Your students’ future is important to you. As a teacher, you are invested in their long-term success each and every day. It is important that your students develop the critical thinking skills they need to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to sex.

Stop-and-Think® is a 90-minute presentation that will review the critical thinking skills your middle or high school students will need to make those choices. Stop-and-Think® provides your students with an open, judgment-free environment where they are free to speak their minds and share their opinions about sex without the guilt or anxiety associated with those conversations. At the core of the presentation are three key critical thinking skills:

Examine Influences

In today’s society, students are exposed to varying messages about sex. They will learn to look critically at those sources. They will learn to ask the following questions:

  • Who or what am I receiving information from?
  • What are they telling me?
  • What are the motives behind the message?
  • Does this person have my best interest in mind?

Consider Personal Values

Each student is unique and has individual goals and values. Those goals and values should be considered prior to making any major decision. Before having sex, it is important for students to consider their future. During the presentation students will have an opportunity to consider the following questions:

  • What are my life goals? What do I want to accomplish?
  • What are my character goals? Who do I want to be?
  • What type of relationship do I want to be in? What is important to me?

Students will determine whether the choices they make will bring them closer to or take them further away from their goals.

Determine Pros and Cons

The Stop-and-Think® presentation asks students to weigh the possible pros and cons of the decision to become sexually active. Through this analysis, students can determine the long and short term benefits and risks of their choices.

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