names are Mytchel and Nicole and we teach once a week in the KCVI
Street Smart program located in downtown Kingston. The students in this
program are working towards completing their high school credits and
there are a variety of different students attending each week.
During the fall, our lessons were very discussion-based as this is what
worked best for the students. We have presented on a range of topics
regarding health promotion, including Healthy Eating, Drug Use and
Marijuana. In this class, we are able to tailor the discussions to their
own personal lives and stories that they share. The teacher, Trina, is
extremely knowledgeable about the personal lives of all of her students
and is able to offer insight and input that allows the students to stay
focused and on-track.
So far in the winter semester, we have taught lessons on Physical
Activity and Healthy Relationships. For part of our lesson on healthy
relationships, we had a list of attributes that described healthy and
unhealthy aspects of a relationship – and had the students categorize
them and explain why they put it in each category. We then talked about
consent, signs of abuse, and what to do after a sexual assault and
incorporated local resources.
Our future lessons plans include topics such as Pregnancy and
Contraceptives. We have really enjoyed teaching in this classroom and
think that each student has something unique to learn from our Queen’s
Healthy Outreach. We are very appreciative of Trina for allowing us to
teach in her classroom and for her on-going support!
Mytchel & Nicole