Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

  1. Has this curriculum been used before?
    Yes. And with successful outcomes. See Strong Kids Program Research for more information.
  2. What do I need to do to get started?
    Spend some time reviewing the chapters and material in the front matter. The front matter provides information that gives you a general sense of the intent behind the lessons and provides a good platform for decision-making during your lesson-delivery. Review each lesson before you teach it. Allow time to ensure you have all the handouts, and to determine whether or not you will need to make any modifications to the lesson.
  3. Do I have to follow the scripts exactly?
    No. The scripting is primarily designed to give you a sense of the intended message. You can adjust the language to make sure that your students are able to understand the content described in the scripts.
  4. Do I have to give the lessons in sequential order?
    The lessons are designed with an intentional sequence, however, you can select lessons based on needs your students may have, current, topics, or preference. If you elect to re-order the lessons, simply pay attention to wording that may refer to a lesson that you have not yet given to your students.
  5. Can I divide a lesson into two parts?
    Absolutely. Be sure to take note of the "Running short on time" instructions provided.
  6. How should I group my students for in-class activities?
    Group your students in a way that allows you to focus on any students you are particularly concerned about, while maintaining good classroom behavior management practices.
  7. How do I work the homework assignments into the class time?
    Some teachers have found it helpful for students to complete or at least start the homework assignment in class. Some teachers also use homework in the review section of a new lesson to go over previously learned concepts.
  8. Can I use situations that are currently happening in my classroom to illustrate concepts in the lessons?
    Yes. Examples are provided in the curriculum, but you can make up your own. If you use situations that are currently happening in your classroom, be sure to remain sensitive to students’ feelings and respect confidentiality by addressing sensitive subjects anonymously or with modifications to the scenario that remove judgment and allow for multiple perspectives.
  9. What do I do if a student is experiencing emotional difficulties during the course of a lesson?
    If you believe a student is having a difficult time with the curriculum content, becomes upset or seems distressed, first attempt to work with the student to determine how to proceed in the moment and then notify your school psychologist or counselor as appropriate.
  10. Are the strong kids programs pre-requisites for each other?
    No. As in the original programs, Strong Kids—Grades 3–5 is not a prerequisite to Strong Kids—Grades 6–8, and Strong Kids—Grades 6–8 is not a prerequisite to Strong Teens. Thus, students can benefit from the programs regardless of the level at which the student first receives instruction.