How to teach *about* the sex ed curriculum without actually teaching the sex ed curriculum

I planned and delivered a lesson with my Grade 11 and 12 university-level students this month that I'm going to share with you in a minute. Before I dive into that, though, an announcement for those who have not yet heard: The Ontario Ministry of Education has opened up their online consultation period for issues … Continue reading How to teach *about* the sex ed curriculum without actually teaching the sex ed curriculum

Musings on what a forced return to an old curriculum means for teachers

If you live in Ontario, you have probably heard by now that the provincial government announced a litany of education-related edicts yesterday. Among them was a warning to teachers: “We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games. And, make no mistake, if we find somebody failing to do their … Continue reading Musings on what a forced return to an old curriculum means for teachers

So you want to talk to your neighbours about the Health and Physical Education curriculum, but may not know where to start

Hey, folks. Yep, exactly what we warned everyone about this spring came to pass yesterday afternoon: Ontario's revised Health and Physical Education curriculum has been shelved, and we have been informed we'll be teaching from the one last updated in 1998 (2000 for grades 9-12, but the focus, as always is on the Grade 1-8 … Continue reading So you want to talk to your neighbours about the Health and Physical Education curriculum, but may not know where to start

Eleven Reasons Why Watching “Thirteen Reasons Why” was a Bad Life Choice

Netflix dropped Season 2 of Thirteen Reasons Why first thing Friday morning. As a teacher and parent of teens, I consume a lot of cultural artifacts that target this age group to help me understand interests and references (and... well, I have a lifelong love of teen culture, and would likely be consuming it regardless). … Continue reading Eleven Reasons Why Watching “Thirteen Reasons Why” was a Bad Life Choice

Hot for Teacher

*content note for sexual harassment, sexual abuse ******** As a parent and teacher of teens, I find myself watching a lot of television targeting that age demographic. (okay, okay, I'd probably watch teen shows even if I weren't a parent and teacher) The most recent teen-targeted show I've been consuming is CW's Riverdale (available in … Continue reading Hot for Teacher

Fifty Shades of you want me to talk with my kid about WHAT?!?

I have a confession to make: a few weeks ago, I watched Fifty Shades of Grey. I never had any intention of consuming this franchise, and not because I was offended by sexual relationships which involve power exchange (because let's be real: it's extraordinarily rare for any sexual engagement with more than one person to … Continue reading Fifty Shades of you want me to talk with my kid about WHAT?!?