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Core Values 2012-2013

In this blog we will explore issues we face living in today’s world.  This is a place for reflection and opportunity to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

Coping Skills


In class we reviewed and talked about a long list of coping skills, both positive and negative.  Pick a positive coping skill you use.  Write a paragraph describing what it is and think of a time when you have used it.  Did it help?  Will you use it again?  Has it become “habit” for you?  Are there similar ideas you can use to respond to stress or negative situations?



Exp 016What is your greatest challenge in school?  Peers? Academics? Teachers? Self-motivation? Reflect on what your greatest challenge is to be successful in school.  Create a three paragraph writing outlining your greatest challenge.   What are the steps you will take to overcome that challenge?  What will overcoming that challenge look like?  Complete your post in a word document and post it to our blog.

My Personal Stress


We have spent time together looking at stress and how it impacts us.  Reflect on what stress is and how it can impact our bodies, psyches, and performance.  What are three different situations where you have encountered stress and how did that work out?  Did you perform, shut down, act out?  What could you have done differently?  Was it a matter of perception?  Please include terminology we have learned and ideas we have discussed.

Can Stress Help Me?


In class we have learned about the “performance curve”.  The idea is that we all need to feel some stress in our lives or we might not get anything done.  But, if the stress is too great we often act out or “check out”.  Think of a situation where stress helped inspire you to perform better.  Reflect on that situation and why stress helped.  Please include not only the situation, but how you looked at or perceived that situation.

Resolution can be defined as the following:
1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
2. A resolving to do something.
3. A course of action determined or decided on.
Any person who is at least a little self-aware, knows that there will always be things about themselves they can improve on or work to change.  The new year has always been a time when people have “resolved” to put the past behind them and push forward with a fresh start.  Reflect on at least one issue you’d like to work on and why.  Most importantly, how do you plan on doing this?

Holiday for Stress

The holiday season is traditionally a time for family and fun.  The image in our society is one of perfectly cooked turkeys, presents under the tree, and perfect families gathered for good times.  In reality, the holidays are a time of great stress for many.  In this blog please address issues that can cause stress for you or others during the holiday.  Triggers like family conflict, money problems, family illness, and high expectations can push people over the edge.  What can cause you or your family stress in this time of joy?  What can you do about it?  What do you have to be grateful for this holiday season?

World Trade Center

After watching excerpts from “World Trade Center” reflect on how some of the characters in the film reacted to their situations.  How are the reactions different between those who “fear their life will be over” vs. those who “fear their life as they know it will be over”.  How does this impact the “fight or flight” reaction?  How do you think you would have reacted in their situation?  Do you think they handled it well or not?


We often think about stress strictly as a mental or “brain” thing.  We have discussed in class how stress causes physical changes in your body.  In this post, talk about how stress impacts you physically.  Think of class discussions, use your notes, and share a personal experience when you have felt stress’s impact on your body.