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About Helping Teens

In the year 2000, The Healthy Sexuality Program at the Region of Peel partnered with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) to improve the health of schools. Superintendents and administrators were asked to identify health issues that were most important in their schools. Their thoughts were published in the Survey Report entitled, "Creating a Comprehensive School Health Partnership" (2001), which noted sexuality as a central topic.

Since the new Ontario Curriculum Guidelines have been implemented, Healthy Sexuality has become a mandatory part of the Physical and Health Education Program. Classroom teachers who are expected to impart information on sexual health, expressed frustration with the lack of quality educational resources available to them. In response to these concerns, Peel Health developed a unit of study related to healthy sexuality.

"Helping Teens To Make Healthy Decisions About Sex and Relationships", has been created for use by grade nine health and physical education teachers. Research on adolescent sexuality has been completed for you. The unit includes detailed lesson plans, student handouts, visual aids, student-centred activities, evaluation tools, a video, overheads and further resources.

The 4MAT curriculum development model was used in creating this teaching unit to ensure that the resource accommodates all students and that it will complement initiatives on differentiated learning.

The 4MAT model consists of teaching strategies that address the ranges of learning modes including concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation and active experimentation.

The "Helping Teens" educational unit offers an integrated approach to sexuality; one that places priority on accurate information; encourages students to form healthy relationships; and allows them to hone their decision-making skills.

Should you wish to provide feedback about your experiences using this teaching unit, or if you require further information, please feel free to contact the Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Any suggestions that would assist in future unit creation would be greatly appreciated.

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