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Adolescent Development

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Shannon Judah

on 11 February 2013

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Emotional Development "Mood swings are a quintessential characteristic of young adolescence. Emotions change rapidly. Students are happy one moment and angry or sad the next; quiet one day and loud and boisterous the next; terrified with respect to one issue and overconfident about another; anxious on Monday and self-assured on Tuesday." (Brown & Knowles, 51) Social Development "Although academics remain important in preparing these students for life, teachers acknowledge the vital role that socialization plays during the middle school years." (Brown & Knowles, 40) Physical Development Cognitive Development Moral Development "Deciding what is "right" is often a cloudy process for young adolescents, depending on the situations that arise in their lives and from whom they seek approval." (Brown& Knowles, 49) Through the
Eyes of an Adolescent Identity Development References: http://www.clarku.edu/departments/psychology/assets/headerimgs/phd.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lS_OMAVCGcY/UQmrx9oOdMI/AAAAAAAAHKU/Ys41v39LVGI/s1600/Who-Am-I.jpg Created by: Shannon Judah
http://images.flatworldknowledge.com/stangor/stangor-fig06_015.jpg http://www.migration.uni-jena.de/project4/images/Start_Wertemodell_en.png http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0-U7mNImCMQ/TrPXqdqC4mI/AAAAAAAAARE/jhRttqaW4ZM/s1600/MoralCompass.jpg http://www.breakingthecycles.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/timelapse.jpg http://www.californiateenhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/volunteers.jpg http://www.californiateenhealth.org/health-topics/youth-development http://www.californiateenhealth.org/health-topics/youth-development http://www.healthofchildren.com/photos/puberty-2167.jpg Egocentric Thought Processes moving towards a more worldly perspective. http://beinglatino.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/egocentrism_pic.jpg "The physical changes have such a dramatic impact on the emotions, learning, and social interactions that discussing them can make perceived inadequacies seem even more real." (Brown & Knowles, 25) Instructional Strategy This is a touchy subject and students don't typically want to discuss their pimples, voice changes, height, weight, or respective hormones. So it is probably a better idea to seek out informational websites that may discuss and inform the students on their own terms. But of course as a teacher you should also be available to discuss any issues a student brings to you personally. I think it is also important to think about some of these questions students might ask and what they might search for on the internet to find their answers. For example some search terms might be; puberty, period, wet dreams, heterosexuality, homosexuality, identity, height, growth, breast, pubic hair, and deeper voice. If you go to a search engine type in a few of these key words and see what you find. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" This shows the perspective of some of the daily issues that middle school students encounter. The book series is also extremely popular in my experience with the 3rd -5th grade, not sure if it is actually popular with middle school students though. Emotional development in adolescence can be challenging because it is often a roller coaster of ups and downs. As a Social Studies and Reading Teacher I think resources are a teachers best tool. This includes your professional network as well as literature and technology. Emotions are volatile in adolescents and also connected to everything else a student is going through. If a student is excessively angry and continually expressed themselves in such a manner, I would try communicating with the student first and possibly finding an outlet for that frustration through physical activity, or suggesting an alternative way to help them solve any problems that are triggering their anger.
http://blogs.lifeway.com/blog/girlsministry/drama-mask.jpg http://www.soulshepherding.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/emotional-rollercoaster.jpg Social Development is significantly complex from the perspective of the adolescent, and society itself is a complex system. So to imagine the difficulties of associating or "fitting" into a particular group within a school setting is a particularly emotional business for adolescents. Then to further complicate matters today's adolescents technology and media further influence the social organization of adolescent groups. As a teacher it is important to encourage social interaction and plan social lesson plans. Community service projects can also help students broaden their perspectives of the world. Integrating social surveys can also be a way to connect children with their classmates, while providing you with useful information about your students' personalities. Also closely connected with social groups and peer influences. MOCK TRIALS for social studies http://media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com/550/c2/7f/17/c27f174ce9f1d5a3ffeb27127e1dc9ef.jpg http://pinterest.com/pin/419045940297811701/ http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/31650.html -Plato Historiography Social Justice
What does society consider just? According to whom? Does time restrain this process?
There are obvious inconsistencies in the history of America.
"This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free."-George Carlin http://www.theplumtree.net/activities/ COPING SKILLS LINK By Shannon Judah Often we get caught up in that which we should accomplish as teachers, the standards, the rules, and of course the testing scores. But think for a moment about where are the minds of your students? Find the connection if you have to swim after it.... If you can not make the material you're teaching relevant to the young minds in your classroom, then you must ask yourself another question entirely... Am I teaching? You tube link Self Reflective Pedagogy "Developing an identity involves many aspects of one's personality. Young adolescents begin to form identities as they choose values and beliefs and set goals for themselves (Rice and Dolgin 2005)." (Brown & Knowles, 52.) Identity is an extremely complex life long process. Integrating multicultural perspectives and exposing your students to a variety of different interests is important to help them find their strengths and weaknesses. Allowing room for exploration through reading subjects and social studies projects can help students "find" important pieces of their identity. "Some of the most significant changes occuring during young adolescence are changes to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the brain. The PFC is considered the CEO of the brain, influencing one's abilities and skills in making appropriate decisions, considering the impact of certain behaviors, planning for the future, and organizing materials. Walsh (2004) described it as a "major construction site," noting that it is far from being fully developed throughout all of adolescence (43)." (Brown & Knowles, 28) Brown, D., & Knowles, T. (2007). What every middle school teacher should know. (2nd ed.).Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
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