Reflection: Trust and Respect Drugs and the Nervous System - Section 1: Engage


My students come from a variety of backgrounds, so it is important to lay some ground rules before beginning this lesson. My students know that our classroom is a safe place to ask questions and share experiences. I work hard to develop and maintain a climate of trust and respect. The work of the entire year can be destroyed in a moment if I don't maintain close attention to potential impacts of events, discussions, activities and so on.  

Prior to the start of this lesson I explain to my students that we will be taking the lesson topic of drugs seriously and I remind them to be appropriate and considerate of others. I also remind them that whole group discussion is not the time or place to share personal information about other people and their experiences.

I share that we are discussing this topic because surveys show that many of them will be offered drugs during high school, if they haven't had them offered already. This is information they need to know. I make it clear to my students that if they are concerned about a situation with a peer or they have a personal issue they would like to discuss that I am here -- privately -- to listen and assist them in finding the help that they need.

  Setting the Tone
  Trust and Respect: Setting the Tone
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Drugs and the Nervous System

Unit 5: Nervous System
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT explain how drugs impact the function of the nervous system.

Big Idea: Use this lesson to help students understand the ways that various drugs impact neurons and the nervous system.

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Science, nervous system (Anatomy), Spinal Cord, drugs, neurons, senses, nervous system, brain
  70 minutes
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