lilacpetals (lilacpetals) wrote in ed_ucate,

Presentation for middle schoolers

I went out for brunch with my cousin, an elementary school teacher, today. She knows that I ran a fundraiser for eating disorders awareness week, and she knows that I wrote a play about it. And she asked me if I'd be willing to do a presentation to the grade 7 and 8 classes at her school on the subject.

Now, my experience learning about eating disorders in middle school was through many presentations and videos that were meant to scare us away from them but just glamourized them. by the end of grade 8, the only school in the province with more eating disordered students was the national ballet school - we were in second place. morbid statistic, i know. they did give us some information on how to help ourselves, but not what to do if we suspected a friend had an eating disorder, and the way they presented them actually gave me tips on how to restrict etc while i was developing mine.

My cousin says that the middle schoolers at her school aren't worried that THEY might have eating disorders, aren't concerned about their friends. They're just curious. SO here are my questions:

1) do you think it's appropriate to be telling a group of 12-14 year olds about eating disorders simply because they're curious?
2) how would you go about giving them this information? what to say? what to avoid?

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