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Tough Stuff: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships

One difficult topic to discuss with high school students is what constitutes an unhealthy and abusive romantic relationship. This collection of resources provides both objective information as well as exploration activities to help you deliver engaging and accessible lessons on this tough topic. Students can be more comfortable learning about or exploring these topics on their own through guided lessons, and then they will be more comfortable discussing in class.
A Collection By Teresa Potter
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Tough Stuff: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This is a collection of lessons on the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships. They cover a variety of lesson styles. These would be good lessons if you wanted to lead an in-class lesson on this topic rather than providing the above links to students to explore on their own before a class activity.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This video provides snapshots of what real relationships are like for teens. I use it in my classroom as a way for my students to relate to other students before we start the unit on unhealthy relationships so that my age difference isn't a barrier to them listening to the topic.
  • Is This Abuse?

    Website
    loveisrespect.org
    loveisrespect.org
    Teresa Potter says:
    This short article gives a very concise list of warning signs of an abusive relationship. This checklist works well to follow up the spectrum activity as you move into the harder to discuss topics. It also gives the information they need to understand the Power and Control Wheel.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This interactive activity allows students to explore a variety of abusive relationship situations. You click on the example and it takes you to a page with examples and a video or case study of a student telling about what this looks like in real life.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    After I have introduced my students to the idea of healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, I use this video to show that these exist on a spectrum rather than just being 100% right or 100% wrong behaviours.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This clickable interaction allows students to explore several different situations that fall at different positions on the spectrum of healthy or unhealthy relationship behaviors. The examples given are relatable to students to help them apply what they have been learning.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This article takes an in depth look at what is a healthy relationship and what are signs of an unhealthy relationship. Many times student's haven't thought these behaviors in terms of being on opposite ends of a spectrum, so this article does a nice job of showing that there are right and wrong ways to be treated.
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