About Talk to Me
In 2000, The Health Department partnered with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) to improve the health of Peel youth. Superintendents and administrators were asked to identify health issues that were most important in their schools. The results were published in the Survey Report entitled, Creating a Comprehensive School Health Partnership (2001), which noted sexuality as a central topic.
Healthy Sexuality education is mandated in the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines, as part of the Physical and Health Education Program. Despite being mandated, teachers express frustration and little expertise when required to teach sexuality. Teacher concerns, coupled with the results of the needs assessment, spurred Peel Health to develop several sexuality education resource materials.
Talk to Me: A Comprehensive Sexuality Education Resource, has been created for use by those who work with youth in Grades seven and eight. The 4MAT curriculum development model was used in creating this teaching unit to ensure that the resource accommodates all students and complements 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 Talk to Me educational resource 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 Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Any suggestions that would assist in future unit development would be greatly appreciated.