These 10 tips for teaching sex education all revolve around how you present the material to your students. Even in 2010, sex education is still considered a sensitive, sometimes taboo topic. The truth of the matter is, sex education is just as important as learning mathematics or English. You should remember this when you become a sex education teacher. The lessons you teach your students can help to carry them throughout the rest of their lives. Here are ten tips for teaching sex education correctly.
- Be frank. Call it what it is. Use the proper terminology for human genitalia. Don't give the vagina some stupid nickname, and call a penis a penis. Don't pull punches. Talk to your students like adults. They'll take the subject matter more serious if you do.
- Go in depth. Knowledge is power. When teaching sex education, actually educate the students. Explain as much of the functionality of the sex organs has you can. The more they know, the better.
- Don't be scared to be graphic. The more graphic you are when you're teaching sex education the better. Most kids make mistakes regarding sexual situations because they don't have anything substantial to go on. So give it to them. Especially when talking about STD's. Show them pictures. Give them real facts.
- Use audio visual aids. This goes hand and hand with being graphic. Seeing and hearing about something will imprint in someone's mind a lot deeper then just hearing about it.
- Don't emphasize abstinence. Abstinence doesn't make sense. Instead emphasize the importance of always being safe. When you tell someone not to do something, they want to do it even more. So focus your energies on showing them what happens when they aren't safe. Then show them how to be safe.
- STD's. You can't spend enough time on this subject. STD's should make up a substantial chunk of your sex education course. The only way to prevent the spread of these little buggers is to educate the youngsters, in depth, about STDs.
- Guest Speakers. Have doctors and other professionals linked to sex education come speak to the class. Receiving information from varying sources is a good thing. You want to give your students, adult and child alike, as much info as you can.
- "Special" Guest Speakers. These speakers may be a little edgy. Have the victims of serious STD's come speak to the class. The shock value of this encounter is bound to reinforce the importance of sexual safety to your class.
- Outside info. Provide your students with outside information pertaining to your class. Give them clinic info. Give them condom samples. Anything you can think of to help them understand the importance of being properly educated when it comes to sex.
- Be there. Just like any other educator, you need to be there for your students. Have after hours. Have an accessible email that they can reach if they have questions. The more involved you are with teaching your sex education class, the more your students will take from the class.
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