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My Top Tips peer book

Learning Objectives

This refresher lesson gives students a moment of reflection on the whole course and prepares them for sharing their knowledge with their peers. Students look back on all they have learned, asking themselves what elements they remember as inspiring, comforting, shocking or life-changing. The second aim of repeating the basics of the course is to prepare students for passing messages on what they learned about sexual health to their friends and peers.

The students go through the Highlights, ticking what they have found most important in each lesson. They then transform their personal highlights into tips they feel are important to share with peers. Using the PowerPoint template, they develop a small pocket book with their top tips for peers. The lesson ends with a discussion and guidelines for where and when there is an appropriate place and time to share their ideas with peers.

Aims

  • Students summarize for themselves what they have learned and what they find most important in the whole course
  • Students learn the basics of peer education for passing on to peers the ideas and messages they learned in this course
  • Students make a pocket guide book to share with friends, called Top Tips

Learning Objectives

Students can:

Knowledge

  • identify a highlight from each lesson in the whole course
  • list tips they feel are most important, inspiring, comforting, shocking, life-changing, etc. for themselves and as ideas to pass on to peers
  • describe the right time and setting to talk with peers about sensitive issues
  • state that every person has the right to think and believe what he or she wants
  • explain that, in educating other people, they should only pass on information they are sure of and do so in an honest, open and non-judgemental way
  • explain that what they tell other people is only effective if they behave according to what they say

Attitude

  • show awareness that each person is unique and has a right to take his/her own decisions
  • show motivation for sharing information with peers
  • express an open, honest, non-judgemental attitude towards other people when talking about sexuality
  • emphasize the importance of keeping private and confidential things they have been told in confidence
  • emphasize the importance of the guidelines presented in this lesson when they discuss issues with peers
  • show awareness of the positive and negative influences of peers

Skills

  • provide a scenario for when, how and what they will share with peers
  • demonstrate they respect the rights of other people and support peers in decision-making
  • demonstrate how to cope with peer pressure, while sticking to their own opinions

Computer, design and creative skills

  • make and print the Book with template
  • compose written personal tips for other people
  • use the MS PowerPoint template to make a pocket book
  • design the layout, using fonts, sizes and colours in MS PowerPoint
  • insert clip art to book in MS PowerPoint
  • print from MS PowerPoint
  • cut out each page neatly to make a pocket book
  • bind the pocket book with sellotape or staples or other method

Optional

  • create the pocket book by cutting and pasting from printed materials, such as newspapers, drawings or painting
  • get advice from the art teacher at school

 

 

Lesson Outline


Reflect

1. Warming Up - Person to Person (5 mins)
2. Highlights of lessons and themes (20 mins)
3. Choose our Top Tips + Make your Book (35 mins)
4. Peer Educator guidelines and discussion (35 mins)
5. Conclusion and homework (5 mins)

Reflect

Ask a few students to tell something about their reflection activities from the previous lesson.

Warming Up

Warming Up - Person to Person (5 mins)

Aim

  • Students get active to start off the lesson with energy

How

All students stand in a circle. They will need some space to play. Place yourself in the middle of the group and ask everyone else to pick a partner. To begin the game, give an instruction like 'elbow to elbow'. Then the pairs of students must put an elbow to an elbow. Then you could say 'ear to ear' and the pairs of students then have to put an ear to an ear. When you say 'person-to-person', everyone has to find a new partner. Whoever does not find a partner should now take over calling out instructions, like 'leg to leg', etc. Everyone switches partners at the 'person-to-person' call. Stop the game when you feel like it.

Talk

Highlights of lessons and themes (20 mins)

Aims

 

  • Students recapitulate the basics of the course, to create a solid base for telling their peers, friends or family about sexual health
  • Students get a refresher session covering lessons and themes from the whole course, with the specific aim of selecting their top tips

How

Step 1

Remind students that they have covered a wide range of topics, that they have had a lot of fun, and that they have also been challenged. You might mention some interesting moments that occurred with this specific group.

Step 2

Students use the Highlights file. This file contains a summary of each lesson and a space for the students to fill in what they found most valuable in each lesson. This will be the foundation for defining their tips for peers in the next exercise.

Do

Choose your Top Tips + Make your Book (on computer or on paper) (35 mins)



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Aims

  • Students summarize for themselves the tips they feel are most important, inspiring, comforting, shocking or life-changing to themselves and to peers
  • Students produce their top tips Book in PowerPoint or on paper

The idea is for students to really use this book to initiate discussion with their age-mates. They should try to make a book that serves this purpose.

How

Step 1
Show students the sample book and the template they will be working with to give them an idea what this book might look like. <See Examples>

Step 2
Students take their highlights doc, look at each lesson and then summarize for themselves which point or points in this lesson they find the most important to share with their peers. Students have to devise a way of presenting their points in one short sentence, proverb, slogan, piece of advice, et cetera.

Tip

It is up to the students to choose what they include in their book. This way, they will choose the issues they themselves feel are the most important ones. However, check that they do not put incorrect or biased information into their books.

The language they use is also up to the students themselves; slang should be allowed, as this can often be a way to make a message more attractive and meaningful to young people.

Step 3
Students use the PowerPoint template or, alternatively, they can work on paper. Students should save the template under a new name to the right folder. They can then put the personal main points they selected on the different pages of their book.

Step 4
Everything in the styling can be changed: colours, images and fonts. Students choose one main picture or slogan for the cover and add their names. Students can use different fonts, sizes, effects or images as they like.

Printing
The books should be printed. Rather than spending class time, you may get a few students to help you afterwards to print all the books. Before printing, select '3/6 slides per page' in the PowerPoint print option for handouts. In this way, the printouts of each book page will be smaller in size, which uses up less ink and produces a pocket-size book. Printing done, the students should carefully cut out each page. Then the pages are sellotaped together to form one long string, folded like an accordion. <See Examples>

Talk

Peer educator guidelines and discussion (35 mins)


Aims

  • Students discuss ideas on how to use their book among friends and peers
  • Students share the guidelines for talking to peers about sexual health

How

Step 1
Ask the group when, where, how and with whom they think they could share their books and their ideas.

Step 2
Share the main guidelines for talking about difficult issues with peers regarding timing, language use and how to give advice. <See Tools>.

Step 3
Try to get a clear commitment from students that they will each talk to, say, five friends or age-mates in depth. More is OK, but if everyone talks to at least five people, the information of this course will be spread quite well.

Talk

Conclusion and homework

The course is approaching its end. The next step is to present the work you have done to the public. Because every school is different and has different public activities, each school or group will find different ways to present their work to the public.

Homework
Give students the following tasks:

  • start talking to peers, using their peer books
  • prepare for a public presentation

 

Tools, Games & Materials

Tips for talking to peers about sexual health
You have acquired some knowledge and learned some skills. Perhaps you can pass on information to those who you think will benefit most from it. If you do so, here are some tips to make sure that nobody is uncomfortable and that your message will be well received!

Step 1
Timing
Choose your timing well if you want to talk to someone about sexual
health. Pick a time when people are relaxed and will be able to listen. If you want to talk to peers about their specific behaviour: find time alone with them and do not talk to them when there are other people around.

Step 2
Tone
You have your own opinions and everyone else has their own opinions. It is important to be respectful to other people and to listen to them. Do not judge other people by their behaviour. Your tone should be confident and open; make suggestions rather than tell other people what to do. In fact, suggestions will be a lot more effective than orders in reaching your peers.

Step 3
Knowledge
You are a peer educator when you know more than your peers. Make sure your knowledge is correct. If you are not sure, go and check first with someone who is an expert before you pass on any information you are not sure of.

Step 4
Privacy
Sometimes, when you talk about sexual health with your peers, you will be told things that are private. You must keep this information private and confidential; this is between you and the person who told you and it is not intended for anyone else.

Step 5
Role Model
As an adolescent who has completed sexual health education, you are a role model. If your behaviour is different from your words, your message will not be effective. Do practice what you preach!

Tips for making and binding books
Printing the books will depend on the availability of ink cartridges and paper. If you are short of these, you can choose the PowerPoint version and print a small version of each page. If you do have enough resources, use the Word version.

The Book
Basically, the contents of the book consists of all the exercises students have done throughout the course, collected in one file and printed. Students can choose to include a selection of items or to include all items. Each student can make his/her own book and bind it him/herself.

Tip
Students may not have enough time to finish the book in class time. They can finish the book in their own time before the exhibition.

Binding
In fact, bookbinding is an old tradition. There are many ways to get the pages of the books to stick together and to give the book a hard cover to make it long-lasting. It is up to students to be creative in finding ways of sticking the pages together and finding materials that can be used as a cover.

Sticking pages
You can staple the pages together, glue them or fold them and then use elastic bands. Be creative!

Hard covers
A book with a hard cover is more impressive and lasts longer. Look around for materials you could use to give your books a hard cover, for example:

  • an old box: cut out the cardboard to the appropriate size
  • an old plastic container: role out the plastic, cut it to the right shape and size it
  • wood
  • old tins, flattened out
Examples


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Print your PowerPoint file and cut to the right size.


Paste the pages together with tape to create a long string of pages.


Fold the pages in even parts.





Finish your book by folding all the pages into a flat book. Use your nails or a knife to make the folding lines really sharp.

You can use a paperclip to keep it nicely together. If you have time, you can make a nice envelope to keep it clean.


 

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