When the subject matter in a class is as important for students as learning how to protect themselves from HIV infection, a straightforward lecture by the teacher is just not going to have the necessary impact. Teachers need to identify techniques that can help them bring the relevance and significance of HIV infection home to their students. This chapter will outline some activities that teachers may choose to utilize in reaching their students with this vital information. As in Chapter 3, little attempt will be made to assign activities to appropriate age or grade levels. Teachers can pick and choose the activities they feel will be most useful for their individual classes.
Because a unit of comprehensive AIDS education breaks new ground in at least some areas, teachers and students may both initially be somewhat uncomfortable. It is important, however, to make sure that students are actively engaged in the presentation from the word go.