Presentation on theme: "Name of your middle school. Early adolescence Young adolescent development Physical Intellectual Emotional Social The middle school program Our program."— Presentation transcript:
Early adolescence Young adolescent development Physical Intellectual Emotional Social The middle school program Our program Resources
Early adolescence is the time in life between ten to fifteen years old when children are developing socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. More growth occurs during early adolescence than at any other time of life.
Young Adolescent Development PhysicalIntellectualEmotionalSocial
Experience rapid, irregular physical growth Experience periods of restlessness and fatigue due to hormonal changes Have varying maturity rates, girls tend to be 1 ½ to 2 years ahead of boys in beginning puberty Need good nutrition but prefer junk food Need outlets for releasing energy Awkward
Need to have learning connected to real life situations Developing capacity to understand higher levels of humor Inquisitive about adults and are keen observers of them Beginning to think critically about the world around them Moving from concrete to abstract thinking Intensely curious
Tend to be self-conscious Experience mood swings Often preoccupied with self Seeking to become more independent Highly sensitive to personal criticism, embarrass easily Desire recognition for their positive efforts and achievements Begin to experience feelings of sexual/romantic attraction
Like fads, especially those shunned by adults Very sensitive to feedback and criticism Are socially vulnerable as they are developing their beliefs, attitudes, and values Increasingly concerned about peer acceptance and need to belong to a group Need moderate amounts of time alone Want to make more decisions on own, need for independence, can tend to test authority Social Characteristics
Be knowledgeable about the different stages of development Be sensitive to the variation between adolescents; do not compare your child to others Be open and informative about sexual changes
Encourage critical thinking at home Be sensitive to what is important to your child Keep communication open, talk to your child Do not use sarcasm Allow your child to choose what he/she wants to excel in
Set fair and consistent rules Be a responsible role model Encourage healthy choices Encourage good decision making Accept your child’s differences Maintain close supervision but view your child as responsible
A middle school is not about the grade levels housed within the building; it is about the program created within the building. The middle level program is designed specifically to address the needs of young adolescents.
Young adolescents rely on parents and significant adults for advice, especially when facing major decisions. Young adolescents need time to explore their environment, relationships, and interests as they are “finding themselves.” A decline in grades can happen. Young adolescents still need and want parent/adult support and supervision.
Academically: check school newsletters, access Infinite Campus, check report card, attend school events, email teachers, check homework Academically: check school newsletters, access Infinite Campus, check report card, attend school events, email teachers, check homework Socially: let your young adolescent invite friends over, attend events as chaperone, get to know parents of your child’s friends Socially: let your young adolescent invite friends over, attend events as chaperone, get to know parents of your child’s friends Personally: TALK openly with your child, get to know them as people--their likes, thoughts, and interests Personally: TALK openly with your child, get to know them as people--their likes, thoughts, and interests
Volunteer to help in the classroom or during school functions Join the parent teacher organization Serve on school committees Ask teachers if they need supplies Attend parent conferences Attend school functions
Association for Middle Level Education www.amle.org Project Appleseed – parental involvement in education www.projectappleseed.org Family Friendly Schools www.familyfriendlyschools.org Spark Action – stories, news, etc. for youth www.sparkaction.org National Education Agency – Parent Page www.nea.org/parents Parent Involvement Matters www.parentinvolvementmatters.org
Adolescence is a time of rapid change. Families, community, and teachers need to be aware, empathetic, and actively involved in the positive development of all adolescents. If schools, families, and community work together they have the ability to make the middle school years a positive and successful time for all young adolescents.
Association of Middle Level Education. (2010). This we believe: K eys to educating young adolescents. Westerville, OH: Author. Brighton, K. (2007). Coming of age: The education and development of young adolescents. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association. Strahan, D., L’Esperance, M., & VanHoose, J. (2009). Promoting harmony: Young adolescent development & classroom practices. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.