Why teach a lesson about CF ?
If you have a student in your class who has cystic fibrosis (CF) teaching the class about the condition can be beneficial in terms of increasing awareness and understanding. Depending on the age of the students, they may wonder why the student with CF has medication at school, has to go to hospital or is coughing a lot. Key points such as CF not being contagious can also be explained. With increased understanding the student may feel less embarrassed and more supported.
Before planning and teaching a lesson about CF
- Depending on the age of your student, check with the parents and the student that they are happy for the class to be taught about CF, and to know that they have it.
- Does the student want to contribute to the lesson with their personal story, or to even be the main presenter?
- Are you prepared for difficult questions about the life expectancy of CF or any areas that might cause the student embarrassment? It would be good to speak to the student about what their level of understanding is and what things they find difficult to discuss.
Teaching the lesson:
Teaching about CF depends on the age of the students in the class, if there are particular questions that need to be answered and how supportive the class are in general.
The lesson could be done as a Question and Answer session, a presentation by the student with CF, by watching a film explaining it, as part of a fundraising and awareness raising day or as part of a health or science program.
Share your lesson:
If you are a teacher, student or parent and have been involved in teaching students at your school something about CF, we would love to hear from you. Share your ideas with us so we can share with others! Look here for further details. Share your lesson
The lessons for students in primary are organised into topics and cater for Years One to Year Six.