Public Health Nurse Uses HRC
Edmonton, Alberta - A public health nurse in Edmonton who is in the early stages of implementing Healthy Relationships says it's only a matter of time before this curriculum finds its niche in junior high school.
Susan McNaughton is a public health worker for Capital Health Authority, which has taken over health care in Edmonton. So far, she has introduced it to grade nine students as part of the human sexuality theme in Health class, and it is being used by peer support teams at two high schools. The trick has been to find a way to insert the curriculum, or sections thereof, into existing classes.
"I'm going to start a project in junior high schools on awareness, violence, and bullying," says McNaughton. "Integrating it into their Health classes, or some other kind of class, will be important so we don't take class time away. We want to build it into something that's already there."
She is planning to use Healthy Relationships to help grade seven students at Ottwell Junior High "identify their issues." At that point, the use of the material will be dictated by the students' needs-from bullying at school to sexual harassment--and will likely be different from school to school. At Ottwell Junior High, the grade sevens don't have Health, but they do have a writing period several times each week. McNaughton is thinking of alternating between a lesson plan one week and an assignment to write about it the next week.
"Suggestions for lesson plans are the most helpful thing for me," she says, "not being a teacher. It also gives me something I can show teachers, and they recognize something they can work with.They say, 'Gee! We don't have to develop a new curriculum.'"
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