The prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain involved in decision-making, planning and self-control, is the last part to mature; their signals are not getting to the back of the brain fast enough to regulate their emotions. As a teacher this can be difficult to deal with as students may forget their learning materials or homework at home. To help aid in this a teacher can keep homework/testing routine (i.e. homework is assigned on Mondays and due Fridays), keep homework short and simple, or use incentives in the classroom for completed homework
Teenagers undergo major changes in their limbic system, the area of the brain that controls emotions, at the onset of puberty. It is important for adults to set good examples of appropriate emotional responses to help young people navigate difficult situations that are increasingly common among teens and adolescents; opportunities for learning from such experiences in the context of a loving and supportive family are key to helping the adolescent develop and use this ability as an adult. Teachers can help by setting similar examples for students within the school with other staff, or allowing the students to role play, pending the classroom environment.
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Today's Lesson - Technology!
Mental abilities like IQ are not set in stone. This realization underlines the importance of measuring mental engagement during the high school years—and cutting late bloomers some slack. The plasticity of the teenage brain means that it’s never too late to get kids involved in learning. Afterschool activities, exercise and meditation can benefit brain circuitry. Providing students with opportunities to find themselves and daring to meet challenges in science, education, within communities and among peers can have profound effects on them. As educators, we need to provide these learning outlets for students through after school clubs or school/class-wide competitions.
Social media has taken off in recent years, there's no doubt about that; however, the expansion of social media has drastically changed today's adolescents in the aspect of they spend more time communicating through a screen compared to face-to-face conversations. Social media is how they connect with the outside world and with each other. The risk associated with social media is it opens up a new avenue for bullying. As a teacher, I think it is important to understand how social media works, by understanding social media and how it works, we can provide support to those students who fall victim to cyber bullying.
Technology has advanced drastically throughout the years. Computers and smartphones are utilized on a daily basis, unlike several years ago when phones were attached to the walls and internet was dial up instead of wifi. As an educator, I believe it is important to find a balance in the classroom. For example, we want to incorporate technology into the classroom because students relate to the newer technologies better than flipping through a textbook; however, boudaries need to be set to ensure students aren't sitting on their personal smartphones all day. The more advanced adolescents become, the more willing we teachers needs to be able to adapt.
The number of distressed young people is on the rise and their minds have always craved stimulation, and their emotional reactions are by nature urgent and sometimes debilitating; the biggest variable being the climate in which they navigate this stage of development and the communication they receive from those around them. Parents and teachers who find out students suffer from various mental illnesses claim they had no idea and their best response to give is to say "I’m sorry you’re in pain. I’m here for you." Sometimes, letting a student know you are there and willing to listen is the best support you can give, and sometimes all students want is to be heard by someone.