What effective instructional strategies are used in the HealthSmart curriculum?

HealthSmart includes instructional strategies and learning experiences that are student-centered, interactive and experiential.

Learning experiences correspond with students’ cognitive and emotional development, help them personalize information, and maintain their interest and motivation while accommodating diverse capabilities and learning styles.

Skills practice often involves roleplay (communication skills) or other simulations of real-life situations (decision making, accessing resources, analyzing influences). Students also set goals and follow through on personal plans of action to improve health practices. Advocacy skills most often involve group project work that is shared with peers or the wider school community. Each content area unit at Middle and High School also includes a project-based performance task for overall assessment.

Instructional strategies and learning experiences include methods for:

  • Addressing key health-related concepts
  • Encouraging creative expression
  • Sharing personal thoughts, feelings, and opinions
  • Thoughtfully considering new arguments
  • Developing critical thinking skills