Knowing that teaching sexuality education comes with its own inherent ‘issues’ (unlike most all other subjects) teachers, in general, have a deep concern for how well they’re doing. They often wonder if they’re
teaching it correctly
saying the right things
saying the wrong things
getting through to students
giving all the right answers
creating a safe and inclusive environment
going to be faced with angry parents showing up out of nowhere
and so much more!
They review their outcomes and wonder
why some grade levels do better than others
why certain myths prevail over facts
if intentions will translate into behavioral changes
if students will find trusted adults to talk to
if students will face dating violence
which students aren’t being given a choice
and so much more!
they will face as they develop in to adulthood.
There is an underlying pressure to succeed that teachers may not feel with other subjects largely, in part, because the consequences are much more serious potentially even life threatening. This is a huge burden that those who choose to teach sexuality education carry that often goes unnoticed; perhaps never even considered.
Sexuality health teachers often feel isolated in their teaching. They know that it’s an uncomfortable subject for many. Even their adult counterparts would rather avoid discussing, let alone deal with, the teaching aspect where the fear of the unknown anonymous questions that arise can be more than they could ever imagine handling. Peers may frequently say things like, ‘how do you do that?’ or ‘I could never do that!’ thus deepening the divide sexuality educators may feel when needing someone with which to share their experiences.
It is no wonder, then, that an honest, heartfelt compliment was received with such impact by its recipient. This teacher was so deeply moved that someone took the time to express gratitude for their determined efforts (something, they noted, their boss hadn’t even done) they integrated the giving of compliments in to their lesson. This teacher didn’t hoard the wonder of the compliment. They shared it! They cared enough about their students; perhaps your child, that they wanted their students to experience that same warm, fuzzy feeling.
Surprise them with the wonderment of receiving your compliment.
You just may be surprised at how wonderful you feel, too!