Wyoming - HE K-12 curriculum—SEL (ES): Curricula
Wyoming Health Education Content and Performance Standards
HE Standard #3: Problem Solving and Decision Making
Health literate students can communicate for a variety of purposes, including sending and receiving information, providing instruction and persuading others. In their communication repertoire are numerous strategies and techniques they can use to enhance health and to avoid or reduce health risks. In grades K-2, students begin by identifying appropriate communication techniques for a variety of health enhancing and health challenging situations they may encounter. By grade 4 their understanding of appropriate communication techniques increases, including the use of refusal skills to avoid or reduce health risks, and they are able to show how to use basic listening skills. By 6th grade students demonstrate their ability to use listening skills for specific health purposes. Their understanding of communication deepens as they analyze different strategies and techniques for effectiveness. Active listening continues to be important at the next level (7-8), but the focus becomes specific to deciphering meaning from a health message. Students also demonstrate the ability to use effective communication techniques for a variety of purposes. High school students fine tune their communication skills, including refusal, negotiation and collaboration skills, and evaluate the effectiveness of various techniques for different audiences. They also demonstrate critical thinking skills by delineating a speaker’s health arguments or claims and determining if those claims are supported by reason and evidence.