‘Stanley Paste’ by Aaron Blabey – picture book

Stanley Paste is small. Really small. And he hates it.
But when a new girl arrives at school, Stanley learns that perhaps being small is not so bad after all . . .


‘The Invisible Boy’ by Tracey Ludwig – picture book

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading

‘Things are Changing’ DVD resource for teachers about puberty by Choicez Media

This resource contains a teacher’s DVD, as well as booklets for boys and for girls. Parent resources in this range also come with a DVD and accompanying books.

The teacher DVD covers:
Body shape
Physical changes
Media influences on body image
Skin and hair
Breast development
Menstrual cycle
Male and female reproduction

Link to make purchase: http://www.choicez.com.au/puberty-resources/

‘The NEW Wonder of Living’ dvd set with accompanying teacher resource

3 Disc series and teacher’s manual

This DVD resource is popular amongst teachers in CESA. Be mindful of the content within the DVD’s as some of the content pertains to specific year levels. Please watch before use.

DVD 1 – ‘A New Baby’ – a family looks forward to a new baby by recalling the birth of their son Daniel

DVD 2 – ‘And Now There’s Me’ – The amazing human body, how a baby begins, families, handling ups and downs, making healthy choices.

DVD 3 – Puberty and making safe choices. 4 scenarios showing how teenagers handle a difficult situation.

While this resource is called the ‘new’ version it is now a 2007 DVD. It is incredible how quickly these DVD’s date.

The information in the first and second DVD is fairly timeless despite the changing fashions so these will be relevant for a while I guess. But the third DVD was a great attempt at creating something modern in 2007 with a scenario involving sharing images on mobile devices but having taught Year 8s recently I know they would cringe and giggle at the old fashioned phone and some of the scenarios. So I would personally choose not to use DVD 3. Also DVD 3 has information about contraceptives that we cover comprehensively with our powerpoint on docushare. I visited Clinic 275 last year and checked that our information was still relevant with the Nurse who is responsible for Education in the clinic. She affirmed our work.

CRIS has this DVD resource available but as it’s expensive many schools opt to borrow it from us and it can be hectic relying on this resource to be available. It’s got a few years left in it so it’s worth buying even though it in the four hundred dollar price bracket. the teaching manual accompanying the resources is fairly timeless. This resource also has a good integration of physical, relational, social, spiritual and emotional aspects of growth and human sexuality.

Purchase at this link: http://opendoors.com.au/education/?page_id=639


‘The Problem with Pornography’ DVD and Teacher Guide Resource by Choicez Media

“The Problem with Pornography” is a three part DVD Resource for young men, dealing with the nature and impact of pornography and encourages them toward a vision of manhood that values and respects women.

This resource must be carefully considered using the checklist for resources. Particularly be mindful of the scope and sequence and standards to ensure it is taught at the appropriate level.

There not many resources around that tackle this difficult issue. We must work with a variety of data and research to complement a resource such as this because we have such limited resources in this area.

The overall message in this presentation is one that invites young men to consider how they want to be in the world. It heavily stresses the dangers to society and individuals as a result of pornographic consumption.

Some issues for me are that The text makes some assumptions about ‘being male’ and ‘about being female’ that I think could be expanded upon and challenged with a variety of perspectives about male and female differences. I also felt that it was not necessary to show the footage of the interview with the murderer. I think that could have been referenced but not showed. However Jonathon Doyle did clarify that not all pornography usage results in violent criminal behavior. Another issue I had with this text was the negative portrayal of modern society. Finally this text talks about pornography as a ‘male’ issue. I understand it is a text targeted at boys, however it is a community issue. It would have to be up to each school community to discern how to use this text, whether or not to use this text and how to implement it.

Having said this, I believe this resource can be used constructively in conjunction with current research and data about the impact of pornography such as the impact it has on brain function, relationships and also about human trafficking and the harm it has on the women and children subject to the industry. Melinda Tankard Reist has some great resources for this purpose.

‘Girls Talk Young Women Speak their Hearts and Minds’ edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

This text was printed in 1998 and while it is dated there are some great little extracts that could be used to frame a conversation around ethical and moral issues for young men and women, although the primary targeted audience is female. There is an authenticity in the poems and extracts as they have been crafted by young women. There is a poem on page 95 of the 1998 publication that I feel confident many teenagers (male and female) might identify with about the strained teenage/parent relationship.

In this revealing exploration of the world of adolescent girls, teenagers share their thoughts on important issues in their lives, including relationships, bodies, families, school, sex, prejudice, and independence. Joyful, poignant and powerful accounts include short poems, heartfelt stories and diary extracts that explore friendships; obstacles and discrimination; the complexities of family life and the quest for independence; and girls’ struggles to understand their sexuality, achieve their dreams and be accepted.

‘Tommy’s New Sister’ by Gerda Marie Scheidl

This picture book published in 1999 deals with Tommy’s adjustment to having a new sister. Tommy wants life to go back to the way it was and tries a few different methods that get him into trouble. Eventually Tommy and his sister share a bonding moment that makes Tommy realize he loves having a baby sister. This story could be really useful with Year 1 students and links well to the curriculum regarding family and change.