topic two – close
teacher's notes - general approach
In all relationships we need to have our own space which may be
a physical area or a feeling inside ourselves. This is especially
true of teenagers, who are trying to find their own identity. However,
at the same time they are keen to be part of the crowd, to be wanted
and to be loved. Thus some relationships become too close and too
intense, and often sexual. Many young people have problems over
this, so this topic looks at these one-to-one relationships.
The activities below aim to help the pupils to think out the part
that respect for the other person plays as a relationship deepens.
These activities give you and the class a choice of approach to
the question of building close and healthy one-to-one relationships
of mutual respect.
To initiate the thinking about the need we each have for our own
space, you could use these or similar questions.
1. Where/how do you find your own space?
2. Is it always a particular place?
3. Is there anything you like to do which gives you space?
4. Do you feel that you have to do everything with your best friend?
5. How do you think you can respect the space of your best friend?
There are further questions on worksheet
3 on page 10 This space reserved. These could
be discussed in small groups with each person writing their own
answers on the worksheet. The interview on worksheet
5 page 12 Still driving together after sixty years
may help in answering question five. Later some of the ideas could
be pooled and discussed with the whole class.