keep this in mind when I make choices. It has also made me more familiar of what is going on with some of my family members. I also learned that to provide insulin for your body that you need to take a tablet or an injection. My grandpa used to take injections 3 times a day before meals to provide insulin. My thinking changed because before what I thought diabetes was is that you have high levels of blood sugar. Now I know how it is caused, and the a deeper understanding of what it actually means. This expanded my learning because it had made me moe informed about this common disease. I now know a in depth understanding of what diabetes is, effects, factor causes, and symptoms.

How do we get energy from food_ Diabetes Map

Unit 2: Rights and Respect

Great work on our Fitness and Nutrition unit!  This week we will begin our unit on Rights and Respect:

Unit Understandings

  • Students will understand that the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors affect health behaviors.
  • Students will understand that advocating for personal, family and community health promotes healthy behaviors and choices.
  • Students will understand that the ability to use interpersonal communication skills can enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Students will understand that the ability to use decision-making skills enhances health.

Essential Questions

1. What does “respect” mean to me and my family?

2. What types of respect are important to me and why?

3. How will self respect help you challenge bullying?

4. Why are conflict resolution skills good skills for people to have?

5. How would you describe a true friend?

Cholera- koko

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

I chose this topic because not everyone is lucky to have clean water and food. My parents in their younger years, didn’t have enough money for clean water or food, which made me think of the importance of this issue. It made me realize that we must help prevent others that are not as fortunate as us by giving an overview on this issue. It is an imperative that each one of us have a clue on the effects and possible damages it may cause not only to ourselves, but also to our family and to the whole community. Teenagers nowadays, tend to be more careless on the things they eat or drink, without thinking that it could slowly kill them.

While looking for things regarding this issue, I learned that, in order to prevent these kind of diseases, WE must help eah other maintain clean surroundings and keep our foods and drinks clean. Besides, doing so will not only prevent those kind of disease but also help save our dearest planet. It encourages me to be more health-concious while I’m still young and pass this knowledge I learned in the future.