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Overview of the Adolescent Health Education Guide: Teacher Edition

This book is a guide to show you the different aspects of the content of health education. It is the result of our collection and review of data and literature. Seventeen essays explain in detail why young people should learn about these topics. We hope that you and your team will find guidance and practical tips to help you further improve your current health curriculum and programmes for youth.

This book provides ready-to-use materials supplemented with teaching slides and student worksheet templates. Teachers can choose from the nine available teaching units and make appropriate tailoring to fulfil the student's needs in the school. We have written more than 30 reading articles suitable for teenagers and short stories describing different life situations of teenagers, which can be used as materials for case analysis in class. The introduction presents how secondary school teachers in Hong Kong can apply these resources and provides a variety of suggestions on how to extend the application of these teaching materials. Another feature of this book is that it contains QR codes linked to the videos produced by our project team with the support of the Quality Education Fund. You may scan the code to watch the videos and recommend these videos to your students.

This book is a reference book for teachers' professional development. We believe every teacher cares about students' holistic physical and mental development. However, in the face of new trends in educational development and responding to the needs of students and changing society, teachers often need to implement health programmes while equipping them with professional knowledge. This book is suitable for individuals and for the entire education team. It cooperates well with the "plan-implement-evaluate" pattern or other implementation models so that teachers sharing the common goal in health promotion can enhance their knowledge and support each other after reading this book, discuss how to improve the current curriculum and programmes and discover the suitable educational contents and ways to delivery learning activities. The whole book is written in a Q&A style, hoping to interact with readers, stimulating you to explore new questions and find the answers with us. You can find healthy living tips and principles we summarised from literature, such as recommendations for physical activity for children and adolescents, recommendations for sleep hours, etc. which are based on scientific evidence-based recommendations from the World Health Organization, governmental departments, and academic institutions. A reference list of literature is available at the end of each article, and you can find original works from the Internet and libraries according to the information.

We need your support. This book primarily tries to answer why and what to teach about health. It also explores the contents of adolescent health education from multiple perspectives and can be used as a blueprint for teachers to design health curricula. Regarding the issue of "how to teach", as translated in many of our essays and teaching materials, we encourage teaching approaches that support students to identify a particular problem or situation and try to resolve it. The problem-solving learning process fosters a higher degree of participation of students. In addition, since health behaviours can be reinforced in repeated practice, and habits become unsustainable usually because of inertia and environmental influences, so continuous reminders and encouragement are needed for good habits to sustain. For evaluation, only a sample worksheet for each reading article is available as a reference. Teachers usually have to set more appropriate evaluation questions and criteria according to the student's level and curriculum goals when applying the teaching materials (such as the evaluation criteria for project learning). If you have used our teaching materials, please reflect on your feedback and suggestions by completing an online form. You can also contact us to let us know more about the frontline experience of teachers, understand why you choose the topics, decide what to teach, how to deliver and design learning activities, and how to evaluate the effects.


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