As a middle school teams you are probably always short of time because there is so much you want to accomplish! However, if you have ten minutes during a common planning session you might enjoy matching your knowledge about the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical developmental characteristics of the your adolescents you teach with recent research. Here in game format is a pdf version of a presentation on this topic.
Click on the word “adolesdev” above and you will be able to download a pdf file.
Here’s a sample:
Take time to reflect on the information in the presentation:
- Which of your beliefs were validated?
- What surprised you?
- What information might impact your practice as a team? as individual teachers?
- What additional information do you need?
For more information on the characteristics of young adolescents, check out NMSA’s Fundamentals for Student Success in the Middle Grades at http://www.nmsa.org/Advocacy/AdvocacyToolstoUse/FundamentalsPresentation/tabid/793/Default.aspx.