Your Self Series Products

The 3 Book Series

Your Self Series™ is written specifically for the teen who is grappling with identity development, morality, the teen scene, bodily changes, media exposure and/or, well, life! (Yes! What teen isn’t?!) For years, we worked with teens to discover exactly what they wanted to learn to help them be the best that they can be in school and in life. The result? Your Self Series™! Taught in advisory, health or after school, YSS meets many state mandates, CCSS, 21st century skills, SEL and much more.

Read more about each of these books individually here.

The Educators' 411

Overview

The Educator’s 411 provides teachers, mental health professionals and counselors with the information needed to make the YSS program a classroom success. Complete with set-up steps for classroom management, troubleshooting ideas, lesson plans and chapter-by-chapter suggestions for implementing the series, the Educator’s 411 is a teacher’s tool for making the most out of the YSS. The website also contains PD training and a forum to share ideas and skills with other teachers implementing the program.

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``You can compare this Series to one-stop shopping! Everything an educator needs and wants for her students all presented in one package. As of recent, there have been many added pressures, mandates, standards and guidelines placed on educators. It’s beautiful to have a Series that presents meaning and a felt need for students while at the same time adhering to state and national standards in Health Education and Common Core.``
~Amanda Gerber, Health Teacher, Fox Lane Middle School, Bedford, NY
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Topics Covered

Classroom Technique

  • Program length
  • Setting up the classroom
  • Setting the tone
  • First-Fourth Class
  • Teacher review
  • Assessment
  • Troubleshooting

Theory

  • YSS Goals
  • Building the self puzzle
  • Defining self education
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Sel

Appendices & Tools

  • The Website
  • Assignment Charts
  • Chapter by Chapter Log
Section I Preface
  1. Preface
Section II Theory
  1. HOW IS THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HELPING TEENS PREPARE FOR LIFE?
  2. YOUR SELF SERIES – PHILOSOPHY
  3. YOUR SELF SERIES AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
  4. THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICAL STRATEGIES BEHIND YOUR SELF SERIES
  5. THE BENEFITS OF DEVELOPING SELF SKILLS
  6. CREATING CONNECTIONS: THE ESSENTIAL ASPECT TO YOUR SELF SERIES SUCCESS
  7. HOW ARE THE BOOKS AND COURSE STRUCTURED?
  8. HOW LONG DO THE BOOKS TAKE TO TEACH?
  9. WHAT TO DO AHEAD OF TIME
  10. SESSION ONE: INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
  11. SESSION TWO: CREATE GROUP RULES AND SIGN UP FOR STUDENT-LED DISCUSSIONS
Section III Practice
  1. SESSION THREE: ICEBREAKERS
  2. SESSION FOUR: STUDENT-LED DISCUSSIONS
  3. SESSION FIVE: TEACHER REVIEW & CREATIVE CLARIFICATION
  4. ADDITIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
  5. THE WEBSITE
  6. ASSESSMENTS
  7. TROUBLESHOOTING
  8. BIBLIOGRAPHY
Section IV Appendices
  1. APPENDIX A: YOUR MINDSET Q&A
  2. APPENDIX B: WEBSITE INTEGRATION CHART
  3. APPENDIX C: HOW TO BE A TEAM PLAYER
  4. APPENDIX D: YOUR SELF SERIES – CALENDAR TEMPLATES
  5. APPENDIX E: STUDENT-LED DISCUSSION CHART
  6. APPENDIX F: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  7. APPENDIX G: CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER LOG

Assessments

Overview

Assessments contains pre- and post- testing for each chapter in the three books (Discover, Manage and Express Your Self). These are quick quiz-like assessments that work well in settings that need to assess but are more limited in time. The manual also contains full length tests for each chapter in every book. These assess the chapter material thoroughly and can be given in open book format if so desired. All assessments are full color matching our unique YSS style. The manual can be purchased at by clicking the “Buy This Book” tab on this page.

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Lesson Plans

We were on a mission when we created the YSS™ Lesson Plans Units: to help you with your mission of inspiring your students to learn about themselves and the world. As such, the Lesson Plans within each Unit are referred to as “Missions;” you are headquarters (HQ); your students are agents.

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Your Stacs

Your StacS are packs of activity cards that prompt elementary aged students to think creatively and analytically about who they are, developing SEL and executive brain functions in as little as ten minutes a day.  The cards foster collaboration as students interact with one another on topics such as health, manners and nutrition.Your StacS are fun, affordable and ideal anytime!

Your StacS provide ample opportunity for young students to reflect and share their opinions, developing their sense of self from an early age. We highly recommend that you set aside additional sharing time on the last day so that students can share with a peer an interesting question, response or interaction from the week  – something that inspired them, changed their point of view, made them laugh or made them stop and think. You will be amazed at the conversations Your StacS can inspire!

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Each pack of Your StacS  has 28 color coded cards (to accommodate class sizes up to 28 students). Here’s how Your StacS works: You distribute the cards so that students sitting near each other have different colored cards. They will keep that card for as long as you run the activity. For each assignment  (perhaps first thing in the morning, perhaps during snack time) have your students complete the question on their cards. On two days of the week students will be asked to connect with each other according to the topic on their cards, while on two other days, they will be asked to self-reflect on a topic. On the fifth day, students are asked to draw a picture of a silly or unusual scenario – linking the creative right side of the brain to the left.

“I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant idea Your StacS are. It is the easiest (and most fun and creative) way to enable social skills that do not often get taught (and are often overlooked) at school. I love the balance of interactive and introspective activities throughout the week, and the minimal time commitment required gives a teacher no excuse NOT to use them!” ~ Laura Handler, North Carolina Elementary School Teacher

Your Healthy Stacs

Healthy Stacs™ is an activity that uses an investigational approach to learning in order to spur motivation and curiosity about four health issues: diabetes, obesity, heart disease and malnutrition. Your students are referred to as agents and their assignments are called  missions. They will meet characters Owen, José, Penny and Dina who are each struggling with a health issue.  Your agents’ mission is to gather intel, form units and collaborate to present other agents with the consequences of their character’s lifestyle.

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Mission goals: Through a hands-on, interactive and personal approach to learning, students begin to own their learning by reflecting on how various health issues may affect them. This way, students also learn valuable skills in collaboration, communication, organizing, planning and team building.

Healthy Stacs™ is intended for students in grades 4-9. 28 color coded cards in a pack make Healthy StacS™ ideal for classes with up to 28 students. Detailed directions, disease information and additional activities included.

Healthy Stacs™ is easy to implement in a short period of time. Overall, Healthy Stacs™ can be completed in 5 hours of class time with a short follow up one week later.

Your Self Guides

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What Would You Do? Cards

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