Below is the Introduction to
Learning Theme One as found in the Curriculum Supplement. Read through the overview for Learning Theme One.

A significant source of self-influence is the amount of knowledge an individual has about a topic and the extent to which that knowledge is accurate or inaccurate. Accurate information is important to be able to make and act on informed decisions. Unfortunately, when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, there are numerous myths and misconceptions. This session will provide accurate information concerning some of the relative risks and harms of substance use and will correct common misconceptions. The emphasis is on alcohol and cannabis, the two psychoactive substances most commonly used among junior high students in Nova Scotia.

Good information is important in making sound decisions in situations involving substance use, but it isn't sufficient. It is also important for a student to have a clear understanding of his or her goals and values and to factor them into any important decision of this sort. Beyond that, it is also necessary for students to be familiar enough with a method for making decisions that they are able to apply it in these situations.

Learning Theme One will help students clarify their goals and values and introduce a decision-making model-WHOA (Wait, Have a Brain, Options, Action)-that students can incorporate into their day-to-day decisions.

Becoming Familiar with the Activities

Using either your hard copy of the supplement or by clicking on the
Learning Theme One link, read through the time frame and the activities for this learning theme.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with Learning Theme One. Check your responses to these questions before proceeding to the second Learning Theme.

  1. What factors influence the risk level of alcohol and cannabis use?
  2. What are some positive and negative reasons for taking risks?

All done? Please go to Learning Theme Two.