Editor's note: Feeling glued to your smartphone? Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith--a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher's Guide each month--collected some surprisingly poignant advice from her class.

A new study has found that a traditional approach to health education—lectures, diagrams, directives—doesn't necessarily work. Here, nine Choices stories that will help you utilize a student-centered, anti-manipulation approach to health and life skills education in your classroom.

This week in teen news, we discuss how teens use social media for good, the increase in the amount of teens who vape, and more.

Editor's note: Bullying is a serious issue, and Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith--a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher's Guide each month--understands this from a personal perspective. Her advice will help you understand what students may be going through and which bullying-prevention steps can be effective.

This month's Life Skills Made Easy column (and free classroom poster!) will help your students navigate the important social skill of declining an invite.

Editor's Note: Andrew Simmons is an English teacher in San Rafael, California, and—along with his colleagues—the founder of a brand new civic engagement project called First Tuesdays Students Speak. In this guest post, we've asked him to share his inspiration and instructions for this fantastic ongoing advocacy activity.