Health and Wellness
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Hello! I am Amy Strickland Johnson. I have been a teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools since 1992 and at Sullivan since 2002. I am so lucky to work with an amazing team of teachers! I teach PreK-8th grade Health and Wellness, Mindfulness and Yoga.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Kinesiology from the Univeristy of Minnesota as well as my Physical Education and

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Developmental/Adapted Physical Education Licenses.  I attended Hamline University and received a Certificate for Teaching English Language Learners. My Health Education License was acquired from the University of St. Thomas and Bemidji State University.

 

I believe that Health is LIfe and that it is up to us to decide how we live our lives. We can choose to be positive and helpful even when

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life is stressful or when we are struggling with difficult life and health issues. Does this mean that we are never sad or upset? NO! It is healthy to have a wide range of emotions, however, we do not want to get "stuck" being angry or unhappy all the time. We cannot control what happens to us but we can control how react to it!

 

Take care, of yourself, do what is right, be your best

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and help others.  You are IMPORTANT and you deserve the best in your life!


For more information about me, check out my eFolio site:  http://amystricklandjohnson.v2efoliomn.mnscu.edu/Home

Feel free to contact me at: amy.strickland@mpls.k12.mn.us

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Do You Know What Your Children Are Viewing?

 

The internet provides us with the ability to access vast amounts of information without much effort.

We are able to learn about history and current events, we are able to stay connected and to communicate with our family and friends, we are able to complete class assignments and business transactions and to share what we know with others. There are so many benefits in using technology to gain knowledge and understanding of ourselves, others and the world.

It is important, however, to remember that finding information on the "web" does not mean that it is accurate, factual or even real. In addition, the information can be inappropriate for children and teens.

What sort of inappropriate content might my child see?

What you think is inappropriate material for your child will probably differ from your child’s view or that of other parents. It will also depend on your child’s age and maturity level. Inappropriate content includes information or images that upset your child, material that’s directed at adults, inaccurate information or information that might lead or tempt your child into unlawful or dangerous behavior.

 
Examples of inappropriate content:
pornographic material
content containing swearing
sites that encourage vandalism, crime, terrorism, racism, eating disorders, even suicide
pictures, videos or games which show images of violence or cruelty to other people or animals
gambling sites
unmoderated chatrooms – where there’s no one supervising the conversation and barring unsuitable comments.
 
It can be difficult to monitor what your child is viewing as they can access this material through any internet enabled device, including mobile ones such as a phone or tablet. Sometimes your child may stumble upon unsuitable sites by accident, through apps they’ve downloaded to their mobile device or through links they’ve been sent by friends, chatting to others online, or even through inter-device communication systems such as Bluetooth or Apple’s AirDrop.
 
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Talk To Your Kids!!

Young people have so many questions, so many misconceptions about the world around them.  They are surrounded by media influences that lead them to believe that you need to be happy all the time, that they deserve what they want when they want it, that drugs and alcohol are cool and that everyone is having sex.  How confusing it is for a young person to navigate through!

Our young people need expectations and responsibilities.  They need someone to hold them accountable for their actions. They need to know how life REALLY is.  They need trusted adults to talk to them about concerns and worries so they can learn healthy ways to cope.

Talk to your child(ren).  Keep lines of communication open and be willing to let your kids express their emotions.  Our kids want and need our attention.