January 10 2006
Questions like these had Indiana State University students in the "School Health for the Elementary Teacher" class throwing balls of twine at each other.
Indiana State University students in Assistant Professor Anne Drabczyk's "School Health for the Elementary Teacher" class this fall, throw balls of twine at each other as they learn that any comprehensive school health program requires many partners.
Anne Drabczyk, Ph.D., ISU assistant professor of community health, posed questions to see how the students might fulfill a specific task, and which community resource they would choose to assist in accomplishing the task. As students responded to her questions, they tossed the ball of twine to the person representing the community resource who could help with the task, while hanging on to their portion of the string.
"Students learned that as the string was tossed to various community partners, a network of support was formed," said Drabczyk, who also is ISU's Health Education Program director. "The visual web that was formed gave them tangible proof that fulfillment of any comprehensive program requires many partners."
The community networking exercise reinforces the Coordinated School Health Program, or CSHP. The CSHP addresses eight essential components of a coordinated school health program: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, health promotion of staff, counseling and psychological services, healthy school environment, and parent and community involvement.
What is the first thing you should do when you learn one of your students has a contagious illness?