The Four Core Aspects Of Adolescence

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Adolescence can be a very turbulent, trying time of the human lifespan. It is commonly recognized as the developmental period between the ages of 10 and 15, and is where peak growth—both physical and mental—takes place. When it comes to physical development, no two adolescents are the same. Girls tend to hit “growth spurts” before boys their ages do, and thus can be taller than their male counterparts for a time. At the same time, boys’ voices are starting to change to become deeper, and they can have intense growing pains as their growth plates are in action, causing them to grow taller as well. Adolescence is generally recognized as the time when puberty truly begins to take place, and the sudden surge of hormones and onset of physical development …show more content…
Middle Schools are Developmentally Responsive in nature, meaning that they take into account the ages and mental capacities of the adolescents that attend the school, and adapt their curriculum to best suit their needs. Junior Highs were infamous for loading children down with curriculum and teaching styles that aren’t effective for the age group. At the same time, Middle Schools should be inherently challenging. Every student should be given a goal to reach, and teachers can adjust the bar to be higher or lower, based solely on the student in question. No one should be bored in the room, nor should they be swamped with material that they’re not ready for. Everyone should be challenged on their own level, and pushed to succeed in their own way. Middle Schools should be empowering, in that they lay the groundwork and provide education that will help children be successful their entire lives. The middle grade ages are the most important, as this is the time where someone quite literally learns how to be a person in today’s society. Middle Schools give that guidance and real-world education that they need to be successful. Finally, Middle Schools should be equitable. This is quite close to my heart, as it’s my true teaching philosophy. Students should be treated fairly, not equally. Every child experiences the world in a different way, and for some it can be quite dark. Every child has a secret struggle that we as teachers sometimes know little to nothing about. Teachers in the Middle School should be patient, and advocate for their students to ensure every individual child’s right to learn in their

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