Recent Changes

Tuesday, August 9

  1. page page A edited THE HANDY-DANDY GUIDE TO LIFE {images.jpg} Leo Moley Period A Living Skills Navarro UNI…

    THE HANDY-DANDY GUIDE TO LIFE {images.jpg}
    Leo Moley
    Period A Living Skills
    Navarro
    UNIT 2- Influences
    Inside the Teenage Brain: It may come as a wonderful surprise to some in knowing that we teenagers are not the same as the parents that we so often complain about. The fact is that teenagers don’t even have the capacity to be the same as parents/adults because our brains simply don’t function in the same way. In a teenage brain, the neocortex (the part of the brain that is essentially responsible for planning and making choices) hasn’t fully developed yet, leaving us dependent on the immediate-response part of the brain known as the amygdala (which is responsible for the rebellious and defiant actions so often associated with teenagers). This risk-taking behavior can, of course, re sult in some unpleasant ramifications, but it also helps many teenagers discover their limits and form their own identities. For many, one’s teenage years can be the most fun as well as the most stressful parts of one’s life. Teenagers today have to think about issues like school, drugs, stress, sex, peer pressure, parents, weight, appearance, relationships, friends, as well as many other things. The simplest approach to getting through this part of life with all this baggage is to assess what values you want make your priorities and, with them, become comfortable with who you are as a person.
    {teenage.jpg} Values: One of the most important characteristics of someone is how they express their values. A person’s values really do say a lot about a person because they essentially reflect how that person interprets the world as a whole and also how they want to be interpreted by others. The main values that can be expressed with the most ease include; friendship, peace, family, long life, wisdom, riches, beauty, and popularity. Though it may seem a little extreme, the order in which one ranks these ideals will inevitably affect not your physical appearance among others but rather your personal appearance. And, although there will always be others with the same values as you, it is imperative that you make sure that that is who you really want to be as your values are what affect the choices you make and life you will lead.
    {mba0631l.jpg}
    UNIT 3- Individuality
    Gender Issues: In this day and age, the media has started to become the voice telling us what we are and who we can be. Girls are portrayed either as skinny, submissive, unintelligent, sensitive little things or, if they ever try to prove that they have power, they are shown as the classic, overachieving, ruthless, coldhearted workaholic. These stereotypes that are pushed on girls are extremely destructive and contribute heavily to the eating disorders that affect 5-10% of girls and women. The ever-growing emphasis of girls being skinny has been so effective that even in children aging 8-10 years, approximately 50% of girls said they were unhappy with their size and in a study of girls aged 9-15, more than 50% claimed they exercised to lose weight, nearly 50% claimed they reduced food intake in order to lose weight, and approximately 5% claimed to use their parents' diet pills or laxatives in order to lose weight.
    The emphasis of perfection is also thrust upon men, who are expected to be tough, athletic, non-emotional, and independent. Unfortunately, all of these “standard” traits have led to 85% of murders being committed by men and 99.8% of rape cases being committed by men as well. Although the idea of being tough and independent itself isn't a bad thing, the way these traits are portrayed in today's media make many think that being mean or overly aggressive is the only way to become a man and get people to respect you.
    {anorexie1.jpg}
    Disabilities: Across the country, lives a population that, for the most part, remains hidden from the general public because of an enduring shame that accompanies them wherever they go. This population is one of disabilities and the shame that they carry is not at all rightly deserved but they are made to feel ashamed because of the constant stares and whispers behind backs of those more privileged than they. In a study conducted in 1990, it was found that 32.5 million, or 12% of the total population, had a severe disability. Though, in many circumstances, the disabled have not been accepted in mainstream society, there have been many efforts in creating equal opportunities for the handicapped such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. In addition to this, improvements have been made in education opportunities as well as in making buildings handicap accessible. But, as these improvements have only recently been in effect, there is still a lot of work to be done in equal opportunities as well as social acceptance.
    {04_Anyone_got_a_rough_terrain_wheelchair_.jpg}
    UNIT 4- Health
    Depression- Depression has become one of the greatest problems of our time, mainly for the reason that anyone can get depressed at virtually any point in time. Depression is also extremely serious because it can be caused by a number of things including genetics, a decrease in seretonin, psychological influences, environmental influence and childhood development and can lead to feelings of hopelessness, difficulty in making decisions, and even suicide. In America alone, it has been found that depression affects 9.5% of the U.S. population aging 18 and older every year and of these depressed citizens, 15% will commit suicide. This obviously presents very serious issue, one that many have chosen to use anti-depressants to solve. The fact is, however, that recent figures show that antidepressants work for only 30% of the depressed population and that people who take part in Cognitive behavioral therapy have an 80% relapse rate in the long term. Although it is apparent that antidepressants do not work most of the time, pre-schoolers (with a 4% depression rate) have become the fastest-growing market for antidepressants.
    {DepressionWebsiteCartoon_small.jpg}
    Sleep- Although it may not be a serious issue to many people, sleep is a vital part of people’s lives as it is really what keeps us going. There is no definitive answer to how many hours of sleep a night that people should get but 7-8 is the average amount. What is known as a fact, however, is that every person needs some amount of sleep every day. Without the right amount of sleep, people can start to experience numerous side-effects, none of which are even remotely helpful. They can include, lack of attentiveness, lack of growth, grumpiness, headaches, decreased hormone production, shortened memory, a decrease in logical thinking, mood-swings, heart disease, high blood pressure, a decrease in sexual activity, stroke, and even death in extreme circumstances. Unfortunately, almost 74% of all Americans do not get enough sleep each night at an average of 6.9 hours a night. And because of the mass sleep deficiency across the country, sleep problems are reaching epidemic proportions, estimated to be the number one health related problem in America.
    {sleep_leo.jpg}
    UNIT 5- Substance Abuse
    Addiction- When science began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Now that it is actually known what happens when someone is addicted to something, it is clear that addiction can take a hold on anyone, regardless of his or her moral stature. This makes the disease of addiction all the more dangerous as addiction to substances like heroin or alcohol have ruined the lives of people all over the world. The way that drugs work is that, as they reach the brain, they cause it to release high levels of dopamine in the form of a pleasurable rush or high. The way we learn to survive is based on a reward system. When we do something that aids in our survival, like eating or exercising, our brain's limbic system rewards us for this behavior by releasing dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel good. Over time, prolonged use of a substance can lead the brain to stop producing as much dopamine as it naturally does. This creates withdrawal, leading to a physical dependency (an addiction). This means that the addict needs to use more of the substance just to feel normal, creating a cycle that can be difficult to break. Because of the addictive nature of many drugs, one of every eight Americans has a significant problem with alcohol or drugs. This large figure illustrates how serious addiction really is, and with each addict, comes another potentially destroyed life.
    {nbe0358l.jpg}
    Short and Long Term Effects- As all drugs (legal and illegal) essentially alter one’s brain chemistry, there can always be undesirable effects, both short term and long term. The overall effects of drugs always depend on the person using them however, but short-term side effects encompassing all kinds of drugs can include; slurred speech, nausea, muscle tension, dulled senses, blurred vision, sweating/chills, sore throat, increased heart rate, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, and reduced motivation. The long term effects, however, are much more serious and can include; comatose, burst blood vessels in the brain, stunted growth, brain cancer, lung damage, heart-attack, liver damage, brain damage, kidney damage, osteoporosis, intestinal cancer, stomach ulcers, and death.
    {mban1525l.jpg}
    Unit 6-Sexuality
    HIV/AIDS and other STDs- STDs as whole can be separated into three different categories, Bacterial infections, viral infections, and parasitic infections and these three different types encompass an estimated 25 specific kinds of STDs, all of which can be spread through either anal, oral, or vaginal sex. It is not, however, as if it is only adults who have been sexually active for a long period of time that can contract STDs, as over 3,750,000(1 in 4) teens get STDs each year, the most common of which is Chlamydia, which presents itself in either very unpleasant symptoms, or none at all. The lack of symptoms can actually sometimes be more destructive because then the hidden STDs can be spread to even more people. The only way to be sure that you don’t have an STD and thus spread, however, is by being tested, but unfortunately less than half of adults ages 18 to 44 have ever been tested for an STDs and because of this, they have become more abundant.
    {rman5343l.jpg}
    The most dangerous STD by far is the immune-system attacking virus known as HIV/AIDs. At this time, 17,000 people contract AIDs each day in the world either through blood transfusions, unprotected sex, dirty hypodermic needles, or mother to child contamination in the womb and can be spread through four different body fluids, blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluid. Sadly once one might suspect that one has HIV/AIDS, that person must wait 0-6 months for accurate test results. If someone is found positive, then it can take from 10-12 years until the symptoms of AIDS appear. Another sad fact is that there has not yet been a cure found which means that the only sure way of not contracting HIV/AIDS is by not taking part in high-risk behavior.
    Teenage Pregnancies- There is a serious problem presenting itself in this country and that problem is teenage pregnancies. The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births, with 34% of women becoming pregnant before they reach the age of 20. Fortunately, the rate of teenage births has slowly declined from 1991, after a huge increase from 1986 to 1991. The consequences of teen pregnancy are not terrible, but do severely change one’s life forever. It was found that teen mothers are less likely to complete high school and only 1.5% have a college degree by age 30. Also, 80% of teen mothers are more likely to end up on welfare. And finally, the sons of teen mothers are 13% more likely to end up in prison while teen daughters are 22% more likely to become teen mothers themselves. This just continues the cycle and leaves more and more teenagers with much tougher lives. The only way for teens to stop this cycle is to either chose to be abstinent, and if not, to always use some kind of protection during sex.
    {Juno_leo.jpg}
    EXTRAS:
    Camp Everytown- Every year, about 70 Gunn students are nominated by their teachers to go to a camp where issues like race, gender, and identity are addressed. This camp is Camp Everytown, and, as a student who has gone, I cannot stress enough how imperative it is that at some point in your four years at Gunn you go to such a wonderful place. There, students and teachers alike really get to see how racism and sexism can affect people deeply and what you can do to prevent hate. It is truly a life-changing experience and a great place to meet new people and make life-long friends.
    {n51754448696_1881.jpg}
    Homecoming- Homecoming is a week at the beginning of the school year, in which everyone basically gets to have a lot of fun at school. Before the week actually starts, it is announced what the themes for the week are going to be, which gives everybody enough time to prepare costumes. Then, when the week begins, students of each grade dress up to match their specific themes and at every brunch and lunch there are games where grades play against other grades. This continues throughout the week until the Homecoming football game on Friday. There, it is announced which grades got the most points and the names of the Homecoming King and Queen are announced. Finally, on Saturday, there is the Homecoming dance, which takes place in the gym and I a whole lot of fun. Overall, Homecoming is something everyone should participate in fully.
    {s526486492_1315073_464.jpg}
    BIBLIOGRAPHY of Pictures
    1. Holy Web! http://holy-web.blogspot.com/2008/07/are-teenage-brains-really-different.html
    2. Cartoon Stock http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/v/values.asp
    3. Svijet mirisa http://www.svijetmirisa.com.hr/?page_id=35
    4. . Archived News-2004 http://www.helpim.com/archive2004.html
    5. Humanity Quest http://www.humanityquest.com/themes/inspiration/Paintings/Despair/index.asp
    6. American Copywriter http://americancopywriter.typepad.com/blog/2008/03/coffee-morning.html
    7. Cartoon Stock http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/d/drug_habit.asp
    8. Cartoon Stock http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/mba/lowres/mban1525l.jpg
    9. Cartoon Stock http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/rma/lowres/rman5343l.jpg
    10. Juno http://creative.myspace.com/Client/FoxSearchlight/Juno/Images/JUNO_800X600_WP03.jpg
    Bibliography
    1. Standen, Amy. "Inside the Teenage Brain: Understanding How Adolescents Think." edutopia. 2/1/2007. 5 Jan 2009 <http://www.edutopia.org/inside-teenage-brain>.
    2. Anonymous , "Values, morals and ethics." Changing Minds.org. 5 Jan 2009 <http://changingminds.org/explanations/values/values_morals_ethics.htm>.
    3. Anonymous , "Statistics on Eating Disorders." Eating Disorders Statistics on Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. 2007. 6 Jan 2009 <http://www.annecollins.com/eating-disorders/statistics.htm>.
    4. Census Bureau’s Public Information Office, "Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26." Facts for Features. May 29, 2007. 6 Jan 2009 <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010102.html>.
    5. Murray, Bob. "Depression Facts and Stats." Uplift Program. January 15, 2005. 7 Jan 2009 <http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html>.
    6. Anonymous , "Sleep Deprivation Statistics." Insomnia Treatment . July 22, 2008. 7 Jan 2009 <http://treat-insomnia.com/sleep-deprivation/sleep-deprivation-statistics/>.
    7. ASHA Correspondents , "STD/STI STATISTICS." American Social Health Association . October 9, 2006. 7 Jan 2009 <http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_statistics.cfm>.
    8. UCS counsellors, "Street Drugs." University of Cambridge. 2008 . 7 Jan 2009 <http://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/drugs.html>.
    9. The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, "Statistics and Teen Pregnancy Facts." Family First Aid. 8 Jan 2009 <http://www.familyfirstaid.org/teen-pregnancy.html>.
    10. Clark , Josh. "How Addiction Works ." How Stuff Works. 8 Jan 2009 <http://health.howstuffworks.com/addiction1.htm>.

    (view changes)

Wednesday, March 28

  1. page A Waschura, Audrey edited Living Skills Final Project: Semester One Audrey Waschura, A Period Unit 2 – Influences The Tee…
    Living Skills Final Project: Semester One
    Audrey Waschura, A Period
    Unit 2 – Influences
    The Teenage Brain:
    The teenage years are volatile for every person’s brain. During this time, the brain is undergoing a massive shift in structure and there is a physical thickening of gray matter and cells are blooming quickly. This causes teenagers to be quick to overreact, rebel, defy, lie, have bursts of intelligence, have passions, and massive amounts of fluctuations. At the growth peak years of twelve for guys and eleven for girls, the brain is plastic and active synapses will take advantage of good as well as toxic experiences. This causes risky behavior because one’s risk taking is out of sink with one’s judgment and impulses. The brain is filled with hormones and the receptors for those hormones are all over and may change the function of neurons or receptors. In guys, testosterone levels can fluctuate one hundred and fifty percent per day while in girls, estrogen levels can increase six hundred to forty nine hundred percent per month. Because of this, many teenagers who have fallen in love are just experiencing hormones, neurotransmitters, and biology interact.
    {frontline_teenage_brain.jpg}
    Learning Styles:
    There are many different ways to classify one’s way of learning. Everyone is different and therefore, people have different learning styles. First, there is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Visual is learning through seeing. Someone who is a visual learner might learn best from visuals, graphs, pictures, drawings, etc. Auditory is learning through listening. Someone who is an auditory learner might learn best from songs, jingles, lectures, verbal discussion, etc. Kinesthetic learning is learning through touching or feeling. Someone who is a kinesthetic learner might learn best from models, field trips, labs, presentations, etc. Most teachers teach mainly to auditory learners by lecturing and speaking when in reality, not everybody in the classroom is an auditory learner. Experts say that children going into Kindergarten are kinesthetic learners, then in second or third grade, some students have become visual learners, and during the late elementary years, some students become auditory learners. The next style is global versus analytic. Global people tend to see the “big picture” while analytic people tend to see the little details. Based on whether one is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic and global or analytic, one may find ways to learn and understand better.
    {27506~Learning-Styles-Posters.jpg}
    Unit 3 – Individuality
    Gender Issues:
    Females and males experience different pressures and have different reactions to different things in life. Males have longer generation or emotions and the ability to control them while females use more words per day than mean and get pleasure from talking and communicating. The female brain releases oxytocin after a twenty second hug. The media is pressuring females to focus on beauty and turning women into objects and less than human. This is causing more abuse and violence because women are not seen as people. Males are being pressured to become the masculine, though, mean guy and as a result, most murders, assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, rape, and child abuse is preformed by men. Because of the media’s influence, one in eight college women will be the victim of rape, one in five women in the United States of America have an eating disorder, and one in four men will use violence against a partner. The media is causing gender issues and it must be stopped if we want these problems to end.
    {genderstereotypes.jpg}
    Sexual Orientation:
    Hate crimes affect many people and are done for various reasons. Gender, race, disability, and even sexual orientation can be reasons for hate crimes and violence. Sexual orientation is an issue that should not be an issue, yet somehow it still is. No matter whom someone is in love or attracted to, violence is not acceptable and never will be. Already, LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning) people must live in a world that is mostly not accepting of them and very heterosexual oriented. For example, most media portrayals of couples are straight, most legislatures are only for straight couples, and most people use the word “gay” with a negative connotation. It is important to remember that a person who is LGBTQQ is a human being with feelings, thoughts, and opinions. One should throw away all stereotypes and assumptions about folks who are LGBTQQ and examine one’s attitudes and work on one’s fears instead. Realize just how harmful stereotypes and assumptions are and how they are used to oppress LGBTQQ people. It is important that one interrupts offensive language, mimicking behavior, and insensitive jokes upon hearing them. They are not okay or acceptable and need to be stopped.
    {sexualorientation.jpg}
    Unit 4 – Health
    Stress:
    Stress is something that everyone deals with, most of the time. As a student, one feels even more stress than usual. When someone is stressed, it is harder for them to sleep, concentrate, keep relationships, stay calm, and not be irritable. In addition, they tend to be breathing irregularly, sweaty, tired, can break-out, and his or her immune system can become dysfunctional, leading to sickness, tenseness, headaches, and anxiety. In the body, stress can cause: suppression of digestion, suppression of growth and repair, suppression of reproduction, increased cardiovascular load, temporary jumpstart of immune system, and a sharpening of senses or thinking. However, over a longer period of time, these bodily responses to stress may develop into more serious problems. These include: digestive disorders, prolonged injuries and dwarfism in children, infertility, impotency, and loss of libido, hypertension and chronic inflammation of the cardiovascular system, immune suppression and increased disease risk, and neuron death and depression. Because of this, it is important de-stress one’s life every so often so as to not have excessive amounts of stress, leading to these problems.
    {stress_woman.jpg}
    Sleep:
    Sleep is arguably the most important thing for a teenager. It is recommended that one teen sleep for ten hours per night in order to get the sleep needed. Not enough sleep can result in falling asleep, being unfocused, lethargic, forgetful, stunted growth, longer recovery, brain damage, mood swings, headaches, grumpiness, irritability, stress, anxiety, bags under one’s eyes, suppressed immune system, slowness, poor judgment, weight gain, pre-diabetic symptoms, hunger, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and uncontrollable emotions. Because of these issues, a teen needs to get ten hours of sleep per night in order to prevent these issues. In order to get enough sleep, it is important to establish a responsible bedtime and wake time and keep them constant throughout the week. Also, a bedtime routine such as taking a hot bath or doing some quiet activity will aid in the sleep process. It is also important to cut down of caffeine because this keeps one awake throughout the night. Lastly, one should get daily exercise at least two hours before bed time to keep the natural sleep habits in line.
    {Sleep_Lady.jpg}
    Unit 5 – Substance Abuse
    Tobacco:
    Tobacco is a major problem that leads to major long-term effects. Twenty percent of all deaths are smoking related. Chronic lung disease is ten times more likely in someone who smokes. When someone smokes, the carbon monoxide mixes with the blood and impairs one’s ability to get oxygen. Tobacco contains nicotine, which makes tobacco addictive. Smoking can cause lung cancer and disease. Also, this may cause liver, kidney, uterine, and bladder damage. Tobacco may result in heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Each day tobacco companies loose approximately five thousand smokers, four thousand choose to quit while eleven hundred die from smoking-related issues. If that is not enough to scare one away from tobacco, then the Viet Cong took eight years to kill fifty eight thousand Americans during the Vietnam War. The tobacco industry kills that many Americans in forty four days. Some see smoking as “cool” or “popular” but in fact, all of the people that are smoking now will most likely be dead years earlier than one who does not smoke. The truth is, every cigarette one smokes, reduces one’s life by eleven minutes.
    {funny-no-smoking-sign.jpg}
    Alcohol:
    Alcohol is another pressing issue, especially for teens. Alcohol is a depressant, and therefore slows down one’s central nervous system and can alter one’s emotions, hearing, perceptions, vision, and movement. It also results in decreased brain activity. Not only is alcohol illegal to those under twenty one and can cause legal problems, it causes other problems as well. One half of all teen male drowning deaths are attributed to alcohol. In addition, alcohol can cause obesity and high blood pressure. Long term drinking affects the liver, heart, and brain. Alcohol can also make one look quite stupid as it results in slurred speech, loss of coordination, confusion, and disorientation. In addition, alcohol is a gateway drug. This means that someone who used alcohol is more inclined to try or use other drugs. Youth who drink alcohol are fifty times more likely to use cocaine than those who do not drink. Underage drinking costs the United States more than fifty eight billion dollars each year. That is enough money to buy each public school student a state-of-the-art computer. Alcohol kills six and one half times more youth than all other illegal drugs combined.
    {Don_t_Drink.jpg}
    Unit 6 – Sexuality
    HIV/AIDS:
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an epidemic that is infecting the world. It affects the immune system in that it attacks the t-cells. These are the cells that tell the other cells what to go looking for and fight off. Because of this, it may take a while for someone to realize that he or she is HIV positive because the test looks for HIV antibodies. It is a virus that can be transmitted through blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids. Because of this, one might contract HIV through unprotected sex, dirty needles, or mother to child. Once someone is infected, it takes zero to six months to get clear test results. This time period is called the window period. Once someone has HIV, it can take approximately ten to twelve years for them to have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Most people die of other viruses instead of AIDS itself because his or her immune system is compromised and cannot defend itself against viruses that a person with a normal immune system can, such as the common cold. One may get tested for HIV in one of three places. The first is a doctor. This is confidential which means one’s name is attached to one’s results. The second is a clinic. This is anonymous which means that one’s name is not attached to one’s results and usually clinics cost up to twenty dollars if they are not free. The third is a home test which is also anonymous; however this is forty to sixty dollars.
    {aids-ribbon.gif}
    Teen Pregnancy:
    Teen pregnancy is a problem that needs to be dealt with. Six in ten teen pregnancies result in live births, three in ten are terminated by an abortion, and in ten ends in a miscarriage, and one in six of the live births is given up for adoption. These facts are hard to dismiss. One in three girls in the United States will be pregnant before the age of twenty. Abortion for adolescents at any stage of pregnancy is safer than childbirth. Early, legal abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, safer than a penicillin injection. One very scary fact is that forty six percent of teenage mothers do not get prenatal care during the first trimester, nine percent do not until the third trimester, and four percent do not get prenatal care at all. This is because many teen mothers are in denial. This is a bad place to be because one has no options at all if one is in denial. Once one comes to terms with the fact that she is pregnant she may think about all of her options. To stop this from happening, society needs sex education, lower rates of teen sexual activity, and more contraceptive use.
    {juno1-thumb.jpg}
    Unit 7 – Extra
    Sports:
    When coming to Gunn, the best advice one might be given is to get involved in something extra. Whether this is clubs, volunteering or sports, it is one of the best things to do. The best extracurricular activity to get involved with is sports. Even if one thinks he might not make a team, it is still important to try out for sports. This is a fun and easy way to make new friends before school even starts. Plus, one might even make the team. This is a great thing because then one is part of a team. There are few greater experiences than being part of a team to get something done, such as win a rally, swim a lap, or shoot a ball. Being on a sports team not only teaches about being on a team, but it also teaches fitness and how to manage one’s time. When one is on a sports team, there is never a need to worry about not being active or getting enough physical activity. Also, when someone is on a Gunn sports team, they learn to manage his or her time well so that they can perform both on the court and in the classroom. Joining a sports team is one of the best things a new Gunn student may do, and it is thoroughly recommended.
    {volleyballteam.jpg}
    Friends:
    To get though school, a good group of friends is recommended. These friends should be able to stick with someone through the thick and the thin, the fun times and the hard times, and tell a lot about a person. Friends should like someone for who they are, and not anything else. If someone has bad friends, they should look for new ones because a lot can be said of a person by his or her friends. It is recommendable to have a variety of friends who do many different things than just friends who do one thing. Also, it is a good idea to have at least one friend in each class someone is taking. This way, if someone were to get sick, his or her friend can copy the notes for them and tell them what the homework is. Good friends are key to a good high school experience.
    {100_1849.JPG}
    Works Cited
    Dowshen, Steven, and Eugene Shatz. “Alcohol.” Teens Health. Nov. 2006. The Nemours Foundation. 11 Jan. 2009 <[[http://kidshealth.org/‌teen/‌drug_alcohol/‌alcohol/‌alcohol.html|http://kidshealth.org/]]‌teen/‌drug_alcohol/‌alcohol/‌alcohol.html>.
    Farwell, Terry. “Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Learners.” Family Education. Family Education. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://school.familyeducation.com/‌intelligence/‌teaching-methods/‌38519.html>.
    Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. “Alcohol.” Greater Dallas Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 6 Mar. 2006. Greater Dallas Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://www.gdcada.org/‌statistics/‌alcohol.htm>.
    The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “Fact Sheets.” The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 2009. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/‌resources/‌fact-sheets.aspx#tpr>.
    Romito, Kathleen, and John Hughes. “Smoker’s Life Span.” WebMD. 11 Oct. 2007. WebMD. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://www.webmd.com/‌hw-popup/‌smokings-impact-on-life-span>.
    Rubin, Nancy J. Ask Me If I Care. N.p.: Ten Speed Press, 1994.
    UNAIDS. “Fast Facts About HIV.” UNAIDS. UNAIDS. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://www.unaids.org/‌en/‌KnowledgeCentre/‌Resources/‌FastFacts/>.
    Witmer, Denise. “Teenagers and Sleep.” About.com. The New York Times Company. 11 Jan. 2009 <http://parentingteens.about.com/‌cs/‌teensandsleep/‌a/‌teenssleepwell.htm>.
    Pictures:
    http://gameapparent.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/frontline_teenage_brain.jpg
    http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/CAMB/27506~Learning-Styles-Posters.jpg
    http://www.wandco.com/projects/CMD2-500.jpg
    http://www.equalityni.org/archive/campaign_images/A3FEMPSTR400.jpg
    http://www.choosehypnosis.com/stress_woman.jpghttp://www.heartofhealing.net/images/Sleep_Lady.jpg
    http://www.sonofthesouth.net/uncle-sam/images/funny-no-smoking-sign.jpg
    http://www.heartgauctionandrealty.com/images/Don_t_Drink.jpg
    http://blog.ecr.co.za/newswatch/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/aids-ribbon.gif
    http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/juno1-thumb.jpg

    (view changes)

Friday, March 16

  1. page F Baldain, Paris edited ©BY:PARIS BALDAIN F' PERIOD ... {http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/headers_6034…

    ©BY:PARIS BALDAIN
    F' PERIOD
    ...
    {http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/headers_60341/T_addiction1.jpg}
    Marijuana:
    ...
    lung cancer. Marijuana
    {http://cornerstork.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/marijuana-leaf.jpg}
    HIV/AIDS/STD's:
    ...
    CAN LATER EFFECT YOU CAND HARM YOUR CHILD IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING ONE.
    HIV=17,000 day/world--->2 teens every hourit takes about three months for you to find ouT 90% OF BING DIONOSED of AIDS and six months to be 99% accurate that you do.
    ...
    HIV TRANSMITTED 44 BODY FLUIDS*SHARING
    (view changes)

Friday, January 6

  1. page F Eliav, Amber edited The high school guide for Freshmen: ... 2- influences: {brain.jpg} {brain.jpg} Inside …

    The high school guide for Freshmen:
    ...
    2- influences: {brain.jpg}{brain.jpg}
    Inside the teenage brain-
    Out

    Out
    of all
    ...
    to “frontline”) 9595 percent of
    ...
    in adolescence. scientistsscientists believe that
    ...
    usually use. TwoTwo more parts
    Learning styles:
    Different people have different abilities and different learning styles. Anyone can be a good student and learn new things in a way that would be easier for him and match his learning abilities with different approaches of learning. There are 3 types of learning styles:
    visual learners: learnlearn best through seeing. Theyseeing.They think in
    ...
    videos and hand-outs. Duringhand-outs.During a classroom
    ...
    the information better. Itbetter.It would also
    ...
    visual obstructions.
    auditory

    auditory
    learners: learn
    ...
    helps them.
    kinesthetic

    kinesthetic
    learners: learn
    ...
    doing and touching. Learntouching.Learn best when
    ...
    and exploration.
    {books.jpg}
    Unit 3- individuality
    Race issues:
    ...
    my racism project). Individualproject).Individual discrimination is
    {images.jpg}
    Media influences:
    Media has a lot of impact on the young generation of toady especially because media has access to our everyday life anywhere we go. Ads are everywhere, on TV, computer and in the street. Media has a lot of impact on both boys and girls and it shows with the extreme reactions of teenagers. The ads has a repeating massage, for girls, ads create the image of the ideal women as a very skinny and a very unrealistic women. The affect on girls is anorexia and eating disorders which are a cause of the pressure to be very skinny (sometimes too skinny) many times the end result can be death. Another affect is many plastic surgeries to look “perfect” like girls in magazines. Plastic surgeries make the women themselves to look unreal and against their nature, making the women an object and not a subject. The massage for boys is to look like the ideal guy who is big, too muscular and tough. In movies the guy would sometimes carry a weapon. The massage for boys is to be violent. Many times the media affects guys to be violent towards other guys and sometimes women. The media has a lot of bad affects on people today and people just have to learn to be smart enough and not take the bad massages seriously. In the future I hope that the media will change to be more realistic and have more positive massages for the audience.
    {people-magazine.jpg} {scary.jpg} {scary2.jpg}
    Unit 4- Health
    Depression/anxiety:
    ...
    saw in class). “Depressionclass).“Depression can also
    ...
    to suicide.
    Stress:
    ...
    occur frequently. StressStress can lead
    ...
    attacks and anger. Inanger.In severe cases
    ...
    their lives.
    {cocaine-addiction.gif}
    Unit 5- substance abuse:
    Tobacco, alcohol and marijuana:
    ...
    5 deaths related. Tobaccorelated.Tobacco contains over
    ...
    illegal drug. MarijuanaMarijuana can be
    ...
    terms effects:
    Alcohol Long term effects: Muscle weakness, brain damage, heart disease, bleeding throat, Alcoholism, alcoholic liver disease, cancer, Damage to the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Extreme overdoses can lead to alcohol poisoning and death due to respiratory depression. Tobacco effects: wrinkles, cancer-especially lung and mouth (increase chance for cancer in 75%), heart attack and a significant factor in spontaneous abortions among pregnant smokers, and that it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the fetus. Marijuana effects: high blood pressure, paranoia, damages immune system and lung cancer. ( according to the notes we took in class-the chart)
    {absolut_vodka_family_.jpg} {2utm3hi.jpg.png}
    ...
    There are 1 million teen pregnancies in the U.S each year. 6 In 10 pregnancies result in live births, 3 in 10 are terminated by abortion, and 1 in 10 ends in miscarriage,1 in 6 of the live birth is given up for adoption. Many times the teenage girl chooses not to tell the father of the baby mostly because of denial. Early legal abortion is the safest way for adolescents more than childbirth. 46% of teenage mothers do not receive parental care until their first trimester, 9% do not receive care until their third semester and 4% do not receive parental care at all. 5 in 10 women having abortions were using a contractive method in the month during which they conceived. Even though many times the teenage fathers are not a part of the pregnancy it is still important for a lot of them to be a part of the pregnancy or at least take a part in the child’s life. It is never an easy decision if to have an abortion or not but most teenage mothers considers all options before having an abortion.Many teens are having unprotected sex because they think that if they will get pregnant they will have an abortion. They don’t understand that having an abortion is a very big and difficult decision. (“According to ask me if I care” By Nancy Rubin)
    {juno1-thumb.jpg}
    STD’S:STD’S (Confidential STD testing):
    You can
    ...
    an HIV testHome Test to be
    ...
    to get tesstedtested by a
    ...
    you are sexualysexually active use
    ...
    control and protetion. (acordingprotection. (according to the
    Unit 7- extra section:
    Time managing:
    (view changes)

Monday, March 9

  1. page F Perlmutter, Jack edited ... Teen Pregnancy Each year 750,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant. Thanks to …
    ...
    Teen Pregnancy
    Each year 750,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant. Thanks to sex education and increased availability of contraceptives. There has been a 36% decline in the rate of teen abstinence since 1990, which shows that sex education has been more effective in the prevention of teen pregnancy than teaching abstinence. Seeing as that 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned, educating teens can help prevent some of these pregnancies.
    Final Section
    The most important thing that incoming freshman at Gunn need to know is to stay organized. If you stay organized and keep your binders and backpack clean, life at Gunn will be much easier. A binder reminder is a great tool. Simply writing down any homework will keep you from forgetting your homework, and it takes nearly no effort to keep it up to date.
    Bibliography

    Bibliography
    1. "Chlamydia Facts Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 20 Dec 2007. Department of Health and Human Services. 15 Jan 2009 <http://www.cdc.gov/std/Chlamydia/STDFact-Chlamydia.htm>.
    2. "NIDA InfoFacts:Info Facts: High School
    ...
    Jan 2009 <http://websciences.org/cftemplate/NAPS/archives/indiv.cfm?ID=20044648 >.<http://websciences.org/cftemplate/NAPS/archives/indiv.cfm?ID=20044648>.
    4. Swidey, Neil. "What Makes People Gay?." boston.com. 14 Aug 2005. The Boston Globe. 15 Jan 2009 <http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2005/08/14/what_makes_people_gay/>.
    5. B.A., Robinson. "Suicides among gay and lesbian youth." ReligiousTolerance.org. 10 Aug 2008. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. 15 Jan 2009 <http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_suic.htm>.
    6. Farris, Anne. "Helping Children of Prisoners: Faith-Based Amachi Program Goes National." The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy . 08 Dec 2003. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York. 15 Jan 2009 <http://www.religionandsocialpolicy.org/news/article.cfm?id=1112>.
    7. Scott, Jonathon. "Effects of sleep deprivation and exercise on cognitive, motor performance and mood." Science Direct. 28 Feb 2006. Elsevier Inc. 8 Mar 2009 <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0P-4HYD9N0-3&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=fc98b05fecb9e027daca928a3cb4280c>.
    8. "The American Community Survery-2004." Gay Demographics. 2004. 8 Mar 2009 <http://www.gaydemographics.org/USA/ACS/2004/ACS2004statelist.htm>.
    9. Simmons, Charlene. "Page 2 Children of Incarcerated Parents." Mar 2000. California Research Bureau, California State Library. 8 Mar 2009 <http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:yVnsQHcspUwJ:www.library.ca.gov/crb/00/notes/V7N2.pdf+kids+whose+parents+are+in+jail&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us>.
    10. "Facts on American Teens' Sexual and Reproductive Health." Guttmacher Institute. Sep 2006. Guttmacher Institute. 8 Mar 2009 <http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_ATSRH.html>.

    Video 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFAN3wdlrJg&feature=PlayList&p=32EB5A594E33629F&playnext=1&index=1
    (view changes)
    7:22 am
  2. page F Perlmutter, Jack edited Unit 2: Influences {http://steelturman.typepad.com/thesteeldeal/images/kid_in_jail.jpg} http://ste…
    Unit 2: Influences
    {http://steelturman.typepad.com/thesteeldeal/images/kid_in_jail.jpg} http://steelturman.typepad.com/thesteeldeal/images/kid_in_jail.jpg
    FamilyInfluences
    Family
    has a
    ...
    and parents. When the child is removed from they’re parents care, “most are vulnerable to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, depression and guilt…The behavioral consequences can be
    severe, absent positive intervention—emotional withdrawal, failure in school,
    delinquency and risk of intergenerational incarceration.” (http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:yVnsQHcspUwJ:www.library.ca.gov/crb/00/notes/V7N2.pdf+kids+whose+parents+are+in+jail&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us)

    Unit 3: Individuality
    Nowadays,Individuality
    Nowadays,
    it's much
    ...
    years (Robinson). Also, in 1990 .3% of couples in the U.S. were same sex, compared to nowadays where almost 1.2% of couples are same sex. This shows that people are more comfortable with being who they are and are more easily accepted into society. (http://www.gaydemographics.org/USA/1990_Census.htm and http://www.gaydemographics.org/USA/ACS/2004/ACS2004statelist.htm)
    Unit 4: Health
    Sleep
    Sleep
    helps everything.
    ...
    around them. Sleep loss affects physical activities.
    {http://www.foamorder.com/graphics/beds/venice_bed_4.jpg} http://www.foamorder.com/graphics/beds/venice_bed_4.jpg
    UnitSleep and Exercise
    In a study done by Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Hull, “individuals that performed 5 h of intermittent moderate exercise during 30 h of sleep deprivation appeared to be more vulnerable to negative mood disturbances and impairment in reaction times. This could result in greater risk of accident due to a reduced capacity to respond quickly.”
    Unit
    5: Substance AbuseReportsAbuseSubstance Abuse
    Reports
    show that
    Unit 6: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    {http://www.clinic-express.co.uk/clinic1.jpg} http://www.clinic-express.co.uk/clinic1.jpg
    ChlamydiaSexually Transmitted Diseases
    Chlamydia
    is the
    ...
    born with Chlamydia ,orChlamydia, or if it
    ...
    it treated.
    {http://img2.timeinc.net/health/images/poked-and-prodded/pregnant-stomach-pain-200.jpg} http://img2.timeinc.net/health/images/poked-and-prodded/pregnant-stomach-pain-200.jpg
    Teen Pregnancy
    Each year 750,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant. Thanks to sex education and increased availability of contraceptives. There has been a 36% decline in the rate of teen abstinence since 1990, which shows that sex education has been more effective in the prevention of teen pregnancy than teaching abstinence. Seeing as that 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned, educating teens can help prevent some of these pregnancies.

    Bibliography
    1. "Chlamydia Facts Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 20 Dec 2007. Department of Health and Human Services. 15 Jan 2009 <http://www.cdc.gov/std/Chlamydia/STDFact-Chlamydia.htm>.
    (view changes)
    7:20 am

Sunday, January 18

  1. page F Eliav, Amber edited ... Unit 3- individuality Race issues: Racism is a belief that some people have that race det…
    ...
    Unit 3- individuality
    Race issues:
    Racism is a belief that some people have that race determines another person’s abilities and capacities and that racial difference give superiority to a particular race. People who are racist might hate certain racial groups. ThereThere are two
    ...
    a different race and that racial differece give superiority to a particular race. Some
    ...
    race or ethnicity.ethnicity and they might hate some racial groups. As a
    {images.jpg}
    Media influences:
    ...
    Unit 4- Health
    Depression/anxiety:
    ...
    mental disorder that includes pervasiveand some of it's featurs are: low mood,
    ...
    social factors. Paul Keedwell, in his book, How Sadness Survived: the Evolutionary Basis of Depression, suggests that, because "social support and interdependence were important features of the human ancestral environment," "the peer group could have offered extra help to the depressed person until the condition resolved."(Wikipedia) Therapy helps
    ...
    to recover from depression and sometimes
    ...
    Anti depressions isare 1 of
    ...
    the movie: “depression”).“depression” we saw in class). “Depression can
    ...
    a heart attack. And,attack And there's a
    Stress:
    Stress can for last for a long
    ...
    hobbies like drawingdrawing, dancing and
    ...
    are much calmercalmer, relaxed and happier
    {cocaine-addiction.gif}
    Unit 5- substance abuse:
    (view changes)
    7:10 pm
  2. page F Eliav, Amber edited ... Unit 2- influences: {brain.jpg} Inside the teenage brain- ... in adolescence. Jay G…
    ...
    Unit 2- influences: {brain.jpg}
    Inside the teenage brain-
    ...
    in adolescence. Jay Giedd is a neuroscientist at the National Institute of Mental Health. He believesscientists believe that everything
    ...
    teens do when they startduring adolescence would
    Learning styles:
    Different people have different abilities and different learning styles. Anyone can be a good student and learn new things in a way that would be easier for him and match his learning abilities with different approaches of learning. There are 3 types of learning styles:
    (view changes)
    6:57 pm
  3. file clock1.jpg uploaded
    12:10 pm

More