Class Summary - Today in class we discussed how biodots actually work. By now, students should have used a biodot through one of their school days and recorded their stress levels. Biodots work with temperature. We discussed how it isn't a perfect experiment but something fun that can be used to discuss stress in our day. Biodots are made of heat sensitive material that changes color in response to changes in skin temperature. When you are stressed your capillaries constrict, reducing the flow of blood to the surface of the skin. That’s why your hands feel cold and clammy right before a big test, or when you are about to get up and give a speech. The biodot simply acts as a thermometer, showing you the changes in temperature just beneath the surface of your skin. Biodots adhere to the back of your hand and change color as the flow of blood to your capillaries increases or decreases. Black means you’re stressed. Then, students were to go to this link; and take the quiz on stress levels webarchive.library.unt.edu/eot2008/20080921081740/http:/www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_stressometer_game.html Finally, students were to use a bag of student stressors to analyze how often they would use a stress relief technique. Students were to pick two slips from the stressors that they found during the past week (I made a list, printed them and put them in the bag.) Then, students were to pick an effective stress relief technique that would work for those stressors.
Homework - Test tomorrow, students should bring their stress profiler and their biodot sheet.
Objectives - Students will evaluate effective strategies for dealing with stress (Standard 1 Core Concepts), Students will demonstrate how to effectively communicate stress levels to someone else (Standard 4 Interpersonal Communication), Students will examine barriers to making a healthy decision related to managing stress (Standard 5 Decision Making), Students will make realistic requests to others to promote healthy stress levels (Standard 8 Advocacy)