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adolescent development

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Rene Etheridge

on 29 September 2013

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Transcript of adolescent development

Adolescent Development
A historically accepted right of passage
Mental Development
adolescent years=period of massive brain development
emotional volatility
thoughtlessness & self-centered behavior
reckless activities
dangerous experimentation
risk & reward calibration and the regulation of behavior and emotions
development of more complex abstract thought
Early Adolescence: Concrete ‘here and now’ thinking, but an exploration of some early moral concepts. Middle Adolescence: The development of abstract thinking, but still limited and unrefined, for example still perceiving yourself as largely bulletproof. Late Adolescence: Capable of complex abstract thinking, an ability to differentiate between law and morality, and an increased control of impulses.
Emotional Development
Why all the fuss?

Like the exploring toddler, the young person must let go of his parents to find his own feet and the parents must let the toddler try – and sometimes fall
The past re presented
• Honed intellect and hormones

• Experimentation and exploration – finding and pushing boundaries

• Tussles for control
Spiritual Development
Refuge in music
Refuge in groups and gangs
Conflict and splitting
“…immaturity is an essential element of health…”
“…how does one reach stability and at the same time retain flexibility…”
“…rebellion belongs to freedom…”
“…to use symbols, to play, to dream, to be creative in satisfying ways…”
Adolescent struggle – a matter of life and death
“…the adolescent who wins too early is caught in his own trap, must turn dictator…”
Physical Development
Acknowledgement of a specific cultural context
Four spheres to explore...
It may be hard to remember our childhood accurately, but few people forget their adolescence.
Let's look inside the teenage brain..
Use your graphic organizer to take notes during the video
Prominent Theorist
Diet, nutrition & drugs
Rapidly changing input
Variation in family pattern
Less physical activity & more tv
Greater stress, threat and violence
Environment Factors Affecting the Growing Brain
Talk in your groups about what information you took away from "Inside the Teenage Brain"
Use chart paper to write 5 main points and how you will use this information in your classroom
1. Quietly read your article
2. Highlight key points
3. Discuss with your expert group
4. Complete Cornell Notes
5. Return to small group and share
Please complete brain quiz independently.
Do not share answers
Take a look at your brain quiz...
Do you want to change any of your answers?
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