Archive: January, 2013

Notes from a 5th Grade Classroom – Research for this week’s lesson

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Last night, I took some time to re-explore the fabulous and timeless resource, Our Bodies Ourselves, in preparation for an upcoming lesson. It provides great inspiration, and hey, our own Kim Comatas is on the new cover (can you find her?!) I lingered over Chapters 5 and 7, specifically. You can check out excerpts on […]

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Quotes From a Sex Ed Classroom

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I recently had the privilege of watching Megara Bell and Kim Comatas each teach anatomy lessons to a group of eager eighth graders. I had been in class the week before and was amazed at the children’s responses to the lessons on healthy relationships and consent. I couldn’t wait to see how they reacted to […]

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Oh! Oh! Listen to my story!

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When people find out you are a sexuality educator, they immediately want to tell you the one thing they remember from their sex ed class oh so many years ago. Or, at least this has been my experience. I love hearing stories so I often indulge them. Recently, a colleague shared her fond memory. It […]

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“Does comprehensive sex education take away from the ‘mystique?'”

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If you read my last post, you see that the 5th graders went heavy into the skill of putting on a condom. This lesson, I might highlight, was in addition to the 12 very concrete, sequenced, comprehensive lessons in the curriculum. I was able to enhance a few of the standard lessons – with a […]

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Wait, you go to school for WHAT?

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My first addition to the blog is about my path to sex education and my experience as a graduate student in the field. People always seem very interested in my motivations when I share that I study human sexuality. As a psychology major at Clark University, I worked as a research assistant on TAPP with Abbie Goldberg […]

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Could sex ed have made a difference in Steubenville?

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I have been obsessing over Steubenville, Ohio.  Steubenville is not an anomaly; it is representative of a rape culture, of toxic masculinity.  While we as educators don’t have the power to fix it, we are in the position to make a big difference, by talking to youth about consent, respect, and safety. Imagine that you […]

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