Amy Lauren Smith

Health Teacher

Amy teaches Middle School Health at the Hong Kong International School and has a passion for curriculum that is current, relevant, adaptable, and shared. She has presented at conferences in Asia as well as SXSWedu and the SHAPE America National Conventions, and serves as the Education Editor for Choices, Scholastic’s health magazine for teens. You can find her online at thehealthteacher.com and on twitter: @teaching_health.

The PE Teacher’s Guide to Teaching Health - Preconference

In most international schools, health education is often added as an afterthought or tasked to teachers who don’t have enough time or resources to give it the attention it deserves. In this full day pre-con, participants will be guided through the process of creating a comprehensive, skills-based Health & Wellness curriculum that can be applicable for grades K-12 and adapted to align with any set of standards or curricular framework. Read more>>

Current Health Issues for International Teens- 1.5 hrs

One of the benefits of a skills-based model is that it gives teachers freedom to adapt content to best suit the unique needs of their student population. This is especially important in an international setting where cultures, values, and laws can vary drastically between countries and schools. In this follow-up to last year’s session, participants will be given tools to add current health concerns- vaping, screen time, body image and social media, etc.- to existing curriculum while maintaining a focus on skills.

Participants will leave with:

  • Tools to gather data on the health concerns impacting their unique student population
  • A bank of adaptable resources to help address current health issues
  • A network of other international teachers passionate about student wellness in the region.

Intended audience: PK-12 Teachers

Addressing the Teen Sleep Epidemic Head-On- 1hr.

There’s no question, today’s teens are sleep deprived. This current epidemic is leading to increased rates of anxiety and depression, and has a direct impact on academic and athletic performance. In this session, we’ll take a look at the latest research on teens and sleep, and discuss systemic as well as curricular solutions to help address the issue in your school community.

Participants will leave with:

  • Ready-to-go resources to add sleep hygiene into Health and PE classes.
  • “Parent homework” students can take home to help to shift cultural and familial beliefs about sleep and cognitive function.
  • Information about sleep and injury prevention to share with coaches and student-athletes.

Intended audience: PK-12 Teachers, Athletic Directors, Coaches

How to Integrate Stress-Management and Mental Health Into Your Health Classes Right Now- 1 hr.

Today’s teens are anxious and stressed. The pressure to keep up- both in school and online- has led to a mounting mental health crisis in universities worldwide. A focus on ‘positive prevention’ and healthy coping skills- rather than high-risk behaviors- can equip students with the tools they need to thrive. In this session, we’ll be discussing strategies and resources for teaching stress management that work.

Participants will leave with:

  • A unit plan to teach stress management and healthy coping skills
  • A tool-kit of scientifically proven happiness-boosting activities students can use right away
  • Current information about mental health issues to share with counselors and advisors at school to advocate for a community-based approach

Intended audience: PK-12 Teachers, Athletic Directors, Coaches