It became quickly apparent that fifth grade girls and boys, gathered in the same room for human sexuality lessons, were not going to feel free to ask questions. So, I decided I would leave a box in their room after each session, and at the beginning of the next class I would read out loud and answer any questions they had placed there.
My first experience with this method produced five written questions. My confidence grew as I found them to be fairly simple to answer directly—things like, “How old are you when you can’t have babies any longer?” Easy to handle. However, I paused and swallowed as I unfolded the final slip of paper and read, “What is a one night stand?”
I do remember I remained calm, serious, and “nurse-like” as I addressed the question. I cannot, however, tell you a thing I said! I also remember the two fifth grade teachers sitting in the back of the room, who looked up from grading papers to smile at me as they watched and listened. I knew they were thinking, “OK, Nurse Flemr, let’s see you handle this one!”