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Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, to year-olds, experience rapid and significant developmental change. Understanding and responding to the unique developmental characteristics of young adolescents is central among the tenets of middle level education.
Tenets of This We Believe addressed: Educators who value working with this age group and are prepared to do so Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory Organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning During the 20th century, early adolescence gained acceptance as a distinctive period of development.
Stanley HallAmerican psychologist, identified early adolescence i. Hall's study of adolescence captured not only the interest of scholars, but also the public Arnett, Other notable psychologists and theorists Flavell, ; Havighurst, ; Piaget,advanced the credibility of early adolescence and developmental stage theory.
Donald Eichhorna founder of the middle school, highlighted the importance of considering young adolescents' developmental characteristics when planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment and organizing the environment of the school. Professional organizations Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ; National Association of Secondary School Principals, ; National Middle School Association,authored position statements and offered recommendations about the educational programs and practices that would address young adolescents' development.
Research suggests distinctive characteristics of young adolescents with regard to their physical, cognitive, moral, psychological, and social-emotional development, as well as spiritual development Scales, While examining these developmental characteristics of young adolescents, two cautions warrant consideration.
First, developmental characteristics are overlapping and interrelated; each affects another characteristic. These categorizations vary and are relatively arbitrary Scales, Many factors—race, ethnicity, gender, culture, family, community, environment and the like—influence development.
Cognizant of these cautions, a summary of developmental characteristics follows. Physical Developmental Characteristics Physical development refers to bodily changes including growth, improved gross and fine motor skills, and biological maturity. In early adolescence, the young adolescent body undergoes more developmental change than at any other time except from birth to two years old.
Because bones are growing faster than muscles, young adolescents often experience coordination issues. The onset of puberty is an intense developmental period with hormones signaling the development of primary sex characteristics genitalia and secondary sex characteristics e.
Girls tend to mature one to two years earlier than boys Caissy, The increased adrenal hormone production affects skeletal growth, hair production, and skin changes Dahl, The young adolescent brain undergoes remarkable physical development.The assignment requires students to reflect upon the importance of honesty and the consequences of lying.
Writing Assignment: •Write about a situation in which you lied . Character Analysis Essay Assignment: Your assignment is to write a character analysis of a major character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Once you have chosen a character to analyze, choose three adjectives that describe that character. Writing Your Thesis Statement. Twelve Assignments Every Middle School Student Should Write is a revision and expansion of Gary’s earlier book, Middle School Writing Projects: Ideas for Writing Across the Curriculum.
With this book, Gary has offered a roadmap for both using writing and teaching. Character education and life skills teaching guides for middle school. Teaching Guides (for middle school) Discussion Questions, Writing Assignments, and Student Activities for Character Education and Life Skills.
for grades 6 - 8: for grades 5 - 9: for grades 7 - . Twelve Assignments Every Middle School Student Should Write is a revision and expansion of Gary’s earlier book, Middle School Writing Projects: Ideas for Writing Across the Curriculum.
With this book, Gary has offered a roadmap for both using writing . Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students.
Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students explore opposing viewpoints and strengthens the ability to research topics and empathize with others.