Creating Healthy Routines
A Morning Waiting to be Fulfilled
Good routines can help you feel grounded and secure, as well as helping plan your time during this unscheduled time off from your regular schedule of activities outside your home. Having an organised and predictable routine can have the following benefits:
Wake up, make bed, morning hygiene activities, tidy up room, make morning meal (try something new like making waffles, French Toast, scrambled eggs ), go for morning walk/run/ bike ride or do Yoga, dedicate an amount of time to practice and dig deeper in each of the following subject areas: Science, Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Health/Physical Education, Business, your vocational programs, prepare lunch and clean up, face-time with friends from school and neighborhood, weekly grocery shopping (in practice with social distance guidelines), interact with family through games or helping do chores/ assisting with siblings older family members etc., hobby time, help prepare and eat dinner, interact with other household members, movie time, game time, alone time, evening hygiene, bed time. (please add any daily activities not included).
Start each day with a positive attitude and keep long term goals to help you remain productive. Each day, work on expert practice to reach these goals. The opposite of Expert Practice is mindless practice—just going through the motions without a real goal in mind, without concentration, and without meaningful feedback on how you can improve. When you practice like an expert, you make the most of your practice time. The same three-step process applies whether you want to become better chef, athlete, musician, and student.
I am certain you are familiar with the proverb: "the early bird catches the worm". The proverb signifies the importance of time.
The morning routine you build for yourself will provide you with ample opportunities to schedule in activities that you can improve upon each of them through expert practice. See short video link about expert practice at bottom.
Seeing the Unseen
If you are not familiar with the Australian Science program MythBusters (aired from 2013-2016) you are in for a treat. Below you will find two segments that can help you better understand the issue of contamination as well as how you might spread a virus.
How many times so far have you washed your hands with soap and water today? What song did you sing to yourself to practice the 20 second rules? Have you noticed all the doorknobs, surfaces you might have touched in a public place or even the ones you use to enter your house? Have you wiped down all these surfaces?
Are you wondering how to best protect yourself and others from the virus? Click the image below and follow the advice of experts in the field. Also, click the button below to check out the World Health Organization Myth-busters.
With Eyes Wide Open
The COVID- 19 virus is impacting the entire world. As you might have read/heard, it first became contagious in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and as of today, it is found in 171 countries and regions worldwide. Since there is no coronavirus vaccine yet and no agreed upon approach to reduce the spread of the virus, there are many approaches to reduce it's spread. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, coughing into the bend of your elbow and staying home when you are sick. Social Distancing is another effective approach. The following two resources will help you have a better understanding how we can track and prevent the spread, (This information represents only people who have been tested). Click the images to jump to the data-sets.
Share Your Story
How are you coping with COVID-19? Sharing your story is an important way to connect with other teens, and it can provide comfort and encouragement during these uncertain times. No matter how you’re feeling, you are not alone.
One of our resources, Teen Health & Wellness, has a Personal Story Project where teens share stories of their own experiences dealing with various issues such as: Alcoholic Parent, Bullying and Cyberbullying, Child Abuse, Dealing With Your Parents, Eating Disorder, Friendship, Dating, and Relationships, Grief and Loss, Home and Family Relationships, Living With a Single Parent, Parent Is Out of Work, Protecting Yourself Against Infection and Illness, Self-Esteem and Confidence, etc.
You may access many personal stories written by teens by clicking this link. (For Covid19 click Riley’s Story, Mary’s Story, Katie’s Story). * Username: Tri-CountyLMC Password: LMC2018
What would you like to tell other teens who are dealing with the same fears, challenges, and concerns about COVID-19?
According to Harvard Research writing may ease stress and trauma. Write from your personal experiences. Here are some ideas to get you started:
New personal stories are added to Teen Health & Wellness on an ongoing basis. You can send personal story at any time. If your essay is selected for the database, you will be notified by Rosen Publishing.
Coping with Your Feelings
There are many health resources within our school databases to aid you in better understanding the coronavirus, coronavirus infections, COVID-19, pandemic preparedness, public health and infectious disease, and more topics you may have read about. Click the database and additional article links provided below.
Gale Health and Wellness – Coronavirus
Gale Health and Wellness is a comprehensive consumer health resource that provides authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues.
Gale In Context: Science – Viruses
Gale In Context: Science provides contextual information on hundreds of todays most significant science topics. Also supports virtual science instruction.
Gale In Context: Global Issues – Pandemic Preparedness
Gale In Context: Global Issues supports global awareness and provides a global perspective empowering learners to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world.
Gale eBooks: Coronavirus & Global Pandemics Collection
The Gale eBooks: Coronavirus & Global Pandemics Collection helps learners better understand global viruses, pandemics, epidemics, outbreaks, and more.
How Corona virus Hijacks your Cells -New York Times- Lesson of the Day.
5 Ways to help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Corona Virus-New York Times
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus NPR- Audio and Comic- Morning Edition- -Goats and Soda- (Stories of life in a changing world).
6 strategies for teens facing a new normal- UNICEF
Click the button below to see how the power of community has inspired many to join in the fun (no musical talent required).
Spending Time with your Hobby
Hobbies can make a serious impact on your quality of life. When you’re engaged and fulfilled pursuing meaningful hobbies, that happiness spills over. It can make you more focused and enthusiastic. People tend to enjoy hobbies that appeal to their own unique strengths, interests, and personality characteristics. If you are unsure of what hobby to pursue, there are a number of personality assessments that can help you figure out which hobbies might be the right fit. These assessments can help you figure out which hobbies are most aligned with who you are and offer insights into what you might enjoy. You can click this link to use the assessment tools in our schools Naviance program. (If you do not recall your login credentials contact you guidance councilor on Itslearning).
It is no accident that many of you love the things you already do in your vocation and that is great! Obviously it's great if you would like to spend all the extra time you have now to become better at these shop skills. Angela Duckworth talks about 10,000 hour rule (time it takes to become really good at what you do). However, if you love what you are doing, the time you spend with your hobbies does not seem tedious.
Hobbies do not need to be what you are practicing as your vocation. You might be in culinary shop but really enjoy tinkering with cars or computers or playing a musical instrument.
Below are just some categories of hobbies you can pursue. Click the links to go to the sub categories and explore how to get started with each of these suggestions.
Arts & Crafts (animation, calligraphy, ceramics/pottery, fashion design, floristry, graffiti, knitting, origami, paper airplanes, photography, scrapbooking, sewing, tattoo, architecture, candle making, crochet, film making, gardening, jewelry making, lomography, painting and drawing, papier mache, quilting, sculpting, soap making, woodworking, balloon art, etc.)
Model & Electronic
Spiritual & Mental (astronomy, genealogy, languages, neuro linguistics programming, reading, sign language, novel writing, poetry, screen writing, play writing, song writing, meditation, etc.)
Click link to view additional 285 hobbies you might consider
Click the button bellow to watch a TEDx Youth segment where someone was facing a similar situation. By picking up a hobby, he was able to find his passion and redirect his negative emotions. It helped him rediscover himself and his happiness.
Endless Paths to Explore
In the time prior to Covid19 pandemic, most people would have to spend lots of time traveling, standing in long lines, as well as paying entrance fees to view some of the worlds greatest collections, However, now there thousands of virtual Google Arts and Culture provides us an unimaginable access to see the natural world and amazing contributions made to quality of life throughout the years. Here are just a few world renowned museums and collections you might explore:
Louvre, Paris This iconic museum houses Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa which attracts 30-50 thousand people per day just to see this painting.
British Museum, London This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and hundreds of artifacts. Make sure to check out the museums Google virtual tour.
Guggenheim Museum, New York Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Musee d'Orsay, Paris You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed with the first link or Google’s virtual tour which takes you through six floors of the museum.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Rijks Museum, Amsterdam Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt by clicking the first link or Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms you can see in Google's Art and Culture filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
Click the button below to explore so much more Art and Culture
The Pleasure of Listening
The Pleasure of Reading
Many artists have been live-streaming concerts on their Instagram and other platforms. Check out your favorite artists for date and time.
You may find one of these 17 meditation apps the right choice to bring you balance at this time.
Common Sense Media did all the legwork for you and came up with these truly diverse and thrilling 10 podcasts they believe you will enjoy.
Here are 50 great and diverse podcasts on many topics from National Public Radio.
I have no doubt that you will come up with your own list of great podcasts you will download and listen to for hours and hours.
One other option I wanted to point out that you might find pleasurable to listen to are stories. The column to your right provides links to all the available ebook platforms. Many of the platforms have audio books for your listening pleasure,
One of my favorite podcasts is How I Built This with Guy Raz.
Click below to listen the episode where Guy interviews Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.
The Pleasure of Viewing
You do not need to spend money on Netflix or Amazon Prime to access great visual media content. Below you will find a list of visual media resources and how to access them. Click the images to access these resources
To access both Infobase: Feature Film for Education as well as Classroom Video on Demand Career and Technical Education:
User name: tri-cotech password: cougars
Hoopla is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy!
To gain access you will need your library card number and password or register in seconds for a free Boston Public Library ecard.
There are thousands of TED Talks that will inspire you.
Below you will find a list of many ways you can access online books, magazines, and journals to read or listen to on any of your devices. You will be able to access both non fiction and fiction titles covering almost any topic you can imagine!
If you prefer, you may use the following apps to access these resources:
Libby app for all town Overdrive collections
Sora app only for Commonwealth Ebook Overdrive
Below you may find access to you many digital catalogs each with their own collections:
MLS Commonwealth eBook Collection provides you with ebooks and audio books on Overdrive. You will need to use your school Google credentials to log in.
Epoint Plus will provide you with access to many non fiction titles for : CIS, Legal & Protective. Science and Health Careers
User name and password: tcrvhs
Additional 2,000 titles can be accessed using these credentials: Username: keeplearning_9-12 Password: read
Audible platform lets you listen only to the titles you select.
The Boston Public Library ecard provide you instant access to great material and thousand of titles to meet your interest. However, first you would need to click and take these simple steps to get an ecard to access the ecatalog (items to listen, read, and watch).
Each town library belongs to a consortium/network of libraries that develop their own collection. Since our school community is made up of students from several towns, I am providing you access to each towns OVERDRIVE account so you can search magazines, ebooks, audiobooks and films and more! ( you will need to login using either your town library card number or your ecard you can get immediate access from the the Boston Public Library.
Franklin, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Sherborn-Minuteman
Wrentahm, Seekonk, Plainville, North Attleboro, Norfolk- Sails
Walpole- Old Colony
The Pleasure of Viewing Continued
Academic School Resources
There are a few different resources I would like to bring to your attention.
Gale Cengage Databases- Many of you have already experienced using many of these databases and know that you can find items to read, listen, and watch that cover all subject matter. Click the image below to jump to the school Gale page with links to all these resources.
Your access to the database will require you to input our school password: patriot
The Reference Shelf by Salem Press is another resource many have used. You used the Careers In series: Building Construction, Communications & Media, Education and Training, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Criminal Justice & Emergency Services, Manufacturing & Production, Science & Engineering, Technical Services & Equipment Repair
Please consider checking out
Your access to these resource will require you to input our school remote password: LMC2017
Teen Health and Wellness by Rosen provides a simple user experience to getting information . Search the following results for simple clear articles about many topics that may impact teens.
Click the image below to jump to Teen Health &Wellness. Your access to this resource will require you need to input these credentials: Username: Tri-CountyLMC Password: LMC2018
The resource below gives you access to Today's Science, Science Online, Biographies Online, Bloom's Literature and eBook Collection. Access these resources by clicking the image below and enter user name: tri-cotech password: cougars
In an effort to organize and provide each academic subject with many more resources, the school gale pages (on top banner) now has a section that currently only includes Social Studies department. When you click the link you will be able to access many more Social Studies resource broken down by the following sub menus:
Newsela has many articles from various news sources. Read the article that interests you at a level that is right for you.
Click on the image below to access the resource and use your school Google credentials to login.
Vocational School Resources
Many students have already experienced accessing the collection pages created for you within Follett Destiny.
Grit Study, Independent Reading Health Careers, Podcasts, Philanthropy, Prenatal Care, and resource for each shop with regards to Senior Project.
Click the image below to access these resources.
In an effort to organize and provide each shop with many more resources, the Library Media Canter portal now has a menu titled resource by shop where all 16 programs have so many more resource broken down by the following sub menus:
Please also keep in mind that you have additional resources and tutorials available for your on the ITSLEARNING Resources at the Library Media Center course page. See the menu on the right side for:
Procedures ( How to guides)
and please send me an its learning message any time you would like help finding something or need a recommendation for something to read, listen to, watch etc.
If you have accessed this page not through the main page of our Healthy You site please click on the links below to check out the other section.
Direct to Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian’s Learning Lab brings you all of riches of the Smithsonian Institute. With more than a million images, recordings, and texts, it encourages discovery and creativity. Click the button bellow to access one of Washington D.C.'s amazing treasures.
As Seen on TV
This interactive channel by the Public Broadcasting Service and WGBH Boston will engage you and cause you to come back for more.