Week 3: Breadcrumbs

Hey everyone,

This week I went through chapter 3 on student development.  Chapter 3 provided  a lot of ways to better understand my students, which will help me teach them as well (my overarching goal).  The chapter talked a lot about the search for identity, and role confusion.  One problem with identity  according to the text is that “who a person wants to be may not be the same as who he or she is in actual fact, nor the same as who other people want the person to be. In Erikson's terms, role confusion is the result,” (  

I try to help students by teaching them to not care about what others think of them, I feel like this makes the search for identity so much harder.  The text says another way to support identity development is offering students various types of role models through class texts, and even by inviting some to visit the class.  I think the most important thing you can do is to simply be a good role model, and create a positive  learning environment.

Chapter 3 also talked about student needs, which if tapped seem to solve so many problems I may face ahead.  I have studied Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs before, but have never heard self-actualization explained like it was in the text.  The text says that if you promote self-actualization in the classroom, your students will “value deep personal relationships with others, but also value solitude;” and will not use their sense of humor at the expense of others (  Maslow felt that true self-actualization is rare, especially among young people.  As long as I can help satisfy their earlier deficit-based needs I think it’s possible!  What about you guys?

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      This is well done. Thanks for your work.

      As you continue to work on student development, it will be helpful to move beyond the basics to a deeper level of details and specifics.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

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