Week 5- Breadcrumbs

This week I read chapter 3 and focused on Student Development. At times I forget that my students are adolescents that are still developing physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Sometimes when I am stressed, I remind myself that my students are still kids, who are growing, testing boundaries, and finding themselves. In my 9th grade classes, we just started the reproductive and development chapter. I was wary going into this unit, but the students are really receptive and interested. They were not aware of the reasoning and mechanisms behind puberty, which is affecting them directly.

Cognitively, most of my students are in Piaget’s formal operational stage. They can discuss about topics that are hypothetical by applying their reasoning and knowledge. I try to guide them with questions that broaden their thinking and scaffolds that organize their thoughts. Socially, my students should have mastered the industry and inferiority phase of their development, but in an academic sense, many have not. Some still feel defeated, lacking the confidence and the mindset to accomplish their academic goals. My students are also experiencing or about to experience their identity crisis. They are sorting out their identity and how they want to be perceived. Every week I facilitate an Advisory class, in which we circle up and talk about hopes, goals, struggles, accomplishments, and whatever else. It is a nice break from the day and it allows me to see where some of my students are at socially and emotionally, outside of the classroom.

In my other education classes, we talked in depth about Piaget and Erikson, but we did not talk much about moral development theories with Maslow, Kohlberg, and Gilligan. Maslow points out that people have a hierarchy of needs. People must fulfill their physical needs before they can focus on their education and self-fulfillment. Students cannot learn fully when they do not have food or a sense of safety. When those are met, then a student can then develop a desire of knowledge and to fulfill his/her potential. It is so frustrating that some of my students do not see their potential and what they can achieve when they actually apply themselves. Perhaps, their physical and emotional needs may not be met, so they are unknowingly putting their other needs on the back-burner. Also, like all development, it is a process that does not happen overnight. Overall, there are usually patterns that adolescents follow in their development, but each person and path is different.

    • Jonathan Lustberg
      Jonathan Lustberg


      It is great that you facilitate an Advisory class and get to really learn about your students in a different setting. Seems like this Chapter really shed some light on where they are in life mentally and will help with how you perceive them. Taking the time to stop and remind yourself to think about where the student is coming from really helps to elevate you to a higher level as an educator.

      Best of luck!

      -  Jonathan

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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