The final lesson plan is all about identifying myths about sex, relationships, and desirability that are perpetuated in the media. It includes one of my favourite activities, based on one of my favourite classic tabletop games. Five bonus points if you can guess which one!
In our house, love is shouting out sexual misinformation over microwave burritos.
Here as promised are questions you can use for the Privilege Walk activity I outlined in the video. FYI, I didn't but should have mentioned, that I didn't invent the concept of the Privilege Walk, it was developed by Rebecca Layne and Ryan Chui for a class at George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
1. If you don't have to be concerned about how elderly relatives might react to your orientation, step forward
2. If you could not marry your partner anywhere in the world, step back.
3. If there are people who believe your orientation is a phase or that you're too young to know "what you really are", step back.
4. If you've never had your sexual orientation referred to as a "lifestyle", or "agenda", step forward.
5. If people ask you to explain what your sexual orientation "means", step back.
6. If anyone has ever referred to your sexual orientation as "greedy or "not being able to choose", step back.
7. If you see characters who share your sexual orientation widely represented on TV and in movies, step forward.
8. If you have to take your sexual orientation into consideration when making travel plans, step back.
9. If you can be affectionate with your sexual/romantic partner in public without worrying about stares, or rude comments, step forward.
10. If you've never heard anyone refer to themselves as tolerant, inclusive, or an ally for treating you decently, step forward.
11. If most people have a general understanding of what you mean when you tell them your sexual orientation, step forward.
12. If there are people who think children are too young to know about your sexual orientation, step back.
Consent education is most effective when it begins at an early age. Children who learn how to assert themselves and respect boundaries with their friends and family are more likely to grow into teens and adults who can apply those same skills to their romantic and sexual relationships.=
Dag, y'all! Intermediate level students have so much to learn about puberty! Real talk, this is a subject I wish the 2015 HPE curriculum had moved to an earlier grade. The average onset age of puberty for youth born with uteruses is around 10 and a half years old. For Black and Lantinx youth, it's even younger than that. The curriculum covers puberty in Grades 4 and 5, and by that time some kids are already going through it. Ideally, I prefer that kids have information about bodily changes before they happen so that understand that it's normal. Furthermore, there's a LOT to learn about puberty: hormones, growth spurts, new and complex emotions, sexual response, periods, vaginal lubrication, erections, ejaculation, pubic hair, acne - and those are just the basics!
All of this to say that you can start talking to your kids about puberty at home before the Ontario curriculum does. If you introduce it earlier, say when they're around 8 years old, you have lots of time to introduce the information gradually over time, and over several conversations. But if you do have to teach puberty in a classroom setting, hopefully, the exercises in the video and the info sheets below will help the lessons land with your students.
Thanks once again to graphic artist Greer McNally who created a whole bunch of sexual anatomy diagrams for you to use as part the Anatomy Puzzle activity described in the video! You can download the PDFs below
If you need diagrams to do the anatomy exercise outlined in the video, you can download them here.