Young Adolescents. Who are they and how do we teach them?. “In no other stage of the life cycle, are the promises of finding oneself and the threat of losing oneself so closely allied.” -Erik Erikson.
Who are they and how do we teach them?
- M.A. James
Wide range of intellectual development
Transition from concrete to abstract thinking
Prefer active learning experiences
Enjoy interaction during learning experiences
Excel with real-life learning
Begin to develop intra-personal intelligence
Keen observers of adults
Fluctuation of self-esteem levels
Self-conscious and highly sensitive
Develop traditional sex-role behaviors
Desire recognition for their positive behavior and achievements
Create a safe, supportive educational environment
Active engagement of students and teachers
Establish mentoring/advisorship programs
Relevant, challenging curriculum
To change the world, teach a young adolescent.
- National Middle School Association