Excursion #1- This We Believe

I found the reading "This We Believe- Keys to Educating Young Adolescents" to be very fascinating. I was unaware of the process which took place to separate young/emerging adolescents into a program designed specifically to support the rapid period of growth in which they endure. It is not shocking to read about how troublesome these years can be for a young adolescent as it is a period of changing and searching for ones identity. Middle Schoolers struggle to fit in and assimilate into their schools culture. In addition to this, their bodies are changing due to the early stages of puberty occurring simultaneously with a rapid cognitive growth. This cognitive growth is due to the placed responsibility of decision making and caring for personal health on the young adolescent. The reading spoke about how the responsibility of supporting this period of growth is on both the the middle school teachers as well as the students caregivers. As young adolescents require strict guidance, it is the duty of all parental figures in the child's life to assist them through that period of growth. I appreciate that the article spoke about the duel duty of middle educators to address not only academic development but personal development as well. It is crucial to learn effective time management and organizational skills at this stage of development as these are necessary skills which students will need to continue to develop throughout their years in high school and beyond.  Through reading through my peers responses regarding Middle School memory, it seems that a common factor in the majority was remembering their freedom of expression throughout Middle School. Multiple peers discussed how they appreciated the flexibility and autonomy they were granted from their middle school teachers. As there is a need for guidance, students have a false sense of independence as this is a period of maturation and growth. The reading confirms this as it explains how young adolescents need the guidance despite thinking they have everything figured out. This is an important lesson for every Middle School educator to learn as it will improve both the learning as well as the rapport we share between teacher and students. 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Steven,

      I found your response to the text and to your colleagues' postings to be very interesting. You used a word that I don't remember any of the others mentioning -- guidance.

      You said:

      As young adolescents require strict guidance, it is the duty of all parental figures in the child's life to assist them through that period of growth.

      and

      Multiple peers discussed how they appreciated the flexibility and autonomy they were granted from their middle school teachers. As there is a need for guidance, students have a false sense of independence as this is a period of maturation and growth. 

      I would really like to know more about what you mean here. How are you defining guidance? What could/should teachers do to provide it? What are the benefits? The challenges?

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