In an ideal HealthSmart learning environment, students feel empowered to participate and contribute as they learn concepts and practice skills that will lead to healthy behavior choices.
Lessons encourage discussion and student input. The educator guides students in first exploring attitudes, beliefs, norms, and/or the relevance of a particular health topic to their lives. Knowledge-based lessons present information through interactive discussion and frequent small-group work, while skills-based lessons involve explanation and modeling by the educator followed by hands-on practice through roleplays, small-group work and student projects. The health class can be a place where students’ real-world concerns can be addressed with practical knowledge and skills they can apply outside of the classroom.