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From: Julie Hoffman (hoffmanj@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 17:29:44 EDT

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    on 4/10/00 12:05 PM, Betsy Scheidemantel at scheidemantelb@basd.k12.pa.us
    wrote:

    > In the teaching of Biology I too have come across the sexual inuendos and
    > words in the classroom and I have found that if I just say them, present the
    > facts or definitions and then move on there is very little giggling that
    > continues. While these words are necessary in the study of anatomy I do not
    > feel that in choosing literature that it must be present. Language, on the
    > other hand is sometimes necessary to get the mood across and while I do not
    > like it I have found that if I down play it the students tend to also.
    >
    > Betsy Scheidemantel
    Betsy,
    I agree with you on how the approach you take with the students will often
    set the tone for how they will react to language and sensitive topics.. As
    silly as the students can respond at times, if you approach sensitive
    topics or language in a mature fashion, they will respond in a mature
    fashion also. I have even had students who often are quite colorful with
    their language in the hallways at school, ask, when reading story excerpts
    in class that may contain a "Damn" or "Hell", whether they should read this
    aloud in the classroom.

     

     

     



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