Editor's note: Ready to tackle this uncomfortable topic? This advice from 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--will help you handle these lessons calmly and gracefully.

Editor's note: It's hard to accept, but failure might actually be good for you. Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith--a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher's Guide each month--explains how she helped her students understand this important lesson.

It's 2017, and we're back with our first teen news update of the year!

Editor's Note: Many of you have written to us for help answering questions about gender identity in your classroom. Whether you're addressing this complex issue in a lesson or simply need to support a student one-on-one, we hope this Tough Topics Guide will give you the background you need. Special thanks to The Trevor Project for helping us put it together.

Editor's Note: In our back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members--or your students! (They can go here to submit their questions.) The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.

Editor's Note: Su Nottingham has taught Family & Consumer Science, Sexuality, and Health & Physical Education at both the secondary and university level. The Choices team took part in her workshop at the 2015 Society for Health & Physical Educators (SHAPE) Conference, and we were floored by the power of this game, which teaches the tenets of healthy and unhealthy relationships. We're so excited to share it with you as a support activity complementing our feature on teen dating abuse in the February issue!