The Adolescent Brain. 40% of synapses are pruned during adolescence that are not needed to support future development to form the mature brain. The Frontal Lobe
The Adolescent Brain
40% of synapses are pruned during adolescence that are not needed to support future development to form the mature brain.
The Frontal Lobe
This part of the brain is still developing, but is refining during this time andcontrols attention, inhibition of impulses, integration of information, regulation of behavior through planning, and complex cognitive capacities.
Also during adolescence there is a spurt in areas of the brain dedicated to spatial abilities.
The Corpus Callosum
This part of the brain has already peaked by the age of 6, but continues to develop through adolescence. It is responsible for smooth coordination of movements of both sides of the body, perception, attention, memory, language, and problem solving skills.
Children going through this time of change might enjoy reading about a character
who is also going through the same time period. It is also good to provide strong and successful male and female characters in literature. Biograhpies are popular at this age.
Since the corpus callosum is developing during adolescence and it is responsible for skills such as: attention, memory, language, and problem solving skills this age group would love mystery books such as: Stories with Holes by Nathan Levy and 39 Clues by Rick Riordan. Choose Your Own Adventure books would also stimulate this part of the brain. These books would also stimulate the frontal lobe, which controls attention, integration of information, regulation of behavior through planning, and complex cognitive capacities.
Michael L. Printz AwardThis award honors excellence in literature written for young adults.http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/printzaward/Printz.cfm
YALSA website (Young adult library service website with booklists)
Using these materials, have students create a 3-D
model of the subject you are currently teaching:
life cycles, habitats, literacy block, or concepts
such as measuring, nutrition, etc.
Gross Motor Skills Development
Gross Motor Skills are the movements of the large muscles in the body. Normal 8-12 age children experience motor skills that:
become smoother and more coordinated
allow running, skipping, bicycle riding, and skating.
At this age boys usually out perform girls in gross motor skills, while girls out perform boys in fine motor skills
Gross Motor Development Activities
For a math activity, you can take the children outside and have them measure different distances that they can throw or kick a ball. Have them do a couple of tries and then incorporate mean, median, and mode. This can be done by collecting the data then heading back inside to display their findings on a large piece of chart paper.
There is only one pubertal milestone in an average boy by age 11 and only a few more that even fall within the 8-11 age range at all, But, other changes will be coming quickly. It is very important to make boys aware of what these changes are and how they will affect them, so they are not taken by surprise when they do occur.,
Puberty In Boys
Milestone Averate Age Age Range
Testes begin to enlarge 10 9 - 13.5
Pubic hair appears 12 10 - 15
Penis begins to enlarge 12 10.5 - 14.5
Heights spurt begins 12.5 10.5 - 16
First ejaculation occurs 13.5 12 - 16
Peak height spurt 14 12.5 - 15.5
Peak weight spurt 14 12.5 - 15.5
Facial hair begins to grow 14 12.5 - 15.5
Penis/tests growth completed 14.5 12.5 - 16
Peak strength spurt 15.3 13 - 17
Adult stature reached 15.5 13.5 - 17.5
Pubic hair growth completed 15.5 14 - 17
Something to consider . . .
Boys undergoing these pubertal changes early will be looked up to by their classmates and considered a leader. Boys who go through these changes very late may be ostracized by classmates. It is important to be sensative to the needs of both boys who may develop early and those who may develop late.
Puberty in Girls
*Reaction in Girls
-commonly act surprised with a mix of positive and negative emotions
-their emotions are usually based on their prior knowledge and support
-girls who mature early are usually seen as unpopular, lack self confidence and are anxious
-girls who mature later are usually lively, sociable, leaders and attractive.
*As teachers and role models it is important to understand that these changes will vary child to child. The more supportive and open you are the more likely the child will be to adjust smoothly and ask questions when they feel confused.
Female Puberty Milestones
Girls Average Age Age Range
Breast begin to bud 10 8-13
Height spurt begins 10 8-13
Pubic hair appears 10.5 8-14
Peak strength spurt 11.6 9.5-14
Peak height spurt 11.7 10-13.5
First menstruation 12.5 10.5-14
Peak weight spurt 12.7 10-14
Adult stature reached 13 10-16
Activities and Resources for Developing Girls
-http://www.sexualityandu.ca/teachers/pdf/GirlsandPuberty.pdf ( Great lesson for presenting the information to females)
(Great information to provide parents with talking to their daughter about puberty)
( Resource for girls, teachers and parents)
* A question box could be placed somewhere in the room for students to drop in their questions. They could sign their name or have it anonymous and the teacher could provide answer with out embarrassing the student.
* A lunch bunch could be created where the girls could eat lunch with trusted adults in the school to discuss any questions they may have.
* In students health journals they could journal about what they are feeling, or write down resources the teacher has for them and even glue in handouts.